The Children’s Literature Assembly released its 2014 list of Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts! I’ve reprinted the list below, along with covers of my favorite books from the list.
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2014 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts
Ah Ha!, by Jeff Mack, published by Chronicle Books.
Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, published by Dial.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein, published by Random House.
Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet, by Andrea Cheng, published by Lee & Low Books.
Exclamation Mark, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, published by Scholastic Press.
Forest Has a Song, by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, illustrated by Robbin Gourley, published by Clarion Books.
Gaby, Lost and Found, by Angela Cervantes, published by Scholastic Press.
Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett, published by Scholastic Press.
Journey, by Aaron Becker, published by Candlewick Press.
Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, published by Little, Brown and Company.
Light in the Darkness: A Story About How Slaves Learned in Secret, by Lesa Cline-Ransom, illustrated by James E. Ransome, published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books.
Little Red Writing, by Joan Holub, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, published by Chronicle Books.
Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard, by Annette LeBlanc Cate, published by Candlewick Press.
Martin and Mahalia: His Words Her Song, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, published by Little, Brown and Company.
Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool, published by Delacorte Press.
Nelly May has Her Say, by Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Henry Cole, published by Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux.
Prisoner 88, by Leah Pileggi, published by Charlesbridge.
Sure Signs of Crazy, by Karen Harrington, published by Little, Brown and Company.
The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny), by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, illustrated by Stacy Innerst, published by Harcourt Children’s Books.
The Candy Smash, by Jacqueline Davies, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, published by Philomel Books.
The Language Inside, by Holly Thompson, published by Delacorte.
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, by Margarita Engle, published by Harcourt.
The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration, by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Mia Posada, published by Millbrook Press.
The Matchbox Diary, by Paul Fleischman, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, published by Candlewick Press.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, by Nancy J. Cavanaugh, published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders, by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra, and Meilo So, published by Chronicle Books.
Words with Wings, by Nikki Grimes, published by WordSong.
Zebra Forest, by Adina Rishe Gewirtz, published by Candlewick Press.
2014 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts Selection Committee Members:
Patricia Bandré, chair; Shanetia Clark, Christine Draper, Evie Freeman, Dick Koblitz, Jean Schroeder, and Barbara Ward