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. And my list-loving Irish friends at St. Columba's College English Department have started their annual roundup, too. Travis Jonker, over at School Library Journal's 100 Scope Notes blog, writes about "2015 Children's Lit: The Year in Miscellanea."
AAAS: SB&F holiday gift guide. (AAAS=American Association for the Advancement of Science. SB&F=Science Books & Film review journal)
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize finalists. Science books.
Abby the Librarian. Favorites.
The Age. Same list as Sydney Morning Herald. (Australia)
Air & Space Magazine (Smithsonian). Aviation- and space-themed books.
Alaska Dispatch News. Favorite Alaska books include a couple for younger readers.
Alex Awards. Adult books appropriate for teens.
Alligator's Mouth (UK)
Anorak Magazine. Picture books. (UK)
Asian Pacific American Library Association (APALA) Literary Award. Via the Lee & Low Books blog.
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Notable books of the year.
Atlantic. One YA book on the list.
Audubon Magazine. Bird books, with a couple for children.
Autostraddle. "Top 10 queer and feminist" books and runners-up include a few YA titles.
Batchelder Award. For children's books in translation.
Birmingham Mail. Christmas books. (UK)
Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension. Teacher Pernille Ripp's YA gift list.
Blue Peter Book Awards. Shortlists. (UK)
Boing Boing. A few kids' books in the gift guide.
Book Chook (Australia)
Book Dragon (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center blog). Books for adults & children.
Book Voyagers. Young adult and new adult, mostly.
Books for Keeps. Gifts. (UK)
Books Live. A couple of titles for younger readers on a long list of reviewers' favorites. (South Africa)
Booktopia. Scroll down on the list. (Australia)
British Comic Awards. Shortlists & longlists. (UK)
Bustle. Best YA book covers.
Carnegie Medal. For children's video.
CBC/Radio-Canada. List includes a few books for kids. (Canada)
Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (Pinterest page)
Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) UK
Centro Voices. "Essential Boricua Reading for the Holiday Season" includes some kids' & YA books.
Chen Bochui Awards (China). Via the Bookseller.
Chicago Public Library. Fiction for older readers (3rd through 8th grades).
Chicago Public Library. Informational books for older readers (3rd through 8th grades).
Chicago Public Library. Informational books for younger readers (Kindergarten through 3rd grade).
Chicago Public Library. Picture books.
Chicago Public Library. Teen fiction.
Chicago Public Library. Teen graphic novels and manga.
Chicago Public Library. Teen nonfiction.
Christchurch City Libraries (New Zealand)
Charlotte Huck Award. For fiction; sponsored by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
Comics Alliance. Teens.
Cooperative Children's Book Center. CCBC Choices. (PDF)
Cosmos Magazine. Illustrated science books, with several for children. (Australia)
Culture Whisper (UK)
Cuyahoga Public Library. Gifts & "great books for kids."
Cybils (Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards). Finalists in eleven categories. Winners to be announced Feb. 14, 2016.
Daily Express (UK)
Daily O (India)
Denver Public Library. Gift guide.
EarlyWord. Spread sheet of various lists of best kids' books.
Edgar Awards. Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America. Nominees, including "juvenile" and YA books. Winners to be announced April 28, 2016.
Elle UK. One kids' book on the list.
Entropy. Best fiction list includes a graphic novel for young adults.
Everything Zoomer. Gifts. (Canada)
Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award. See YALSA, below.
Ezra Jack Keats Awards. To be announced April 2016.
Financial Times (UK)
A Fuse #8 Production (School Library Journal blog). Librarian Elizabeth Bird's 100 Magnificent Children's Books 2015.
#GayYABookClub. 2015 Favorites from a Twitter chat, via Storify.
GeekDad. Gift guide, kids & adults.
Geisel Award. Beginning readers. Announced Jan. 11, 2016; link coming soon.
Globe and Mail (Canada)
Good Reads with Ronna. Picture books.
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. Best kids' books of the year. Plus, some author, editor, and reader favorites.
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Shortlist. Winner. (UK)
Guardian. Christmas books. (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.
io9. Science fiction and fantasy, including some YA books.
Irish Times. Robert Dunbar's favourites. (Ireland)
Japan Times. Books on Japan, including several for children. (Japan)
Jefferson County (Colorado) Public Library. Best monster books. Now we're talkin'.
Jewish Journal. Hanukkah books.
LA Weekly. LA books, one YA.
Latina Book Club. Some kids' and YA titles on the list.
Literary Hub. Booksellers' favorites, with a couple of titles for younger readers.
Londonist. Best London books, with a couple for kids. (UK)
Lone Star Literary Life. Texas books for younger readers, and Texas YA.
Masala Mommas. South Asian kids' books, with some older titles. (Canada)
Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List, from the Texas Library Association.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. List includes two kids' books.
Motherland. Books for preschoolers. (UK)
Mountain Xpress. Kids' books by local Asheville, NC, area authors.
NAACP Image Awards. Nominees in many categories, including outstanding literary works for children and for youth/teens.
Nashville Lifestyles. Southern titles, with one picture book on the list.
National Science Teachers Association. Outstanding science trade books for students K-12.
NBC News Latino. Latino books from small presses; one kids' title on the list.
Nerdy Book Club. Early readers and chapter books.
Nerdy Book Club. Fiction picture books.
Nerdy Book Club. Graphic novels.
Nerdy Book Club. Middle grade fiction.
Nerdy Book Club. Nonfiction.
Nerdy Book Club. Nonfiction picture books.
Nerdy Book Club. Poetry and novels in verse.
Nerdy Book Club. Young adult fiction, Part 1 and Part 2.
New Scientist. One kids' book on the list. (UK)
New Statesman. Critic Amanda Craig's selections. (UK)
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Not My Typewriter. List includes a few books for kids.
Odyssey Award. For audiobooks.
Orbis Pictus Award. For nonfiction; sponsored by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
Pages & Pages (Australia)
Parnassus Musing. Gift list for children and teens.
Penn GSE [Graduate School of Education] Newsroom. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas's picks.
Planetary Society. Books about space.
Port Huron (Mich.) Times Herald. Gifts.
Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Shortlists. (Australia)
Printz Award. Announced Jan. 11, 2016; link coming soon.
Project Eve Moms. Picture books.
Queensland Literary Awards (Australia)
Quill & Quire (Canada)
Rainbow List. GLBTQ books.
Reading Rockets. Gift guide.
Readings. Emily Gale's picks for her family. (Australia)
Readings. Junior fiction. (Australia)
Readings. Middle fiction. (Australia)
Readings. Picture books. (Australia)
Readings. Young adult. (Australia)
Red Magazine (UK)
Rookie. Gifts (teens).
Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Science books. (UK)
Sakura Medal. Nominees. (Japan)
San Francisco Chronicle. Gift guide include books for children.
Sarah Webb (Ireland)
Schneider Family Book Award. Announced Jan. 11, 2016; link coming soon.
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.
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Via Read Roger at the Horn Book.
Seattle Review of Books. Teens.
Slate. Laura Miller's list includes a kids' book.
South Coast Today (MA)
Spectator. One kids' book included. (UK)
Spinoff (New Zealand)
Sunday Express (UK)
Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries. (PDF)
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)
Today's Parent. Picture books. (Canada)
Tor.com. Staff favorites include some YA.
Toronto Public Library. Books for children under 5. (Canada)
Tri-City News (Canada)
USA Today. Christmas books.
Vampire Book Club. Some YA books on the list.
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (Australia)
Vikki VanSickle (Canada)
Vox. Comics, some for kids.
Vulture (New York Magazine). Graphic novels, some for kids.
We Need Diverse Books. Middle grade.
- Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
- Best Fiction for Young Adults
- Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
- Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
- Teens' top ten
Zooglobble. Best kids' music. Not books but still fun.