In anticipation of the Newbery Awards, being announced February 2nd, library staff compiled a list of our favorite chapter books published in 2014.
By far, the favorite book (and Newbery prediction) of many NPL children's staff, including Ms. Elaine, Ms. Tori, and Ms. Phyllis, is Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Brown Girl Dreaming is a memoir that chronicles the incidents and emotions Woodson experienced as an African-American girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.
Miss Shain's Picks
Miss Shain loved the Junction of Sunshine and Lucky. This inspirational story is about Auggie, who creates trash into artwork and overcomes the prejudices of people in her town.
Miss Lindsay's Picks
Miss Lindsay loved Rain Reign, and wholeheartedly recommends Revolution. Rain Reign is about Rose Howard. Rose is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a Homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Revolution is about a girl named Sunny, who is dealing with family life and people from the north who are coming to town to help people register to vote
Miss Jane's Picks
Miss Jane's favorites include My Brother's Shadow and The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea. And here we'd probably have a few lines about what these two books are about. But I'm lazy and won't look up a description. Not lazy enough to copy and paste the same sentence over and over, but too lazy to go to a new tab and type a search in the library catalog. Which, really, wouldn't have been very hard at all.
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What are your favorites?
Phew! There were a lot of great chapter books published in 2014. What did we miss? What did we get wrong? What did you love this year?