Judy Freeman and I Agree – 10 of the Best Books Published in 2015

Recently I attended an excellent workshop by Judy Freeman called What’s New In Children’s Literature and Strategies for Using It in Your Program.  It includes a workbook with an list of the 150 Best Children’s Books published in 2015.  I was excited to see some of the books I featured on the blog on the list.  There were several that I started entries about last year; but wasn’t able to polish and publish the posts.  Truthfully, some of the posts just have a title and author.  Here are 10 books that Judy Freeman loved which I meant to share with you in 2015.

I love what Judy said on how to determine if a book is great.  “Did the book leave you Surprised? Startled? Satisfied?  Each of these books left me that way.

Mesmerized

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Ketzel

Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Leslea Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates

lillians

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Mama Seeton

Mama Seeton’s Whistle by Jerry Spinelli and illustrated LeUyen Pham

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Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina and illustrated by Angela Dominguez

three best friends

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Billys Boogers

Billy’s Booger: A Memoir by William Joyce

Stick and Stone

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and illustrated Tom Lichtenheld

Imagiinary Fred

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Nest

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Underwear Books

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ML is not alone. Most kids love books featuring underwear.  When One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld arrived at the library, I remembered my”Underwear Books” post in draft form.  After a post about poop a few weeks ago and Captain Underpants on Monday, it’s only fitting I share the underwear post.  I’m not giving summaries of the books, just a quick reason we love each book.

One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Tom Lichentheld – A book about sharing and underwear.  I know.  Sounds gross; but it’s a funny way to talk about sharing with children.  A clever, delightful story which might result in a piggyback ride.  I know what your thinking.  “What does underwear have to do with piggyback rides?” Read the book, it will make perfect sense.

Underpants Dance by Marlena Zapf and illustrated by Lynne Avril – I cannot tell you our favorite part of this book.  It would spoil the ending.  Get it? ENDing?

Lazy Daisy, Cranky Frankie by Mary Ellen Jordan & Andrew Weldon – A chicken dancing in purple underwear.  Need I say more?

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London and illustrated Frank Remkiewicz –  I consider this the classic underwear book.  ML loved it even before she wore underwear.