More Children’s Best Books

UPDATE: 12/23:

We’re happy to announce that our annual spreadsheets, rounding up all the titles in the national best books lists, with ISBN’s and information on additional formats — audio, large print, and eformats from OverDrive — are now available for downloading and checking against your collections.


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Two new childrens best books list appeared over the holiday; the New York Times Book Review’s Notable Childrens and Kirkus Review‘s Childrens and Teen lists.

Consensus is a rare thing, particularly in best books picks. Of the 172 titles, only 14 were picked by three or more sources; 82% of the titles were picked by just one.

Below are the top titles, by number of picks.

Four Picks

Children’s fiction


Schmidt, Gary D Okay for NowHMH/Clarion (RH/Listening Library; OverDrive). Picked by: Amazon, National Book Award Finalist, Kirkus, NYT BR Notable Children’s Books

Selznick, Brian,  WonderstruckScholastic. Picked by; AmazonPublishers WeeklyKirkusNYT BR Notable Children’s Book

Young Adult

Sepetys, Ruta, Between Shades of GrayPenguin/Philomel (Penguin Audio; OverDrive); Picked by AmazonPublishers WeeklyKirkusNYT BR Notable Children’s Books

Stiefvater, Maggie, The Scorpio Races, Scholastic, (Scholastic Audio; OverDrive); Picked by AmazonPublishers WeeklyKirkusNYT BR Notable Children’s Books

Taylor, Laini Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Hachette, (Hachette Audio); Picked by Amazon (one of the Top Twenty), Publishers WeeklyKirkusNYT BR Notable Children’s Books

Three Picks

Picture Books

Klassen, Jon, I Want My Hat Back, Candlewick; Picked by NYT Book Review Best IllustratedPublishers WeeklyNYT BR Notable Children’s Books

Rocco, John Blackout, Disney/Hyperion; Picked by Publishers WeeklyKirkusNYT BR Notable Children’s Books

Young Adult


Billingsley, Franny Chime YA Penguin/Dial (RH/Listening Library; OverDrive); Picked by National Book Award FinalistPublishers WeeklyKirkus

Ness, Patrick, A Monster Calls, Candlewick, (Brilliance Audio; OverDrive); Picked by Publishers WeeklyKirkus, NYT BR Notable Children’s Books

Children’s Fiction


Lai, Thanhha, Inside Out & Back Again, HarperCollins/Harper (OverDrive, 26 circs), National Book Award Winner, Publishers WeeklyKirkus

Valente, Catherynne M., illustrated by Ana Juan, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, (Brilliance Audio); Picked by AmazonPublishers WeeklyKirkus

Picture Books

Tullet, Herve,  Press Here, Chronicle; Picked by AmazonPublishers WeeklyKirkus

Children’s Nonfiction


Nelson, Kadir Nelson, Kadir Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African AmericansHarperCollins/Balzer + Bray; Picked by Publishers WeeklyKirkusNYT BR Notable Children’s Books

McDonnell, Patrick McDonnell, Patrick Me … Jane , Hachette/LBYR; Picked by NYT BR Best Illustrated BooksKirkusNYT BR Notable Children’s Books

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