Monday, December 30, 2013

Best Children's Books of 2013: Roundup of Reviewers' Choices

Book lovers, it's time to discover marvelous new books, meet unforgettable characters and amazing authors. The year 2013 brought many literary treasures. I'll kick off the new year with a roundup of top book review publications' lists of the best children's fiction and picture books of 2013. Among the many book choices, you'll meet well-known authors like Kate DiCamillo, Lemony Snicket, Patricia MacLachlan, and Jack Gantos and debut authors such as Tim Federle and Carrie Mesrobian.

You can get a quick look at many tantalizing books by checking out these lists:

2013 National Book Award Winners

Young People's Literature

Publishers Weekly

 PW's Best Children's Books of 2013

The Horn Book

Horn Book Fanfare: Our Choices for the Best Books of the Year

The New York Times

Notable Children's Books of 2013

School Library Journal

SLJ Best Books 2013 Fiction

SLJ Best Books 2013 Picture Books


Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2013


Best Children's Books of 2013

I'm including Betsy Bird's blog because I appreciate that it also mentions folktales and fairy tales, poetry
and graphic novels.

Elizabeth Bird's Blog

100 Magnificent Children's Books 2013

I'm certain many other wonderful books weren't selected and I'd like to hear about them. Do you have any favorite books from last year? If you do, please share your picks in the comments section below.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2014 with lots of happy reading time! I'm looking forward to seeing what books 2014 will bring. And I send wishes for happy publications coming true for new and aspiring writers and courage and contentment to all writers endeavoring to find the write words.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hybrid Books For Kids Growing in Popularity


What's a "hybrid" book for kids? Books with a mix of text and illustrations (and other visual media like videos). Think Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries and Stick Dog. Hybrids are usually funny. Often about underdogs.

Kids are eating them up like they're the Big Macs of Kid Lit. Many hybrids are best-sellers with authors like Jeff Kinney generating his own Wimpy Kid publishing empire.

Take a look at the recent article 'Stick Dog' a standout in increasingly popular hybrid books by Karen Macpherson, Scripps Howard News Service, for more about hybrid books.

Discover more about hybrids at these links:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Stick Dog Books by Tom Watson
New York Times: Curling Up With Hybrid Books
NPR: Hybrid Books: 'Illuminations' And The Future Of The E-Reader

A brief confession: I haven't read  many hybrid books. Not because they're not good. Just because I have too little time and too many books to read. I'm curious to hear from people who have read them and find out what they think.

Do you like hybrids?  If so, what are your favorites. Please feel free to comment.

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