Our 101 Favorite Children’s Books of the Year Part 1

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #206

Our 101 Favorite Children’s Books of the Year Part 1

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This Week’s Guests are

Matthew Winner
Cynthia Alaniz
Matthew Winner of The Busy Librarian and the Let’s Get Busy Podcast with Cynthia Alaniz of Librarian in Cute Shoes & Contributor at the Nerdy Book Club.

Matthew, Cynthia, and I talk about
  • Their favorite books of 2014.
  • 50 books this week and 51 books (including their #1 picks!) next week.
  • All books are in alphabetical order so we can spread the book love.
  • Getting a downloadable PDF of the books HERE for you to take to your local independent bookseller and get your favorites!

Like this video? Click here to find out how you can get a trailer made for your books OR go to VideosforWriters.com to find out more.
A Home for Mr. Emerson A Snicker of Magic A Splash of Red

Anna and Solomon 2014-12-07_14-05-38
Bad Bye Good Bye Beetle Busters Best Book in the World Bird and Squirrel on Ice
 Brother Hugo and the Bear Chasing Cheetahs Comics Squad Recess Coming HomeConstruction Creature Features Dory Fantasmagory DrawDruthers El Deafo Elizabeth Queen of the Seas Firefly July Flashlight Flora and the Penguin Fly Away Following Papas Song Frank Gaijin Gaston Ghosts of Tupelo Landing Gigantosaurus Grandfather Gandhi Green is a Chile Pepper Greenglass House Half a Chance Have You Heard The Nesting Bird Have You Seen My Dragon Henny Hidden Hooray for Hat Hug Machine Ivan Josephine Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads Leroy Ninker Saddles Up Little Elliot Big City Louise Loves Art Lowriders in Space Maddy Kettle
Download a PDF list of all these books here: Top 101 Children Books 2014 – The First 50

Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, “Hey! I could do that, but with children’s publishing as my focus!” That’s how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I’d learn some stuff myself, too. I’ve had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature, to librarians and New York Time’s bestselling authors. I’ve interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I’ve installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it’s worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that’s only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn’t include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My “Burpers!” This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it’s an incredible experience for me. But if you’ve you’ve been helped, or just love it too, and you’re able, here’s your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper!

Sometimes I use affiliate links. if you click on them and buy what I recommend, I earn a referral fee. You do not pay any more than if you found the same thing through a search engine. It’s akin to going to a restaurant and getting a recommendation from the waitress on what’s good. You don’t pay more for the food she suggests, but you might tip her for her service. In any case I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, recommend a product or person I don’t believe in or trust. Otherwise, how would you believe me next time?

Recent Comments

  • Salina Yoon
    December 6, 2014 - 3:00 am · Reply

    I love this list!!! GREAT list, and so many friends on it, too… like Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Deborah Underwood, Kelly J. Light, Steve Light, James Burks, Molly Schaar Idle, Brian Won, and so much more! <3

    • Katie
      December 7, 2014 - 2:14 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Salina! Your comment’s appreciated! I just put up a book trailer I made for Laurie Keller’s Arnie the Doughnut, which had the wrong cover (the one up had been for the picture book, not the illustrated novel mentioned in the podcast), so if you want to see the video, it’s up now. 😎

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