Best Children's Books of 2013


A SPLASH OF RED by Jen Bryant
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A splash of vibrancy about a self-taught master. (historical note, author's note, illustrator's note, references) (Picture book/biography. 5-11)"
This outstanding portrait of African-American artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946) allows Pippin's work to shine—and his heart too. Read full book review >
HAVE YOU SEEN MY NEW BLUE SOCKS? by Eve Bunting
Released: March 5, 2013

"A great addition to the literature on ducks…or socks! (Picture book. 2-6)"
Where, oh where are Duck's new blue socks? Read full book review >

SERAFINA'S PROMISE by Ann E.  Burg
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Lilting, lyrical and full of hope. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Eleven-year-old Serafina has a dream: to go to school and become a doctor. Yet her life outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is filled with urgent chores and responsibilities. Read full book review >
ODD DUCK by Cecil Castellucci
Released: May 14, 2013

"This clever celebration of individuality delights. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)"
A sublime tale of two strange ducks who overcome the odds—pun completely intended—and become friends. Read full book review >
LOOK UP! by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Released: March 12, 2013

"Small and accessible, this is jam-packed with accurate information likely to increase any potential birder's enthusiasm and knowledge. (index, drawing, tips) (Nonfiction. 8-15)"
A chatty, appealing introduction to observing these easiest-to-see of all wild creatures. Read full book review >

THE BEAR'S SONG by Benjamin Chaud
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"This extraordinary picture book, first published in France as Une chanson d'ours (2011), is as happy a surprise as finding a honey-filled hive at the end of a fur-raising journey. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Hibernation is for grown-ups—Little Bear has adventure on his mind. Read full book review >
DEEP IN THE SAHARA by Kelly Cunnane
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism: a wonderful combination. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lalla, a little Mauritanian girl, gets her heart's desire when she shows her mother that her faith is important to her. Read full book review >
BEN RIDES ON  by Matt Davies
Released: May 28, 2013

"Great amusement for the bold and timid alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young readers and listeners will feel like cheering when this unprepossessing hero gets his due. Read full book review >