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Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Books of 2014

Days are shorter, kids are squirrely, and the end of the year is upon us. That means "best of the year" time for everything from fashion to sports. But this is Library Land, so we talk books and media. I could go an and on about my favorites, but I figure you might want to hear from broader group of experts. So instead I'd like to point out some great best of the year lists from some reputable sources (not just Amazon who perhaps push what they sell a lot of or have in over-stock).

School Library Journal's Best Books 2014 - LINK

The School Library Journal provides reviews of books written throughout the year to help school library media specialists make purchases for their libraries. Reviews come from outstanding library media specialists from around the nation and are published in their monthly magazine and online.

Booklist

Each month Booklist editors highlight a topic and provide a listing of the best books about that topic that have come out within the last year. Here were their topics for 2014:


Kirkus' Best Books of 2014

Another book review magazine, but those really do have the best picks, Kirkus reviews books for public libraries. Here are their lists for the year:
  • Children
  • Teen
  • They also have lists for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Indie, and Book Apps.

My Picks

And if those aren't good enough for you, here are my picks, one for each building.
  • Elementary -- Little green peas : a big book of colors by Keith Baker
  • Middle School -- 100 things to do before you grow up by Lisa Gerry
  • High School -- Molecules : the elements and the architecture of everything by Theodore Gray 
So as you are finishing your holiday shopping or need something to keep in your emergency gift tote, think about picking up a "best of the year" book.

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