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.
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.