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.
Alex Award, for adult books with teen appeal (PDF)
Arab American Book Award. Several categories, including books for children.
Batchelder Award, for children's books in translation (PDF)
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, and Top of the List, which includes books for children
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)
Caldecott Medal (PDF)
Carnegie Medal. Nominations. (UK)
Carnegie Medal, for children's video. PDF. (US)
CBC/Radio-Canada. Best Canadian books, including one children's title.
Chapters Indigo (Canada)
Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Children's Choice Book Awards. Finalists. Winners announced May 4-10, 2015.
Children's Book Council of Australia. "Book of the year" in several categories, plus longlists and shortlists.
Christchurch City Libraries (New Zealand)
Edgar Award nominations. Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, awards include juvenile and young adult categories.
Eisner Awards. Comics.
Financial Times (UK)
Foreword Reviews. Middle-grade novels.
A Fuse #8 Production (School Library Journal blog)
Geek Dad. Gift book list includes some children's titles.
Geisel Award (beginning readers) PDF
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)
Inky Awards (Australia)
International Reading Association. Picture books, American and international.
Kate Greenaway Medal. Nominations. (UK)
Kid Lit Frenzy. Nonfiction books.
King County (Washington) Library. Teens.
Kitschies Awards, for speculative fiction (UK)
Lane Anderson Award. Science books. (Canada)
Lire. In French, list of best books includes a jeunesse category. (via L'Express)
Longitude Books. Travel books.
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Finalists. Categories include one for young adult literature.
Marin Mommies. Picks from the Diesel bookstore.
Mashable. Young adult books.
Mombian/Windy City Media Group. LGBTQ-inclusive books.
Morris Award, for YA debuts (PDF)
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."
Nerdy Book Club. Early readers and chapter books, fiction picture books, graphic novels, middle grade fiction, middle-grade and young adult nonfiction, nonfiction picture books, poetry & novels in verse, and young adult fiction (part 1 and part 2).
New England Book Awards. List includes kids' book. (via Boston Globe)
Newbery Medal (PDF)
New Statesman. Critic Amanda Craig's list. (UK)
New York Times Best Illustrated Books Award (slide show)
Notable Books for a Global Society, chosen by the Children's Literature and Special Interest Reading Group of the International Reading Association (PDF)
Odyssey Award (audiobooks) PDF
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Parade. Books chosen by YA authors.
PBS Parents/Adventures in Learning. Picture books.
Planetary Society. Space-themed books.
Pura Belpré Author Award, for books about the Latino cultural experience (PDF)
Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, for books about the Latino cultural experience (PDF)
PopCrush. Young adult.
Rainbow List. Books with significant LGBT content.
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.
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction (via the Read Roger blog)
Shelf Awareness (Scroll down on page for children's and YA titles.)
Society of Illustrators Awards for children's book illustration
Stonewall Book Award/Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, for books about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience (PDF)
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Sydney Taylor Book Awards, for Jewish children's literature (PDF)
Tejas Star Reading List. Spanish and bilingual English/Spanish books, some from 2013.
Time. Young adult.
Today's Parent. Picture books. (Canada)
Toronto Public Library. Books for children under five. (Canada)
UKLA Book Awards. Shortlists. Winners announced July 10, 2015. (UKLA = United Kingdom Literacy Association)
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 (YALSA=Young Adult Library Services Association) PDF