1. A Curry For Murray by Kate Hunter and Lucia Masciullo
There’s a reason Kate Hunter’s picture book became a mega hit this year – it bewitches adults and children alike. A Curry For Murray is the story of a little girl who becomes a cooking sensation in her community. Kids adore the dishes, which rhyme with the names of Molly’s friends. And the illustrations of each dish that Molly whips up are better than anything Nigella serves. Readers 2-8.
2. The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
Oh I love this book. It’s the hilarious story of the crayons in Duncan’s pencil case that are bored and want to quit. (Red Crayon feels he’s being over-used since Duncan makes him draw fire engines, apples and strawberries all day long). This is a must buy. And take note, the seque, The Day The Crayons Came Back, was released this year! Readers 3-10.
3. Pig The Fibber by Aaron Blabey
That sneaky, smug pug is back in a sequel to the best-selling children’s book Pig The Pug. Blabey’s story is once again laugh-out-loud funny as the selfish pug continues to torment Trevor the Daschund just to get his desserts at the end! Readers 3-10.
4. Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos
This is a beautiful book that tells the life story of the extraordinary Audrey Hepburn. While the illustrations are gorgeous, it’s a wonderful take of Audrey’s community service that is inspiring for young souls. Readers 10+
5. UGLY by Robert Hoge
It was the memoir that grabbed people’s hearts when it was released in 2013. And this year, journalist and former speechwriter Robert Hoge released the “kid’s version” of his best-selling memoir. Ugly tells the story of what it’s like to grow up “ugly and disabled” in Australia. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, sad, inspiring and powerful. Readers 10+.