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Best new children's books 2014

Walk into any library or book store and you'll see a large selection of children's books. How do you know which ones are the best, which ones your kids will want to hear over and over again...and which ones won't drive you insane when you're reading them over and over again?
The following list contains a few of my favorite children's books for 2014. Add these to your back to school list or Christmas shopping list and know that they'll be enjoyed by your kids!

  • The Dog, the Cat, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma by Diane Fox This funny twist on Little Red Riding Hood will have your children, and you, laughing. The style is somewhat in the style of Mo Williems Elephant and Piggie books, where there is a conversation going on between two characters. In this case, it is between a cat, that is trying to read Little Red Riding Hood, and a dog, that keeps interrupting and interpreting the book in hilarious ways.
  • Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to be the Best Boy Ever by Judith Viorst Everyone remembers Alexander from his first debut in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day in the '80s. There have been other books since then, but this new one was just released in August 2014. The book tells another story of Alexander, this time he had eaten an entire box of donuts and has a bellyache and has to stay in bed all day...on a Saturday!
  • The Story Starts Here! by Caroline Merola Just like many kids, Little Wolf likes things done his way, and he's determined to do them his way. Even the book is done his way -- you start reading from the back and read to the front! This quirky book shows kids that there is more than one way to see the world.
  • I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein This role reversal book is the story of a dog that has no human, so he fetches his own slippers and scratches himself instead. One day a human scratches his back for him, and then follows the dog home. Now the dog must teach the human tricks!
  • Indestructibles: Baby Night Night by Amy Pixton Really, all the Indestructibles books are great if you have a baby or toddler that really likes to sink their teeth (or gums!) into a good book...literally. These books are meant to be chewed on, played with, and drooled over by little ones. The colorful pages are eye catching, and allow baby to "read" a book without ruining a book.
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