A roundup of the year-end "best of" lists and children's literature prizes. Most of the books on these lists were published in 2014; a few lists include titles from prior years, too. I will update this page regularly, so if you see something not mentioned here, give me a holler in the comments or on Twitter @Susan_Thomsen. Comments are open but moderated, due to spam woes.
©Susan Thomsen, 2014.
The blog Largehearted Boy maintains a huge list of all the online "best books" lists. The English department at St. Columba's College, Dublin, keeps a good annotated list of book lists. Also, Confessions of a Science Librarian collects lists of best science books (for adults). Don't miss librarian Travis Jonker's smart and funny "Children's Literature 2014: The Year in Miscellanea," at School Library Journal's 100 Scope Notes blog. Holiday shoppers will want to peruse the great suggestions at MotherReader's list of "150 Ways to Give a Book." Betsy Bird, of the New York Public Library, makes her Caldecott and Newbery predictions at another School Library Journal blog, A Fuse #8 Production.
AAAS Science Books & Film. Gift guide. (AAAS = American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Air & Space Magazine (Smithsonian). Aviation- and space-themed books.
Big Issue (UK)
Blackwell's. Recommendations by booksellers. (UK)
Blue Peter Book Awards. Shortlist. Winners announced March 5, 2015. (UK)
Boing Boing. Gift guide includes some books for kids.
A Book Long Enough. Picture book nonfiction.
Booklist: Adult books for young adults
Booklist: Black history
Booklist: Crafts and gardening
Booklist: Editors' Choice: Books for youth and Audiobooks for youth
Booklist: Religion and spirituality
Booklist: Science and health
Bookseller YA Book Prize. Shortlist. (UK)
Booktopia. (Scroll down on a long list.) Australia
Boston Globe (Scroll down on a long list for the kids' books. The lists of individual categories, not linked here, seem to activate a pay wall.)
British Comic Awards (via Forbidden Planet International)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. "Guide book to gift books." (PDF)
Caldecott Medal. To be announced Feb. 2, 2015.
Carnegie Medal. Nominations. (UK)
CBC/Radio-Canada. Best Canadian books, including one children's title.
Chapters Indigo (Canada)
Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (Cybils). Shortlists announced Jan. 1, 2015. Winners announced Feb. 14, 2015.
Christchurch City Libraries (New Zealand)
Costa Children's Book Award. Shortlist. (Scroll down longer list.) UK
Financial Times (UK)
Foreword Reviews. Middle-grade novels.
Geek Dad. Gift book list includes some children's titles.
Globe and Mail. Top 100 list includes some children's books. (Canada)
Goodreads Choice Awards. Middle grade & children's.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Picture books.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Young adult fantasy and science fiction.
Goodreads Choice Awards. Young adult fiction.
Governor General's Literary Awards. Categories for children's books in English and in French. PDF. (Canada)
Gutter Bookshop. Scroll down to see kids' books. (Ireland)
Hockey Book Reviews. Not a "year's best," per se, but does include books for children.
Houston Chronicle. List includes some books for kids.
Huffington Post. Picture books.
Independent. 12 and older. (UK)
International Reading Association. Picture books, American and international.
Kate Greenaway Medal. Nominations. (UK)
Kid Lit Frenzy. Nonfiction books.
King County (Washington) Library. Teens.
Lire. In French, list of best books includes a jeunesse category. (via L'Express)
Longitude Books. Travel books.
Marin Mommies. Picks from the Diesel bookstore.
Mashable. Young adult books.
Mombian/Windy City Media Group. LGBTQ-inclusive books.
Morris YA Debut Award. Finalists.
Mr. Brian's Picture Book Picks. Fiction.
Mumsnet. Books for the children aged 3 and younger. (UK)
NAACP Image Awards. (Scroll down on page for nominated books for children and for youth/teens.) Winners announced Feb. 6.
National Outdoor Book Awards. Children's book category included.
National Post (Canada)
National Science Teachers Association. "Outstanding science trade books for students K–12."
New England Book Awards. List includes kids' book. (via Boston Globe)
Newbery Medal. To be announced Feb. 2, 2015.
New Statesman. Critic Amanda Craig's list. (UK)
New York Times Best Illustrated Books Award (slide show)
Parade. Books chosen by YA authors.
PBS Parents/Adventures in Learning. Picture books.
Planetary Society. Space-themed books.
PopCrush. Young adult.
Reading Rockets (PDF)
The Root: Top nonfiction by black authors includes one kids' book.
SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle. Children's books gift guide.
School Run (UK)
Science Friday (NPR). Science books.
Shelf Awareness (Scroll down on page for children's and YA titles.)
Society of Illustrators Awards for children's book illustration
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Time. Young adult.
Today's Parent. Picture books. (Canada)
Toronto Public Library. Books for children under five. (Canada)
USA Today. Christmas and Hanukkah books.
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Shortlists include a YA category. (Australia)
Waterstone's. "Book of the year" shortlist includes a picture book. (UK)
The Women's Bookshop. "Faves & Raves" list includes several titles for children. (New Zealand)
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. Finalists. (YALSA=Young Adult Library Services Association)