The Best of the Best: Kids' Books '08. ©Susan Thomsen, 2008, 2009. All rights reserved.
It's that time of year again; here at the end of 2008, everyone is compiling a Best Children's Books of the Year List, including each of the following.
Update 1.26.09: the list continues into 2009 with various prizes given for books published in 2008.
Abilene Reporter News: Top Ten Texas Books (includes a kids' book)
Aesop Prize (American Folklore Society)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Children's Literature Prize 2009 (for a book published in 2008)
The Audies, sponsored by Audio Publishers Association
AudioFile: Best AudioBooks, including books in Children & Family Listening and Young Adult categories
Austin American-Statesman: "The Best Kids' Books We Didn't Get a Chance to Write About"
Batchelder Award (for children's literature in translation)
Beginning With Books Center for Early Literacy: Best Books for Babies
Boneville: Jeff Smith's top comics list (not all for children)
Book Links: Lasting Connections (Picture Books)
Borders "Original Voices" Awards (for adults' and children's books)
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards 2008 (includes books published in 2007 and 2008. Scroll down on page to see 2008 winners.); Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards 2009 (includes books publisher in 2008 and 2009)
Calgary Herald (Canada)
Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video (often an adaptation of a children's book)
CCBC Choices 2009, a preliminary list of the best of '08 from the Cooperative Children's Book Center (PDF)
Choice Literacy: Year's Best Read-Alouds for Intermediate and Middle-School Students
Colorado Book Award. Includes several children's/YA categories.
Connecticut Book Awards (includes children's literature categories)
The Courier-Mail: Suggested Reading (Australia)
The Cuffies (Publishers Weekly; children's booksellers choose 2008 favorites)
Cuyahoga (Ohio) County Public Library (PDF file)
Durham (NC) Independent Weekly: best books list includes a few for children
The Day (New London, CT)
Dr. Tony Ryan Award finalists for books on thoroughbred racing (PDF file)
Financial Times (UK)
Geisel Award for books for beginning readers
Golden Fuse Awards (funny, insider-y look at '08 from a blogger and NYPL librarian)
Golden Kite Awards (from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators)
Good Comics for Kids (a School Library Journal blog)
Governor General's Literary Awards for Children's Literature. One French and one English winner in two categories, text and illustration. (Canada)
"Growing Good Kids" awards, sponsored by Junior Master Gardener Program and American Horticultural Society
The Guardian (UK)
- plus novelty stocking fillers (includes a few books for children)
Guelph Mercury (Canada)
The Herald-Mail (by Karen MacPherson, Scripps Howard News Service), Hagerstown, MD
Hockey Book Reviews.com: Hockey Books for Kids
Hugo Awards, sponsored by World Science Fiction Society. Honors books for adults, but 2009 top prize to kids' book.
Hyphen: Best Asian American Books, including one kids' book
The Independent: Best 20 Books of the Year (with one title for kids), UK
Kirkus Reviews (an advertisement-heavy PDF file)
Lambda Literary Awards. Includes a Children's/YA category.
Los Angeles Times
Michigan Notable Books 2009 (titles published in 2008), with 2 books for younger readers
Minnesota Book Awards (includes one kids' and one YA book)
Morris Award shortlist, for best young-adult book by a first-time author. And winner. Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
National Jewish Book Awards (PDF file; long list of winners in various categories, including children's and YA literature, illustrated children's books)
National Outdoor Book Award, long list of winners, with one book for children
New York Daily News "Authors Pick Their 2008 Favorite Latino Books" (mostly for grown-ups but choices include two young-adult titles)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice book award nominees (via the LA Times; scroll down on page)
NPR: Critic Alan Cheuse's picks for holiday gifts (includes 1 book for children); also Nancy Pearl's Books Beneath the Reading Radar (with 1 picture book)
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English)
Odyssey Award (audiobooks)
Peggy's Picks. List from Dr. Peggy Sharp.
Press and Journal's best festive reads. Includes books for children at the end. (UK)
The Rainbow Project: GLTBQ books (from 2007-8) for children and teens
Rigoberto Gonzalez's holiday gift list of bilingual (Spanish-English) books from small presses, at the blog Critical Mass
Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009 (one book published in '08 and one in '09)
Rocky Mountain News gift guide
Sacramento Bee: holiday books
Salon's "Books We Love," various authors' choices include a few YA novels
San Antonio News Express. Mostly titles for adults, but does include a few for kids.
Sid Fleischman Award, for humor in children's books, sponsored by the Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
Sunburst Award (Canada's "literature of the fantastic"): young-adult category
Sydney Taylor Book Awards 2009 (for books published in 2008), Jewish children's literature
Timaru, New Zealand, Extreme Readers at the Timaru children's library (via the Timaru Herald)
The Times Christmas Books 2008 (UK)
- Audio Books for Children
- Children 2-10 (compiled by critic Amanda Craig)
- Children 11+ (by Amanda Craig again)
Toronto Public Library's Best Canadian Children's Books for kids up to 5 (Canada)
Village Voice (one young-adult novel made the cut; rest are adult books)
- Gift Books: Visual Feasts (slide show of covers), includes some children's books
Western Heritage Awards (including a children's book prize)
The Working Waterfront: Maine Books
Ypulse: Best (and worst) books for young adults
Reading other blogs is a tremendous help in compiling this big list. Thanks to all my fellow bloggers, including Largehearted Boy, A Fuse #8 Production, Read Roger, Paper Cuts, Read Alert, Mo Willems Doodles, Confessions of a Science Librarian, Elizabeth Bunce's Mirth & Matter, The Miss Rumphius Effect, Achockablog, Jen Robinson's Book Page, and Wild Rose Reader. More to be added as the list grows!