Best books and Lists

Note: Includes all links from the International, Subject Focused, and Young Adult Specific sub-categories, along with a number of additional lists.

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association) Notable Children’s Books, ages 0-14.

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association) Graphic Novels Reading List 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 20162015, 2010-2014.

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, 2016 Blue Ribbons, plus 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, 1996-present.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Kids Books site has many lists and resources for kids (and you can use this link to find books and more for older students and other readers, too).

CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Books for Children and Young Adults.

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.

Horn Book Fanfarecurrent list, plus lists from previous years.

• IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Honour List, 2016, Archives.

Kirkus, Best Children’s Books, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

• Kirkus, Best Middle-Grade Books, 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

• Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Nonfiction, 2017, 2015

Kirkus, Best Middle-Grade Books that Celebrate Diversity, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010

Kirkus, Best Picture Books, 2017, 20162015.

• Kirkus, Best Teen Books, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

• Kirkus, Best Teen Nonfiction, 2017, 2015

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

NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2000-2016. (Embargo on the year 2017).

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

New York Public Library, Children’s Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books (with images), 2017 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

• New York Times Notable Children’s Books, 2017, 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 Young Adult Books, 2016, 2015, 2014

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

AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Films, 2016, 2015, 2014

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 GLBT 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