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20 Best Children’s Books of 2014 According to the Kids Who Read Them

20 Best Children’s Books of 2014 According to the Kids Who Read Them

By Jessica Sanders

What were the best children’s books of 2014? We tallied up the books that got the most likes from kids using Whooo’s Reading and Reading-Raiser to create a list of epic proportions. Check out the top picks and don’t miss their adorable reviews as well!

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3), Rick Riordan

Top read for grades: 2-4, 8

Total likes: 13,262

Student review: “Full of action, betrayal, and humor, the third book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is suddenly changing. The Titans are rising and Camp Half-Blood may lose against them. Someone is betraying Camp Half-Blood and the camp may be lost forever.” – Reenie, Grade 5

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

Top read for grades: 2-4

Total likes: 9,816

I Survived Hurricane Katrina, Lauren Tarshis

Top read for grades: 2-4

Total likes: 4,568

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1), Rick Riordan

Top read for grades: 1-4, 8

Total likes: 3,908

Student review: “Perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heart beats.” – Jin, Grade 4

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2), Rick Riordan

Top read for grades: 1-4, 8

Total likes: 3,036

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1, Jeff Kinney

Top read for grades: 2-6

Total likes: 2,804

Student review: “This book had a lot of epic things. Greg was staking toilet paper in his locker, but when the teacher came to inspect everyone’s locker he had to act quick and hide them somewhere else. So he picked a great place…the bathroom stall!!!” – Justine, Grade 5

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

Top read for grades: 3-5

Total likes: 1,754

The Hunger Games #1, Suzanne Collins

Top read for grades: 4-6

Total likes: 1,754

Student review: “I would call this book a page turner, the excitement and the anticipation kept me turning pages by the minute!” – Camille, Grade 5

Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2), Jeff Kinney

Top read for grades: 3-6

Total likes: 1,470

The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3), Jeff Kinney

Top read for grades: 3-5

Total likes: 1,425

Student Review: “Greg works on New Year resolutions for people but they don’t listen.” – John, Grade 3

Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8), Jeff Kinney

Top read for grades: 3-5

Total likes: 1,359

Student Review: “This book was weird and interesting but also really funny. I was so happy when I finished the book but the problem is I read the last book but now I really want to read the next book but I cant so I feel like I will DIE!!!!!!!!” – Mary K, Grade 5

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

Top read for grades: 2-4

Total likes: 1,285

Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss

Top read for grades: K-4

Total likes: 1,236

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Top read for grades: 4-5

Total likes: 1,210

Student review: “I would recommend this book to other students because it helps young people think twice before making fun of other people. I really enjoyed this book.” – Bella, Grade 5

Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4), Jeff Kinney

Top read for grades: 3-5

Total likes: 1,135

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Top read for grades: 2-4

Total likes: 1,074

Student Review:I really loved this book because the book had lots of fictional stuff witch is my favorite kind of genre. I also loved this book because it is in a series so when I finish one book I don’t get mad at the book or author because I can just move on to the next book in the series..” – Matteo, Grade 5

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Top read for grades: 2-4

Total likes: 994

The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5), Jeff Kinney

Top read for grades: 3-5

Total likes: 944

The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss

Top read for grades: 1-5

Total likes: 936

Student Review: “This book is awesome because it has awesome characters.”– Logan, Grade 3

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

Top read for grades: 4-6

Total likes: 915

Bonus Books!

Minecraft (The Ultimate Players Guide), Scholastic

Top read for grade: 1

Total likes: 863

Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo

Top read for grades: 4-5

Total likes: 805

Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White

Top read for grades: 3-5

Total likes: 698

Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House Series #13), Mary Pope Osborne

Top read for grade: 1

Total likes: 696

The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey

Top read for grades: 3-6

Total likes: 627

Student review: “This is a super funny book about one of my favorite book characters—Captain Underpants! He is indeed a silly guy, especially since he walks around in his tightey whiteys with a cape on. Who would do that on a regular basis? Not me, for sure!” – Allyson, Grade 5

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