Notes From the Kids Staff

kids best of 2013 so far

~post by Children’s Book Buyer Meghan G.

This past month the kids staff has been displaying some of the books we really think have stood out from the rest of the releases this year. To cap off the celebration, we thought we would write about some of the books that spoke to us the most.

Of course, I’m going to cheat because, although there are a lot of books I’ve really loved this year, my favorite book of 2013 is just about to come out and I simply have to write about it. Plus we have secured SIGNED COPIES from the amazing Kate DiCamillo (the book is on shelves tomorrow – there’s still time to pre-order and reserve a copy.)

In Flora & Ulysses, comic book fan Flora + vacuumed-squirrel-turned-superhero Ulysses = a match made in oddball heaven! With effervescent eccentricity, trademark wit and incomparable heart, Kate DiCamillo gives us the unexpected and unlikely adventures of a super squirrel and the carefully cynical girl who lets him into her heart.

Here are some other books we are raving about:


Inside Outside by Liz Boyd is one of my favorite picture books of 2013. In this wordless book, a boy and his dog play inside and outside of their home. Clever die-cuts surprise the reader from beginning to end.”





That Is Not a Good Idea is my favorite book of 2013 because nobody can do as much with minimal text and simple line drawings as Mo Willems. His characters have more personality than some real people I know, his humor is sly and sneaky, and this book is one of my new favorite picks for storytime.”




Set in the underbelly of 1950’s New Orleans, Out of the Easy is part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story. Ruta Sepetys writes truly dynamic characters you can’t help but root for.”










The 5th Wave is one of the best teen sci-fi thrillers I’ve read so far. It’s one of those reads where you can literally say “this could be our future.” It’s very realistic, scary, and definitely reads like a movie script. I was thoroughly impressed and I can’t imagine how the rest of the series will turn out. Read. This.”

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