Top 10 Childrens’ Books of 2015

Magan Stuhr

Hello! My name is Magan Stuhr and I am in 7th grade. I have been the childrens’ book reviewer here at APL since last summer. Some of my hobbies include reading, drawing, and playing volleyball.  After a lot of reading, here is my list of top 10 childrens’ books of 2015.

#10: Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant; Illus. by Arthur Howard

Mr. Putter likes to read books with Tabby. When he sees a poster for story time with your pet, he immediately signs up, so he and Tabby prepare the book they are to read to the children. I have loved Cynthia Rylant’s books for a long time, and am excited to see another new book by her!

#9: McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger; Illus. by John Hendrix

McToad’s favorite day of the week is Thursday. Why? Because he mows Tiny Island! There’s only one problem: It will take every single type of transportation to get him there. I enjoyed this book because McToad shows persistence, which I think is a key character trait. It is also interesting to see a simple task involving a complicated background.

#8: The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

Step right up to the nonsense show! With funny characters and silly rhymes, this book is sure to make you scratch your head in confusion. Here is another Eric Carl book which, as usual, is truly magnificent with his collage-style illustrations.

#7: Waiting by Kevin Henkes

The five patient toys were always there, waiting. There was the owl with spots, the pig with the umbrella, the bear with the kite, the dog with the sled, and the rabbit. Then a mysterious cat comes. What is the cat’s secret? I enjoyed reading Waiting because I loved the soft illustrations. I am attracted to this book because the stuffed animals again show a key character trait- patience.

#6: Sharing the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller; Illus. by Jill McElmurry

The family’s getting ready for Thanksgiving! There’s so much to be done! Baste the turkey, bake the pie, make the placemats, and so much more! This book has cute illustrations, which I will always cherish, and also rhymes! I have always loved simple poetry.

#5: Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy

Do you know how to be a farm dog? If not, then do not worry, as Ragweed the farm dog will show you the dos and don’ts of being a farm dog. If you’re going to learn you might as well learn from the best. Ragweed as a character is very adorable; his excited personality is quirky and fun. It is funny and cute the way Ragweed describes the life of a farm dog.

#4: The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt; Illus. by Oliver Jeffers

One day, Duncan receives a bunch of postcards. As he reads over them, he sees that they are from his lost and forgotten crayons. He goes and picks them all up, but they’ve changed so much they don’t fit in his crayon box anymore. I love how the illustrations in this book showed the crayons all performing different activities, all while waiting for Duncan to come pick them up. The story plot is also very unique, partly from the view of a crayon. Drew Daywalt draws such a colorful story full of liveliness for young readers to enjoy.

#3: We Forgot Brock! By Carter Goodrich

Phillip has an imaginary friend named Brock. They go everywhere together. But when they go to the Big Fair, they get separated. Phillip looks everywhere for Brock, but has no luck. Where could he be? The illustrations in this book are quite unique as the imaginary friends and the real people are all drawn in different styles. It is heartwarming how much they care for each other as friends; as they look for each other for hours no matter what the circumstances.

#2: Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Max is a very, very brave kitten. He would chase a mouse ay day. So, he sets off on his quest to chase a mouse. There’s just one little problem. He doesn’t know what a mouse looks like. In this book, the illustrations may be simple, but they are also adorable. Here, Max shows a key character trait- bravery.

#1: Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger

Max and Marla are true Olympians. They never give up and are very persistent. They will overcome any problem they face. No matter how long it takes… Max and Marla are very dedicated to riding their sled, and show another trait- persistence.

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