Must Read in 2014!

Books I have Read so far in 2014 (and think everyone else should add to their Must Read list)

2014 Picture BooksbluebirdBluebird by Lindsey Yankey: Beautiful. Amazing and Creative.

MapleMaple by Lori Nichols : The tree hugger in me…..loves this book.

Emily's Blue PeriodEmily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly and Illustrations by Lisa Brown: Wonderful illustrations and such an important topic-divorce.

dont-play-with-your-foodDon’t Play with Your Food by Bob Shea: This book is so fun and funny! You gotta love Bob Shea’s books!

What's your favorite animalWhat’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends: This book has kid appeal written all over it!

2014 Chapter Books

 A snicker of magic A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd: I just think this book is the sweetest kind of magic!

Seven Stories UpSeven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder: A magical story about friendship and family. It makes me wonder…..Who would I love to go back in time to see as a child?

Oldies but Goodies Read in 2014!

When You Reach MeWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: Brilliant Mystery! The first book I have ever wanted to reread the minute it ended! If you haven’t read it….you are missing out!

RulesRules by Cynthia Lord: I recommend the audio book! If for some reason you haven’t read this book (like me) then you need to read it! I loved Wonder and Out of My Mind so this book was right up my alley! I loved it!

14 more Books I am excited to read in 2014!

I am currently reading: five, six, seven, Nate

I loved Better Nate Than Ever! So I am thrilled to be reading the sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle.

I can’t wait to read!

BeekleCheck out the book trailer and you will want to read Beekle too!


I love books by Salina Yoon and this one looks so adorable!

Peanut Butter and JellyfishThe book trailer is so cute! Check it out!


Journey was hands down my favorite picture book in 2013. So I can’t wait for Quest on August 26th!

Happy Birthday Babymouse

My class and I will be celebrating the newest Babymouse book on April 22nd!

Comics Squad RecessWow! All these amazing artists in one book! July 8th is so far off but worth the wait!

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

This has instant hit written all over it! My students love Mercy Watson. Leroy will also be well loved on August 26.

Lulu's Mysterious Mission

Lulu is back! This series is hilarious!

FourteenthGoldfish_CoverThe Fourteenth Goldfish has already been chosen as a Global Read Aloud book for the fall. I can’t wait to read it on August 26th!


I had to buy this book because Donalyn Miller and Travis Jonker gave it five stars! It will be my next read after Five, Six, Seven, Nate.

Half a chance

I loved Rules. So this is also high on my list to read right away.


I’m thrilled that we will be chatting about Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes and The Night Gardner for Virtual Book Club in August. The Night Gardner is being released on May 20th.

boys of blur

The Boys of Blur has been getting a lot of buzz on Goodreads and Twitter! I am looking forward to reading it.

So what books have you loved so far in 2014? And what books are you looking forward to reading this year? I’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section.

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13 Responses to Must Read in 2014!

  1. Heard about Boys of Blur also… 🙂 What a fantastic list you’ve compiled, thanks…

  2. Leigh Anne says:

    Wow! What a great list. I loved Snicker and Seven Stories Up. Half a Chance was wonderful because it wasn’t what I expected – I love surprises. I have started The Riverman but time has not been on my side! I just ordered the Boys of Blur for the same reasons – lots of talk. Twitter is killing my bank account! 🙂 Happy reading!

    • Niki Barnes says:

      I know what you mean Leigh Anne! I just bought Beekle and The Riverman today! Sometimes I just have to be patient and wait for them at the library. But it is tough waiting!

  3. Allison Jackson says:

    Fun reading your posts again!
    Some I’ve read, some are on my TBR, but many are new titles for me. If you’re recommending them, I want to read them.
    Let me know what you think about Half a Chance!

    • Niki Barnes says:

      I know. This school year has not been crazy! March was so busy! But now I’m on Spring Break! I loved Rules so I am very excited to read Half a Chance!!

  4. carriegelson says:

    Such a fun post – I see some books that I can’t wait to get for my classroom like the new Lulu! And of course this new Mercy Watson spinoff! I can’t wait to read The Riverman and The Fourteenth Goldfish. I really liked Half a Chance and loved When you Reach me! I just read and adored both Nate books! Lots of reading fun ahead!

  5. I think I have all of those books on my list too! I just read Found by Salina Yoon last night. Loved it – immediately read it again! Thanks for sharing, it’s always fun to read these posts 🙂

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