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Favorite Books of 2015 – Children’s Edition

January 2, 2016

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At the end of the year, it’s always fun to reflect on your reading.  I read less books last year and didn’t love quite as many of them.  I’m not sure if that means I’m not choosing my books as well or if it’s a reflection of how busy I was.  Either way, of the books I read this year, there are quite a few that stand out to me.  (Please note, these books weren’t necessarily published in 2015.)  I featured the adult books yesterday and am featuring the children’s books today.

2015 favorites 3

  • I DON’T LIKE SNAKES by Nicola Davies didn’t make me have a sudden love of snakes but it did help me understand and appreciate them more.  It presented lots of interesting facts in a fun way.
  • MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff is a beautiful book that tells the story of Benjamin Franklin using the scientific method to prove Dr. Mesmer was a fraud.
  • SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer Holm is a great graphic novel about family and friendship.  It’s fun and funny but has a serious message.

2015 favorites 4

  • BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson is an incredibly moving memoir written in verse.  This book deserves every award it’s won.
  • COUNTING LIONS by Katie Cotton is a gorgeous picture book that combines numbers with endangered animals.
  • EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon is the story of a girl in a bubble who is happy with her life until a certain boy comes into it.  I fell in love with the story and the characters.


26 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    January 2, 2016 6:12 am

    I still need to read Everything Everything — it’s on so many people’s list of favorites. Maybe I’ll get to it this month. 🙂

  2. January 2, 2016 7:21 am

    Can’t believe I haven’t read the Woodson yet!

  3. January 2, 2016 7:30 am

    I’ve seen Everything Everything around but didn’t know much about it. I’ll look for it.

  4. January 2, 2016 7:52 am

    I really want to read Brown Girl Dreaming.

  5. January 2, 2016 8:01 am

    Sounds such a fun list.

  6. January 2, 2016 8:05 am

    I loved BGD too. If only I had time to read Everything Everything, I have a feeling I’d love it too.

  7. January 2, 2016 8:31 am

    I’m looking forward to reading EVERYTHING EVERYTHING this year. Have heard such good things about it.

  8. January 2, 2016 10:05 am

    I feel so out of the book loop. I don’t even know what the great titles of 2015 were so it is nice to see posts like this where I can see what I missed.

  9. January 2, 2016 10:27 am

    On occasion I will read a middle-grade or YA, but don’t have much motivation or cause to read children’s books (at least until my son’s picture book comes out in June!). But I think it’s very cool that you read these as well as well as the usual stuff.

  10. January 2, 2016 10:27 am

    I want to get two books on this list to read with my son: Brown Girl Dreaming and Everything Everything. Thanks for reminding me of the great kids’ books out there!

  11. January 2, 2016 11:16 am

    I really want to read Brown Girl Dreaming and Everything Everything. So many people’s best of 2015 lists have included Everything Everything!

  12. January 2, 2016 12:40 pm

    Happy to see Everything Everything made the cut. Brown Girl Dreaming is a fave of mine too. Must investigate the other titles on your list!

  13. Patty permalink
    January 2, 2016 1:10 pm

    I always love your children’s choices!

  14. January 2, 2016 1:29 pm

    I did love many, but sadly not as many as before for me either

  15. January 2, 2016 1:34 pm

    Brown Girl Dreaming sounds good, I will have to look at the age, starting to think what I can read with my daughter for both of us. I am going to start with Secret Garden. I think I am going to read Everything Everything this year also.

  16. January 2, 2016 4:34 pm

    I am curious about Everything Everything. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your New Year books.

  17. January 2, 2016 9:17 pm

    I have Brown Girl Dreaming and Everything Everything on my list.

  18. January 3, 2016 3:08 pm

    I want to check out Mesmerized and Sunny Side Up. I love posts that recommend titles. I have one coming up myself that will be devoted to YA books. Keep a look out!

  19. Literary Feline permalink
    January 3, 2016 5:07 pm

    I am really interested in reading BROWN GIRL DREAMING and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. Both sound so good!

  20. January 3, 2016 9:16 pm

    A great list Kathy. I’m sorry I’ve only read one of these books. I going to take your list to the library. I did thoroughly enjoy Brown Girl Dreaming. It was one of my top ten books of 2015 too.

  21. January 4, 2016 12:15 pm

    I’m using this list to get books for KitKat from the library! See that more grown-up nickname…she’s nearly 5 now. I cannot be calling her wiggles.

  22. January 4, 2016 2:30 pm

    Everything, Everything looks great!

  23. The Cue Card permalink
    January 4, 2016 8:17 pm

    Oh I want to read Everything Everything. Sounds terrific. Ive been on the hold list at the library for quite a long while now!

  24. January 4, 2016 10:33 pm

    Oh I’ve been wanting to read Brown Girl Dreaming and Everything Everything. I’m adding Counting Lions though – looks like just the kind of picture book to have on hand for little ones!

  25. January 7, 2016 5:50 pm

    Gage and I both loved I Don’t Like Snakes! He went through a short snakes phase, but they always end when he realize he loves trains more 🙂

  26. bookingmama permalink
    January 11, 2016 9:49 am

    Thanks for sharing on Kid Konnection!

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