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‘New York Times’ Notable Children’s Books of 2014

Picture Books

Baby Bear. Written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, ages 2 to 6.) 

The Baby Tree. Written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, ages 4 to 8.) 

The Farmer and the Clown. Written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. (Beach Lane, ages 3 to 9.) 

Hannah’s Night. Written and illustrated by Komako Sakai. (Gecko, ages 2 and up.) 

Hansel and Gretel. By Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti. (Toon Graphic/Toon Books, ages 6 and up.) 

The Jacket. By Kirsten Hall. Illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova. (Enchanted Lion, ages 4 to 8.) 

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus. By Jen Bryant. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. (Eerdmans, ages 7 and up.) 

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. By Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. (Candlewick, ages 2 to 8.) 

The Storm Whale. Written and illustrated by Benji Davies. (Holt, ages 3 to 8.) 

Middle Grade

Arcady’s Goal. Written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. (Holt, ages 9 to 12.) 

Brown Girl Dreaming. By Jacqueline Woodson. (Nancy Paulsen, ages 10 to 16.)

Egg & Spoon. By Gregory Maguire. (Candlewick, ages 12 to 17.) 

El Deafo. Written and illustrated by Cece Bell. (Amulet, ages 8 to 12.) 

Heap House. Written and illustrated by Edward Carey. (Overlook, ages 10 and up.) 

The Madman in Piney Woods. By Christopher Paul Curtis. (Scholastic, ages 9 to 12.) 

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. By Steve Sheinkin. (Roaring Brook, ages 12 and up.) 

Rain Reign. By Ann M. Martin. (Feiwel & Friends, ages 8 to 12.) 

The Red Pencil. By Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. (Little, Brown, ages 8 to 12.) 

Sisters. Written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier. (Graphix/Scholastic. ages 8 to 12.) 

Young Adult

I’ll Give You the Sun. By Jandy Nelson. (Dial, ages 12 and up.)

The Impossible Knife of Memory. By Laurie Halse Anderson. (Viking, ages 12 to 17.) 

Noggin. By John Corey Whaley. (Atheneum, ages 14 to 17.) 

100 Sideways Miles. By Andrew Smith. (Simon & Schuster, ages 12 and up.) 

This One Summer. By Mariko Tamaki. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. (First Second, ages 12 to 15.) 

We Were Liars. By E. Lockhart. (Delacorte, ages 12 and up.)


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