Each year, children’s literature experts from the Pennsylvania Center for the Book assess hundreds of books to find the best of the best and curate the “Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy”.
Because children’s books are enjoyable for anyone who is young at heart, Juniper Village at Brookline was excited to partner with the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to celebrate the top 13 children’s books of 2018 with a live book reading!
Guests of all ages were greeted at the Juniper Village at Brookline campus with freshly baked cookies and a steaming cup of hot chocolate before transitioning to the cozy Pines Piano Lounge, where three of the books were read aloud by special guests. Juniper’s own June Brown treated the audience to a lively reading of “Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game”. The crowd also enjoyed readings by friends from the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, including “Bulldozer Helps Out” read by Steven and Sara Herb and “I Want That Nut” read by Karla Schmit and Ellysa Cahoy.
Copies of each book in the 2018 Baker’s Dozen collection were available for perusal and one lucky guest won her very own complete set!
The complete “Baker’s Dozen” list, celebrating its 15th edition this year, includes:
“Bulldozer Helps Out,” by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann (Atheneum/Simon)
“The Carpenter,” by Bruna Barros (Gibbs Smith)
“Charlotte and the Rock,” by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill (Dial/Penguin Random)
“Different? Same!” by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Pippa Curnick (Kids Can)
“I Want That Nut!” by Madeline Valentine (Knopf/Random)
“Jabari Jumps,” by Gaia Cornwall (Candlewick)
“No Kimchi for Me!” by Aram Kim (Holiday)
“A Perfect Day,” by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook)
“Plankton is Pushy,” by Jonathan Fenske (Scholastic)
“Still Stuck,” by Shinsuke Yoshitake (Abrams)
“Trio: The Tale of a Three-legged Cat,” by Andrea Wisnewski (Godine)
“Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game,” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page (Houghton)
“Whose Poop is That?” by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Kelsey Oseid (Charlesbridge)
Tips for using the books with children and families, previous years’ selections, and more are available at A Baker’s Dozen website: https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/bakers-dozen.
As we enter a new year, we are excited to see the books it will bring! Check back next year this time for the 2019 Baker’s Dozen!