Top 10 Children’s Books for 2013

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Ahhh… one of my all time favorite annual traditions is compiling the best seller lists (The New York Times, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chronicle Books, Hatchette & Little Brown Books) combined with For Kids Entertainment’s opinion to narrow down the list of Top 10 Children’s Books! What will make the list for 2013 and who’s torch will be snuffed? Okay, maybe not that second part, but here are the best of the best in books for kids.

1. Steam Train, Dream Train
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!
To purchase from Amazon for $12.78 (vs.$16.99), click here!

2. Wonder
by R. J. Palacio
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.
To purchase from Amazon for $10.37 (vs.$15.99), click here!

3. Poems to Learn By Heart
by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth
Caroline Kennedy has chosen more than a hundred poems that speak to all of us: the young and young at heart, readers new to poetry and devoted fans. These poems explore deep emotions, as well as ordinary experiences. They cover the range of human experience and imagination.
To purchase from Amazon for $13.19 (vs.$19.99), click here!

51rRIvj8wrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_4. Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell
This classic children’s storybook about a youngster looking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!
To purchase from Amazon for $13.19 (vs.$19.99), click here!

5. Press Here
by Herve Tullet
Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next!
To purchase from Amazon for $10.17 (vs.$15.99), click here!

6. This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened.
To purchase from Amazon for $9.22 (vs.$15.99), click here!

51QIFxlQVcL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_7. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
by James Dean and Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as we steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are are, Pete keeps movin’ and groovin’ and singing his song…because it’s all good.
To purchase from Amazon for $10.26 (vs.$16.99), click here!

8. Emeraldalicious (Pinkalicious)
by Victoria Kann
When Pinkalicious and Peter decide to visit their favorite park, they find that it’s no longer their favorite place—the park is now filled with stinky trash! So, Pinkalicious decides to make an extra-special wand out of a stick and some flowers. Now whenever Pinkalicious makes a wish, adds a little love, and recites a pinkatastic rhyme, something amazing happens: It’s pinkerrific magic!
To purchase from Amazon for $10.71 (vs.$17.99), click here!

9. The Dark
by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klasse
Laszlo is afraid of the dark.The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn’t come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does. This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.
To purchase from Amazon for $10.98 (vs.$16.99), click here!

511QOo8RVXL._SY300_10. Let’s Go for a Drive
by Mo Willems
Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road! But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.
To purchase from Amazon for $5.61 (vs.$9.99), click here!

For Breezy Mama’s 2011 picks visit: Top 10 Children’s Books for 2011

Get Breezy Mama’s 2010 picks visit: Top 10 Children’s Books for 2010

Get Breezy Mama’s 2009 picks visit: Current Top 10 Children’s Books

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