Youth librarians’ favorite books from the past year.

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Extra Yarn
Mac Barnett

E BARNETT

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.


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Eve Bunting

E BUNTING

While out for a walk, Mama Elephant answers her child’s questions about a monkey, a frog, a songbird, a butterfly, and a crocodile, all the while teaching about Little Elephant too.


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Mouse & Lion
Rand Burkert

E BURKERT

Presents an adaptation of Aesop’s classic tale about an unlikely friendship between a mouse and a lion in which an act of mercy proves to be a lifesaving gesture.


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Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper

J DRAPER

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.


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The Fault in Our Stars
John Green

TEEN GREEN

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.


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Dot
Patricia Intriago

CONCEPT OPPOSITES E INTRIAGO

Pairs of circular shapes convey opposite relationships in the arc of a day.


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I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen

E KLASSEN

A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.


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The Unwanteds
Lisa McMann

SF J MCMANN

In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.


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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Kadir Nelson

HISTORY US JNF NEL

An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.


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Blackout
John Rocco

E ROCCO

When a busy family’s activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.


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Plant a Kiss
Amy Krouse Rosenthal

HOLIDAY E ROSENTHAL

One small act of love blossoms into something more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined, in this journey about life, kindness, and giving.


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Divergent
Veronica Roth

SF TEEN ROTH

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


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Septimus Heap, Book Six: Darke
Angie Sage

SF J SAGE

Apprentice Septimus Heap must enter the Darke to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction, but he needs the help of many to battle the spreading Darkenesse.


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Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
April Pulley Sayre

E SAYRE

Photographs of vegetables and rhyming text celebrate vegetables in all their colorful and tasty variety.


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Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick

J SELZNICK

Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.


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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Joyce Sidman

E SIDMAN

Celebrates the shape of a spiral in nature, from rushing rivers to flower buds and even the shape of an ear.


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The Emerald Atlas
John Stephens

SF J STEPHENS

Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.


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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Melissa Sweet

BIOGRAPHY JNF SARG

Award-winning artist Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


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Press Here
Herve Tullet

E TULLET

Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images.


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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket
Chris Van Allsburg

TEEN CHRONICLES

A collection of stories based on illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.


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On the Blue Comet
Rosemary Wells

HIST J WELLS

When the Depression hits in Cairo, Illinois, and Oscar Ogilvie’s father must sell their home and vast model train set-up to look for work in California, eleven-year-old Oscar is left with his dour aunt, where he befriends a mysterious drifter, witnesses a stunning bank robbery, and is suddenly catapulted onto a train that takes him to a different time and place.


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Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!
Mo Willems

E WILLEMS

Amanda and her alligator have lots of fun together, but when Amanda’s grandfather buys her a panda, Alligator must learn to make new friends.


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Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Mo Willems

ER WILLEMS

Gerald must decide if he should share his ice cream before it’s too late.


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The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China
Ed Young

BIOGRAPHY JNF YOUNG

Outside the walls of Ed Young’s childhood home in Shanghai, China was at war. This powerful, poignant memoir is the story of one of our most beloved children’s book illustrators and the house his baba (father) built.


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