Bookpage Best Children's Books of 2013

We've been to faraway lands and traveled through time. Our hearts have been broken and mended in fewer than 300 pages. We laughed; we cried; we shared the magic of stories with young readers of all ages. And somehow, out of all the unforgettable children's books we loved this year, the editors of BookPage winnowed our favorites down to the list of the Best Children's Books of 2013:


Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Cece Bell
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
The Mighty Lalouche by Michael Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid
On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great
by Bob Shea
Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Matt Phelan


Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes


The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Winger by Andrew Smith