Best Children’s Books of 2014

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It's the most wonderful time of the year ... for reading, that is! Snuggle up and enjoy these top picks.

When we reached Nicole Greer, Brentwood parent of 6- and 8-year-old daughters and a son, 11, she was just minutes away from dashing out to read to her daughter’s third-grade classroom. She had a satchel of five picture books and was looking forward to sharing them with the students.

Like most, the Greers have a very busy household. Nevertheless, reading for pleasure remains a priority. “I read to my children every night or just about,” Greer says. Every Sunday, there’s a chunk of time designated as “reading time” for everyone in the household.

“I want my children to become lifelong readers,” says Greer, who herself was raised in a household where reading was strongly encouraged.
Sometimes she and the kids will download books on their iPads, sometimes they’ll cuddle together around a “real” book. Enjoying The Night Before Christmas together on Dec. 24 has special meaning for the family, because son Connor was born on Christmas.

If books have been taking a back seat lately, set a goal to find time over the holiday break. Head to your library branch, where kids can enjoy storytime on a regular basis. Find our “Middle Tennessee Library Storytimes” right here, then head to your local branch. Let your kids bring their very own tote, choose their own books and lug them home themselves.

For busy parents still on the prowl for gifts for their kids and others, we’ve combed through the bountiful crop of 2014 children’s books. Here are some sure bets, organized by age appropriateness:

 

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