Our library staff love, love, love to read!! We have pulled together a list of some of the children's titles they were reading and loving in 2015. The first four titles were on more than one staff members top reads of the year!


Title: Night Animals
Author: Gianna Marino
Find this book at your library

"Hilarious possum. His expressions are priceless." - Melinda G., Glen Allen Branch Library



Title: Orion and the Dark
Author: Emma Yartlett
Find this book at your library

"Wonderfully and whimsically illustrated. I love the pages that are cut into the shape of the Dark's hand, so when you open the page it actually reaches out and touches the little boy's hand, Orion, who is afraid of the dark." - Melinda G., Glen Allen Branch Library



Title: Echo
Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Find this book at your library

"The characters were so accessible and I was cheering for them throughout the story, but sad to leave them at the end. Although lengthy, the book is more like a collection of short stories woven together with the harmonica they all share. Historical Fiction with a sprinkle of magic. A great read!" - Aimee H., Tuckahoe Area Library



Title: The Marvels
Author: Brian Selznick
Find this book at your library

"Although I didn’t like this as much as his first two, I still found it compelling and memorable. I loved the backstory about the Dennis Severs house in London." - Aimee H., Tuckahoe Area Library

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett - "How a birthday book should be written!" - Steve C., Tuckahoe Area Library
The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting - "A beautiful children’s book about the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Though a funeral seems a strange topic for a children’s book, we learn much about Dr. King’s character from the way the funeral is conducted, how the mourners react, the respect given to something as simple as the cart that carried his casket." - Tracey B., Libbie Mill Library
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon - "There’s lots of lovely sarcastic humor to keep you laughing in this retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story. Our plucky heroine realizes that the curse placed on her means that she’s invincible until she turns 12. So, she sets out to do all the things princesses aren’t allowed to do, like fighting monsters." - Awnali M., Libbie Mill Library
I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dav Pilkey
I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems - "Another Elephant & Piggie hit! Guaranteed to gross you out and make you giggle." - Erin R., Gayton Branch Library
I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis - "I read this during the summer of the shark attacks of 2015. Growing up on the Delaware Shore and visiting the Jersey Shore, I was familiar with the event the book is based on, and thought of it often - right before water skiing. This book had nice elements of character building interspersed with excitement and light gore." - Melinda G., Glen Allen Branch Library
It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee - "It was fun to read about Stanley’s mysterious antics late one night. My son’s first grade class thought it was a hilarious read-aloud!" - Aimee H., Tuckahoe Area Library
Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts - An African-American girl faces the first year of integration in Campbell County, VA
Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai - "Balances humor and pathos as a young girl accompanies her grandmother back to Vietnam to search for her husband's place of death during the war." - Gay Lynn V., Twin Hickory Area Library
Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo - "Set during WWI, a mute, amnesiac girl gradually regains her identity with help from the family who discovered her alone on an island after a famous shipwreck." - Gay Lynn V., Twin Hickory Area Library
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper - "Awesome graphic novel about a group of animals who build an interstellar lowrider from parts they find in an old airplane factory. The bilingual approach and ballpoint pen art make this book ¡muy estelar!" - Rick S., Library Admin Offices
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter - Miss Hazeltine opens her home to cats who just don't fit in anywhere else and teaches them to be brave. They have to prove their bravery when Miss Hazeltine needs saving.
No, No Kitten by Shelley Thomas - "Kitten wants some unusual things in this adorable picture book. Blasting into space is possible, even if you are a kitten." - Erin R., Gayton Branch Library
The Nuts: Sing and Dance in your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin - "New interactive picture book from the author of the (in my opinion) best Pete the Cat books. Hazel Nut wants to sing and dance, but her family is too busy. Won't someone dance with her?!" - Rick S., Library Admin Offices
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage - "Another satisfying mystery in the Mo & Dale series, set in rural North Carolina. Dale is all set to testify against his ne'er-do-well daddy when a jailbreak throws the town into a muddle and leads Mo & Dale to explore the real meaning of family." - Rick S., Library Admin Offices
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - "This book, about a gorilla in a depressing state of captivity, encourages compassion between species and inspires it within our own.  And now there is a recently published companion book "IVAN: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla" by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Brian Karas, so readers can dig deeper into the true story of Ivan’s amazing life." - Tracey B., Libbie Mill Library
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale by Duncan Tonatium - "Tackles the sensitive topic of immigration to the United States.  In the story, Pancho is desperate to find his father who has gone to work in the fields of el norte.  This tale shares the hardship, sacrifice, danger, and determination of people trying to provide the best life for their family under difficult and exploitative circumstances." - Tracey B., Libbie Mill Library
Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook  by Anne Kennedy - Learn from Ragweed how to be the best farm dog ever! It involves eating biscuits, lots and lots of biscuits.
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson - "It sweetly illustrates all four seasons by sharing a tree’s behavior during a full year.  The book is interactive and the reader must shake, tap and rub the tree on the pages to initiate the process and keep it going." - Barbara J., Libbie Mill Library
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Waiting by Kevin Henkes
We Are In a Book by Mo Willems
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead