As an Oak Tree Grows by G. Brian Karas is a rather profound picture book that follows the life of a tree as it grows from a seed planted in 1775 to the center of a very bustling community. The tree is always positioned in the center of the book spread, allowing the young reader to really see how the landscape changed with passing time and growing technology.
Wish by Matthew Cordell is a beautiful book about the gift of a child. This is a beautiful book! Mr. Cordell wrote this about his own family's attempts at growing his family. And as far as I can see, they are not elephants as depicted in the book.
El Deafo by Cece Bell is my favorite book of 2014! It's a graphic memoir about Cece's experience growing up hearing impaired. The graphic novel is the perfect medium to convey just what it feels like to have hearing loss. Of course, Cece's hearing loss is just a part of her life, and this book beautifully and hilariously conveys the trials and tribulations of growing up and friendship. Imagine if Beverly Cleary wrote a superhero comic—that's what El Deafo is to me!