Each week over 20 fabulous bloggers share their favorite picture books for kids on their Facebook pages. It’s a super fun series that I have the pleasure of coordinating. I asked everyone in the group to share their favorite book that they shared in 2014 and I’ve gathered them all here for you to enjoy!
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My top pick this year was Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park. Xander decides to throw a panda party at the zoo. But, he is the only panda at the zoo so he decides to invite all the bears. When the koala bear informs him that she is a marsupial not a bear, Xander ponders what to do. He decides to expand his guest list and before he knows it, all the animals are invited to the party. Xander is even more delighted when a special guest arrives at the last minute to his party. We enjoyed it so much that we used it for one of our Family Dinner Book Club meetings.
When Tracy from School 4 Boys recommended Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas we immediately put in our wish list from the library. It turned out to be one of my son’s favorite books. It even made his Favorite Books for 3-4 Year-Old’s List and it’s the main reason my son turned into a rhyming little dude.
Mia at Pragmatic Mom recently shared Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett is the story of two boys who dig a hole in hopes of finding something spectacular and they end up have a spectacular experience.
Jennifer at The Good Long Road picked Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin. What could be more fun than exploring colors with monsters?
*Jennifer won’t be sharing via The Good Long Road in 2015. But, she will be sharing occasionally via Multicultural Kids Blogs which will be taking over her share slot.
Darshana from the Flowering Minds picked Hooray for Hat by Brian Won. A parade of grumpy friends turns cheerful as they all share hats and friendship.
Vanessa from Pre K Pages recently shared Santa Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno. It is a holiday twist on the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Natalie at Planet for Smarty Pants chose The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman. Paul Erdos travels the world collaborating with mathematicians.
Emma blogs at P is for Preschooler shared The Monster Princess by D.J. MacHale. Lala is a goblin who longs to be a princess. It’s a wonderful story about appreciating who you are.
Mary Kinser blogs at Sprout’s Bookshelf selected Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns by Hena Kahn. The book explores the beauty and tradition of the Islam culture.
Stephanie is the talent behind Boy Mama Teacher Mama picked Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen. A little fly who likes to tease flies from one animal to another in a fun rhythmic tale.
One of my favorite shares recently from Jackie at Ready-Set-Read! was Night Tree by Eve Bunting. It’s a beautiful story of a family who visits a farm and decorates a tree each year for the animals to enjoy.
Deirde blogs at JDaniel’s4 Mom says her favorite pick is Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes is one of my favorite books to use to help children learn about being grateful. The illustrations are gorgeous.
Jacquie from KC Edventures shared a book this fall that was such a fun read. Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows is about all the animals who prepare to hibernate for the winter.
Renee blogs at Mother and Daughter Book Reviews selected Lady Emma and Her Land of Wonder by Martha Harrison. It is a wonderful story about fixing your own mix-ups and getting things in order before you can find your dreams.
MaryAnne from Mama Smiles:Joyful Parenting chose the classic Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. It’s the story of three owls who miss their Mama and are so excited when she returns.
Becky at Kid World Citizen selected Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. You just have to read this Dr. Seuss classic.
Katie blogs at Story Time Secrets picked the super funny Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cornin by which is probably my husband’s favorite book to read to the kids. This one will have the whole room giggling.
Reshama from Stacking Books says Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracy Kyle. It’s a bilingual rhyme about a picky eater. Mami’s little Nacho only wants to eat gazpacho but she finds a clever way fix the problem!
Leanna blogs at All Done Monkey picked First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac . It is a Cherokee legend of how strawberries came to be.
Ann from Doodles and Jots says Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal was her favorite pick from the year. It’s a story of believing and friendship. Uni believes that there are little girls real and are out there somewhere. A fun twist on whether or not unicorns are real.
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Growing Book by Book, JDaniel’s4 Mom, The Good Long Road, Mother Daughter Book Reviews, KCEdventures, Ready-Set-Read!, Flowering Minds, Sprout’s Bookshelf, Pragmatic Mom, Reading Confetti, Boy Mama Teacher Mama, School 4 Boys, Pre K Pages, Planet Smarty Pants, P is for Preschooler, Mama Smiles:Joyful Parenting, Kid World Citizen, Story Time Secrets, Stacking Books, All Done Monkey and Doodles and Jots.
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P.S.- Check out my other great book lists!
Sarah Wynne says
Have you checked out River Royals Master the Mississippi? It just won the Mom’s Choice Award! Kids have fun learning geography and patriotism from “river to shining sea” in this educational series. Happy reading in 2015!
Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says
Thanks Jodie! This looks so great. Thrilled to share! 🙂
Tina at Mommynificent says
That’s a fun round-up! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Happy New Year!
Samantha @ Stir the Wonder says
So many great books! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you stop by again next week!
AJ Irving says
Great list! There are a few books that we haven’t read yet. I’m excited to share these with my kiddos :).
Doing Good Together™ says
Thank you for this compilation. We love how helpful it is for books to be used to teach empathy to youngsters! We have an ever-growing list of big-hearted books to recommend to our fans and families and will definitely look into these titles for future recommendations. Happy New Year!
Thanks for sharing Picture Book of the Day picks including mine Jodie!! Love this post!
Alena Belleque (The Homemade Creative) says
Owl Babies looks really cute. ♥ My two year old is convinced that owls live in my bedroom’s ceiling, so she’d like this one!
We’ve just read Sam and Dave today as it was a Christmas present; loved it! Thanks for sharing some other titles which we’ll add to our list for this year 🙂
Love the book selections you shared! There are so many wonderful books to explore 🙂
~ linda says
What a great selection, Jodie. Many I know but many I do not so shall head to the bookshelves to check them out! Thanks, ~ linda
Jodie Rodriguez says
Hope you find some new titles you love Linda!