Top Kids Books in 2013

This is a list of popular books for children for 2013. We have broken the list up by age group.

Best books for 3-5 Year Olds in 2013


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Peter Brown
Against a backdrop of drab, buttoned-up Victoriana, Brown celebrates a tiger who rediscovers his wild self (and the joys of walking on all fours), shedding his inhibitions along with his clothes. Books that encourage children to embrace their true, unique selves are many, but few do so with such a big sense of fun and as little preachiness as Brown does here.

The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers
Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

If You Want to See A Whale

If You Want to See a Whale
Julie Fogliano
n this quiet and beautiful picture book by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead, the team that created the Boston Globe-Horn BookHonor book And Then It’s Spring, a boy learns exactly what it takes to catch a glimpse of an elusive whale.

Best books for 6-8 Year Olds in 2013

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
Mo O’Hara
When Tom saved Frankie the goldfish from near death (by zapping him with a battery), Frankie somehow became a big fat zombie goldfish with hypnotic powers. Now Frankie is one lethal fish with a mind of his own (good job Frankie has appointed himself as Tom’s bodyguard).

The Sasquatch Escape

The Sasquatch Escape
Suzanne Selfors
When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he’s certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather’s cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon?

Fancy Nancy Nancy Clancy Secret Admirer

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer
Jane O’Connor
Nancy Clancy returns in New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s second Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy chapter book all about love! In the sequel to Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, Nancy and Bree decide to play matchmaker, but nothing works out as planned. Will love conquer all in the end?

Best books for 9-12 Year Olds in 2013

unhooking the moon

Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father’s death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York.Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both.

Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
In the tradition of Out of My MindWonder, and Mockingbird,this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Kathi Appelt
Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this National Book Award finalist from Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt.

Other Books to Explore

The CBCA Short List for 2013
Publisher Weekly’s Best Children’s Books for 2013
Good Reads Popular Children’s Books in 2013
Book Trust 100 Best Books for Children

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