Our Favorites From 2014

christmas present‘Tis the season to be looking for gifts. I think we can all agree that books make wonderful gifts, but where to start? There are so very many worthy books to choose from. And what if it turns out that the book you’ve selected is already at home on their family bookshelf? Yes, while a book is always an excellent gift, the choosing can at times be overwhelming. So, with that in mind, we have put together a list of our five favorite picture books from 2014. Of course, we have many more suggestions, so stop on by blue manatee, and our booksellers will help you narrow down your search for the perfect book!

For now, take a look at our top 5 picks from 2014:

onceuponalphabet1. Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers. This beautifully illustrated book is a perfect addition to any book lover’s library. With witty short stories for every letter, accompanied by Jeffers’ signature simple and child-like illustrations, this book is sure to delight both children and children at heart. Not to mention that the book itself is striking, and truly has the look of a keepsake gift.

kidsheriff2. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith. In this send up of the classic western, Kid Sheriff rides into town (very slowly) on his trusty tortoise to save the town from the Terrible Toad brothers. Before long, Kid Sheriff is blaming every crime on dinosaurs (yes–dinosaurs), and the Terrible Toads won’t stand for that! Brimming with sly humor, Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads is wild west fun for the cowboy in all of us.

uni unicorn3. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager. This book is darling, and while it dances on the edge of a sugar rush, you can still walk away without a toothache. Uni the unicorn is a regular little unicorn except for one thing, Uni believes in little girls–to the constant amusement of Uni’s friends. Uni is okay with the doubt though, Uni knows deep down that there are little girls. An adorable story that reminds us all that it’s okay to believe in something magical every now and again.

I'm my own dog4. I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein. For that independent, stubborn streak in all of us, sometimes we just want to be our own dog. We can play fetch on our own, get our own slippers, and we won’t be leashed! However, as this clever story reminds us, independence is all well and good, but sometimes it’s nice to have a friend.

shh we have a plan5. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton. Bright and bold illustrations accompany this funny story about a stumbling, bumbling group of friends. Yes, they do indeed have a plan, but as we all know, the real fun begins when our plans go awry. If you haven’t yet come across Chris Haughton’s delightful work, this is a great place to start!

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