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KidSpace Best Books of 2013


2013 was a year of brilliant books for kids.

From picture books to novels, KidSpace librarians read all year long.

Along the way, we noted our favorites in five categories: Picture Books and Readers; Chapter Books for 3rd and 4th Graders, Chapter Books for 5th Grade and Up; Illustrated Fiction (picture books for older kids), Graphic Novels, Poetry and Folklore; and Non-Fiction. To create a list of 100 or so books, we combined our favorites with the top picks of the children’s literature journals we follow.

Below are links to the Niles Public Library KidSpace Best of 2013 choices.

Click on a category to connect to our catalog to see the list and to find out if a book is available. If it’s out, log in or talk to a KidSpace librarian to put it on hold for you. You can also pick up the list and browse many of the choices in person at the Library.

Picture Books and Readers, Part 1

Picture Books and Readers, Part 2

Chapter Books for 3rd and 4th Graders

Chapter Books for 5th Grade and Up

Illustrated Fiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry and Folklore

Non-Fiction for Kids

My favorite chapter book of 2013 is The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. A sweet, low-key story about the struggles and joys of life as a second grader, the book is appealing to a wide variety of ages. Its length of 240 pages combined with its family-oriented content makes it a great read for advanced second and third graders looking for a fat chapter book, but it is also a story to share as a family read-aloud for kids in Kindergarten through fourth grade.

My favorite picture book of 2013 is Moo! by David LaRochelle. Employing only one word repeated throughout, it is a great choice for emerging readers and for sharing with early learners to practice inference skills. The illustrations are humorous and dynamic and the story is sure to please a range of readers and listeners.

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