Best books and Lists

Comprehensive list from this website.

AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. See drop-down menus for “Winners by Year” and “Winners by Category”

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association) Notable Children’s Books, ages 0-14. Current list displayed, “Past Notable Children’s Books lists” on left.

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association) Graphic Novels Reading List 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013, for grades K-8.

• Association of Jewish Libraries, Sydney Taylor Book Award, for outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Links to 1968-present.

Bank Street College of Education, The Best Children’s Books of the Year. Books for ages under 5 to over 14; current list on home page, previous year back to 2010 to the left.

• Bank Street College of Education. Bilingual & Spanish Books. 2008-present.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for outstanding translation of a book, 1968-present.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Picture Books, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction, for children and young adults), 1967-present.

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, children’s and YA Blue Ribbon Archive.

Randolph Caldecott Medal (best illustrated book of the year) and honor books, 1938-present.

• Capitol Choices, Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, plus audiobooks, 1996-present.

CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Books for Children and Young Adults. This is a treasure trove of awards and specialized lists. Investigate the site.

CLA Notables, K-8, (Children’s Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English).

• Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Author and Illustrator awards, 1970-present.

• Freeman Book Awards. Honoring East And Southeast Asian Titles for Children and Young Adults

Horn Book Fanfare, best children’s and YA books, current list, plus lists from previous years.

• IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Honour List (every 2 years), 2018Archives.


  • Best Picture Books of 2018, 2017. Picture books by many categories, including Informational Picture Books, Books for Babies and Toddlers, Wordless Books . . . and more. Check the drop-down menu: “Showing: All picture books by category.”
  • Best Middle Grade Books of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015. By category: Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Books for New and Transitioning Readers . . . more. Check the drop-down menu: “Showing: All middle grade books by category.”
  • Best Young Adult Books of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014. By category: YA Mystery and Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Nonfiction, Historical Fiction . . . more. Check the drop-down menu: “Showing: All books by category.”

Mathical Award-winning math related “Books for Kids from Tots to Teens.” 2015-present.

NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2000-present. (Embargo on the current year).

NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Award or Excellence in Poetry for Children

NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

New York Public Library, Best Books for Kids2014-present.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books (with images), 20182017 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

• New York Times Notable Children’s Books (through YA), 20182017,2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

No Flying No Tights Graphic novels website (all ages).

NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, 1996-most current list.

• Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2000-present.

• Publisher’s Weekly, Best Books from 2018. See Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult from the menu bar, and select lists from 2009-present.

• Pura Belpré Award presented to Latino/Latina writer and illustrator, 1996-present.

Robert F. Sibert Medal for distinguished informational book for children, 2001-present.

SLJ (School Library Journal) Best Books: Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Nonfiction (by year):  20162015, 2014, 2013

South Asia Book Award highlighting outstanding literature for children and teens that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad, recommended by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC)

• Stonewall Book Awards for GLBTRT experience, lists for children’s and adult books, 1971-present.

USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) Outstanding International Books, 2006-present.

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association) Book Awards and Booklists (sign-up required for complimentary access). Get the YALSA app for FREE!

• YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, including “Top Ten” lists, 2007-present.

• YALSA Nonfiction Award, 2010-present