It's raining books, hallelujah!
The holiday season means an abundance of online "best books" lists, and here on Chicken Spaghetti I collect the ones for kids' books. The focus is on material published in 2015, although you'll find that a few lineups also incorporate titles from previous years. Some of them cover way more than children's books; a mention here means that somewhere on the list is at least one kids' category. I plan to update the big list regularly.
©Susan Thomsen, 2015.
Be sure to see the magnificent list of all 2015 book lists at Largehearted Boy.
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize finalists. Science books.
Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension. Teacher Pernille Ripp's YA gift list.
Books for Keeps. Gifts. (UK)
British Comic Awards. Shortlists & longlists. (UK)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's books. Gift guide (PDF).
Chen Bochui Awards (China). Via the Bookseller.
Christchurch City Libraries (New Zealand)
Charlotte Huck Award. For fiction; sponsored by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
Costa Children's Book Award. Shortlist. PDF (UK)
Cuyahoga Public Library. Gifts & "great books for kids."
EarlyWord. Spread sheet of various lists of best kids' books.
Financial Times (UK)
GeekDad. Gift guide, kids & adults.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Graphic novels and comics. Some, not all, for children.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Middle grade.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Picture books.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Young adult fantasy and science fiction.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Young adult fiction.
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Shortlist. Winner. (UK)
Guardian. Various authors' favorites of the year. See Lauren Child's picks for some children's books. (UK)
Guardian. Young Critics Competition winners. (UK)
Heavy Medal, A Mock Newbery Blog. Shortlist.
Imagination Soup. Board books.
Jefferson County (Colorad0) Public Library. Best monster books. Now we're talkin'.
Jewish Journal. Hanukkah books.
National Science Teachers Association. Outstanding science trade books for students K-12.
New Scientist. One kids' book on the list. (UK)
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Orbis Pictus Award. For nonfiction; sponsored by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
Pages & Pages (Australia)
Planetary Society. Books about space.
Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Shortlists. (Australia)
Queensland Literary Awards (Australia)
Red Magazine (UK)
Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Science books. (UK)
Sakura Medal. Nominees. (Japan)
Sarah Webb (Ireland)
School Library Journal. Adult books for teens.
School Library Journal. Middle grade.
School Library Journal. Nonfiction.
School Library Journal. Picture books.
School Library Journal. Top 10 audiobooks.
School Library Journal. Top 10 graphic novels.
School Library Journal. Top 10 Latin@ books.
School Library Journal. Young adult.
Spectator. One kids' book included. (UK)
Tablet Magazine. Marjorie Ingall's roundup of the best Jewish children's books.
Tejas Star Reading List. Bilingual English/Spanish books, and books in Spanish.
Telegraph. Young adult. (UK)
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (Australia)
Wall Street Journal. Gifts.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Teens' top ten. PDF