One of my Handouts from the North Carolina School Library Media Association's Annual Conference

I have 45 minutes to share my favorite books published in 2014. In this time frame, it is impossible to share every book published in 2014 that I think you should read and share with your students and colleagues. Therefore, this is not a comprehensive list. I hope you have fun exploring these books and resources.

Picture Books

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light | Book Trailer | Trifecta

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato | Book Trailer | Trifecta

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo | Interview

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle | Book Trailer | Interview

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat | Book Trailer

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd  | Book Trailer

Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli  | Book Trailer | Interview | Buttons

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly; illustrated by Lisa Brown | Trifecta

Quest by Aaron Becker  | Book Trailer

Maple and Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols  | Book Trailer | Interview

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen  | Book Trailer
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won  | Book Trailer | Interview

Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky  | Book Trailer  | PW story about Paul’s Circle, Square, Moose shirt.


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  | Author Video

Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Melissa Sweet


Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate; illustrated by G. Brian Karas  | Book Trailer | Author Video | Trifecta

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant; illustrated by Melissa Sweet  | Book Trailer | Trifecta

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy | Author Video |Trifecta

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell; illustrated by Christian Robinson | Book Trailer | Trifecta

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

Graphic Novels/Memoirs

El Deafo by Cece Bell | Author Video

Comics Squad. Edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka  | Book Trailer | Author Video | Trifecta

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier  | Book Trailer | Author Video

Amulet: Escape from Lucien (Book 6) by Kazu Kibuishi

Happy Birthday, Babymouse! by Jennifer L. Holm; illustrated by Matthew Holm |Book Trailer


The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm  | Book Trailer

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen |A Conversation with Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen

The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale; illustrated by LeUyen Pham | Author Interview

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd | Interview

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

West of the Moon by Margi Preus  | Book Trailer

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill


  1. This is an AMAZING list, John! Wow! I hope you're having a great time :)

  2. Thank you so much for sharing.


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