Katrina’s top ten books for children for 2014


Last week we looked at the Babyology most popular books for 2014 – all terrific choices. This week, I’m counting down my personal favourites from 2014, selected for their beautiful illustrations, wonderful messages or because they are just plain funny.

10. I Am Cow Hear Me Moo! by Jill Esbaum and Gus Gordon – laugh-out-loud funny but a deeper message hides behind the high jinx.


9. The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen – this story is the good kind of scary.

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8. Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich by Lorraine Francis and Pieter Gaudesaboos – your kids may never ask for a Vegemite sandwich again!


7. The Lazy Friend by Ronan Badel – the best wordless book of the year and laugh-out-loud funny.


6. 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz – a simple, lovely and age-appropriate take on gratitude.


5. Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light – the perfect sibling story.


4. Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers – and it’s not because I have a thing for Oliver Jeffers…


3. Lucky by David Mackintosh – the wittiest ‘tall-story’ I’ve read in years.


2. Esther’s Rainbow by Kim Kane and Sara Acton – almost snatched the no.1 spot as my favourite book of the year. The perfect picture book in every way.


1. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen – my absolute favourite for 2014, it’s a book with everything – humour, a deeper message and sensational illustrations.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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