Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and life is treating you well. We’ve been enduring some horrific weather here in Illinois. Today the high temperature has come and gone: -8 degrees F! It snowed all day yesterday and the temps dropped last night. Everything is blowing and freezing. If you’re affected by these conditions please stay safe and warm.
Now onto my post; my 2013 favorite children’s books. I have four books on my list, but I am holding Dragon Defender by J.A. Blackburn back due to the fact that I am participating in the blog tour on January 20th hosted by MotherDaughter Book Reviews. I don’t want to spoil my review so I’ll focus on the other three.
First on my list is The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove. I love baseball and I loved this book. If you missed it you can take a look at my review here.
Next is a real gem I came across called And Don’t Bring Jeremy by Marilyn Levinson. This is a timeless classic in my opinion, and guess what? Baseball is a theme in the book. Guess I’m kind of predictable. You can read my review here.
And Don’t Bring Jeremy
Sixth-grader Adam Krasner wishes every family decision wasn’t based on his brother Jeremy and Jeremy’s problems. The Krasners have even moved to a new town because it has a great school system for kids with disabilities. If only Jeremy didn’t always act so goofy. And if only their mother didn’t insist that both brothers be placed on the same Little League team, especially since Jeremy couldn’t catch a fly ball if his life depended on it.
Making friends in a new school isn’t easy, which is why Adam’s excited when Eddie, his coach’s son, starts spending time with him. Eddie’s the best player on their team and in seventh grade, like Jeremy. Eddie invites Adam to join some of the team for pizza before Saturday’s game. Adam’s about to ask if Jeremy can come, too,, when Eddie tells him, “And don’t bring Jeremy.”
Adam becomes friendly with some of the members of the team. Eddie, he soon learns, often lies and makes fun of Jeremy every chance he can. Still, when Eddie comes to apologize, Adam agrees to be friends again. Issues continue to escalate between Jeremy and Eddie. And then Jeremy’s accused of doing something truly awful, forcing Adam to take a stand and support his brother.
And finally we have The Newstead Project by Melanie Schultz. I couldn’t put this book down. I highly recommend it, and guess what? No baseball. You can read my review here.
Well that’s it folks; my 2013 favorite children’s books. I hope you had a chance to read them and, if not, get the chance this year. You won’t be disappointed. What were your favorite children’s books (through YA) of 2013? Leave us a comment; we’d love to hear from you.