Best children’s books for 2013

“Read This Book!” Featuring Lisa Von Drasek

In a series of episodes of “Read This Book!” Lisa Von Drasek discusses her favorite children’s books for 2013.

Young Adult

  • “Indenpendent Study” (Testing Trilogy #2) by Joelle Charbonneau
  • “Uncrashable Dakota” by Andy Marino
  • “Romeo and Juliet” by Gareth Hinds
  • “Dark Triumph” by Robyn LaFevers

Chapter Books

  • “Anna Was Here” By Jane Kurtz
  • “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp” by Kathi Appelt
  • “The Thing About Luck” by Cynthia Kadohata
  • “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo

Interactive Books

  • “Nighty Night Little Green Monster” by Ed Emberly
  • “Animal Opposites” by Petr Horacek
  • “Flora and the Flamingo” by Molly Idle
  • “Bugs: A Stunning Pop-Up Look at Insects, Spiders, and Other Creepy Crawlies” by George McGavin

Best Books for Emerging Readers

  • “Gossie and Gertie” by Olivier Dunrea
  • “The Big Wet Balloon” by Ricardo Liniers
  • “Twinky the Dinky Dog” by Kate Klimo

Best Picture Books

  • “Friends” by Mies Van Hout
  • “The Silver Button” by Bob Graham
  • “Maria Had a Little Llama” by Angela Dominguez
  • “Once Upon a Memory” by Nina Laden

Von Drasek is the curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Read more from Von Drasek’s blog, “Early Word Kids.”