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PA Center for the Book selects baker's dozen

Organization chooses top 13 books for children

Among the many children’s books published last year, 13 were chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to form A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy for 2014.

Winners include: "Alphabet Trucks" by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke (Charlesbridge); "Bear and Bee" by Sergio Ruzzier (Disney/Hyperion); "Come Back, Moon" by David Kherdian, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian (Beach Lane); "Daisy Gets Lost" by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade); "Flight 1-2-3" by Maria van Lieshout  (Chronicle); "Hank Finds an Egg" by Rebecca Dudley (Peter Pauper Press); "Hero Mom" by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo (Amazon Children’s Publishing); "Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives" by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal (Chronicle); "The Long, Long Line" by Tomoko Ohmura (Owlkids); "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" by Peter Brown (Little, Brown); "Take Me Out to the Yakyu" by Aaron Meshon (Atheneum); "That is Not a Good Idea!" by Mo Willems (Balzer + Bray); and "This Is Our House" by Hyewon Yum (Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus, Giroux).

Selection criteria, annotations, tips for using the books, and more are available at A Baker’s Dozen website.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by Penn State’s University Libraries, is one of 51 similar organizations nationwide established by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Its mission is to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy to the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

See the Pennsylvania Center for the Book for more information or contact Caroline Wermuth, outreach coordinator, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, at 814-863-5472.

Last Updated April 21, 2014