As 2013 winds down, all sorts of "best" lists appear in the news; the best movies of the year, the best television moments of the year and, of course, the best books of the year. Amazon recently named the 100 Best Books of 2013 in several categories. Here are the top ten picks for children ages 3-5.
"The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (Philomel) The crayons have had enough! Each color has complaints about how they have been used to color pictures and they refuse to take part in one more coloring activity unless Duncan find a solution.
"Steam Train, Dream Train" by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld (Chronicle Books) Circus animals fill the train cars with all sorts of delights; ice cream, toys and other surprises await for those who ride aboard the Dream Train.
"Llama Llama and the Bully Goat" by Anna Dewdney (Viking Juvenile) The beloved llama is back in this story about dealing with those in school who are not so nice.
"I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love" by Nancy Tillman (Feiwel & Friends) Although every child dreams of being their own person, there are some characteristics that every parent would recognize no matter where one's imagination takes them.
"Journey" by Aaron Becker (Candlewick) In this picture book without any words, readers will travel through a magic door along with a girl to all sorts of foreign lands and into incredible adventures.
"Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Sometimes it's difficult to behave and act properly. There are times Mr. Tiger just wants to... well, go wild!
"Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner (Clarion Books) Mr. Wuffles is not your average, ordinary cat. He is not interested in toy mice or the usual cat treats. He would rather play with the tiny spaceship he has discovered full of real aliens.
"Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey" by Emily Winfield Martin (Random House Books for Young Readers) As children head off to slumber land, they are encouraged to think of their favorite animal. What sorts of adventures will they experience while they are dreaming?
"Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great" by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion) Since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat seems down right ordinary. Appearances aren't always what they seem.
"Tap the Magic Tree" by Christie Matheson (Greenwillow Books) Children are encouraged to tap, clap and wiggle to help a tree sprout leaves, grow fruit and change throughout the seasons.