Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Us Authors We Read In 2014


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten New-To-Us Authors We Read In 2014

These are the authors we read and loved this year that were new to us.


I knew about several of these authors, but I finally dove into their books this year!

1. Marcus Sedgwick

I enjoyed both Revolver and Midwinterblood this year. Sedgwick is an incredibly clever, unique author, and I am glad I discovered how great his writing is. It is a shame I didn’t get started on his books sooner! I plan to read many of his other books this year.

2. Deborah Wiles

I just discovered Freedom Summer, and I can’t wait to dive into her YA books this year. I’ve heard wonderful things about Revolution.

3. Oliver Jeffers

I read and enjoyed three books by Oliver Jeffers this year. This picture book author/illustrator is a genius. By the time Henry is five, I suspect I will have read every book he has written.

4. Bob Shea

Speaking of great picture book authors/illustrators, I was blown away by the fun that exists between the pages of Bob Shea’s works. After reading two of his stories, I can’t wait to read more by him.

5. Deborah Appleman

I was very impressed by her book which inspired a post about Teaching Critical Theory to ALL Students. Months after reading her book, I am still thinking about it.


1. Oliver Jeffers

Like Ricki, I think Jeffers is a pure genius. Everything he writes is so unique and well done. The first one I read was Lost and Found when Trent was 14 days old, and I was sucked in.

2. Matt Tavares

I read Tavares’s 4 baseball biographies this year, and I was blown away with them. I loved how he lyrically tells the human and baseball story of each man.

3. Birgitta Sif

Like Jeffers, Sif is a picture book author who is like no other. Her illustrations are so soft yet impactful, and I love the protagonists of her stories.

4. Mem Fox

Although I did read one of her books in 2009, she truly made an impact this year. So many of our readers recommended her to me when Trent was born, and I can see why. She has a way with words.

5. Walden Finalists Sylvia Whitman, Patrick Flores-Scott, and Bill Konigsberg

And I cannot wait to read more!
(And yes, I did cheat a bit, but oh well!)

Which authors were new to you this year?

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