A roundup of "best of" lists and children's literature prizes for books published in 2009.
- See also the other lists Best Children's Books 2010: A List of Lists and Awards and The Best of the Best: Kids' Books '08.
Alex Awards. Books written for adults & good for young people aged 12 and older, too.
Amazon Editors' Picks: Top 100 Books List of mostly adult books does include some YA and middle-grade novels.
Amelia Bloomer List. "Recommended feminist literature" for children.
Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature (includes several kids' categories)
The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers of America. Several children's categories of audiobooks.
AudioFile. Best audio books, including a category for "children & family listening"
Aurealis Awards. Finalists. List of Australian science fiction, fantasy, and horror books includes several YA and children's categories.
The Australian (children's books at the end of the list)
Awful Library Books: Best Awful Library Books of 2009. This list features older books but is too funny not to include here.
Bank Street children's book awards, including the Josette Frank, Flora Stieglitz Straus, and Claudia Lewis awards, plus PDF versions of Bank Street's extensive Books of the Year lists, categorized by age
Best Hockey Books for Kids, at Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends.com
Bisto Children's Book of the Year Awards (Ireland)
Blue Peter Book Awards shortlist. Sponsored by CBBC (Children's BBC) and Booktrust; some shortlisted books first published first in 2007 and 2008. (UK)
Boing Boing Gift Guide 2009: Kids. Some 2009 books, some older.
Bookends: Best nonfiction
Booklist: Top of the List, and Editors' Choice
Booklist: Lasting Connections. "30 picture books, novels, and nonfiction books that most effectively connect to the K–8 curriculum..."
Canadian Children's Literature Awards, including TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Nora Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Nonfiction, and Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Canadian Toy Testing Council's Top Ten Great Books for Children (some books from 2008)
Carter G. Woodson Award (sponsored by the National Council for Social Studies)
CBC Radio: Recommended reads (Canada)
CBS: "The Early Show." "Holiday Reads for Your Kids."
Children's Choice Book Awards. Finalists and winners.
CLA (Canada Library Association) Young Adult Book Award shortlist
Comic Book Resources: Best comics collections reprints.
Coretta Scott King Award. (See also Steptoe Award for New Talent, below.)
Cryptomundo (blog): Top Ten Cryptozoology Books. Includes books for children.
Daily Mail: Teenage fiction
Dragons in 2009 children's books, at Charlotte's Library
Drawn! Illustration and Cartoon Art. John Martz's favorite comic and art books include a kids' title
Edgar award nominees, sponsored by Mystery Writers of America. Several children's categories included.
Ezra Jack Keats Awards for new children's book writers and illustrators
Financial Times. Many categories, with children's and teens' books at the end of the list. (UK)
Geoffrey Billson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People finalists (Canada)
Giverny Award for children's science picture book
Golden Fuse Awards. A humorous look at the year in kids' books.
Golden Kite Awards, from SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
Good Comics for Kids, a School Library Journal blog: Best comics for kids
Governor General's Literary Awards (Canada). Including several children's categories. Translation winner is also a kids' book.
Graphic Novel Reporter Best of 2009: A Survey of Comics Readers. Adult-oriented list does contain some books for children.
Growing Good Kids Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, sponsored by the American Horticultural Society and the Junior Master Gardener Program
Gryphon Award, for books for children from kindergarten to 4th grade
The Guardian: children's and illustrated books gift list
Guerilla Girls on Tour (feminist theatrical collective) best books. Includes a children's and YA section.
Guys Lit Wire. Best graphic novels.
Hudson Booksellers. List includes a Young Readers category.
Huffington Post: picture books.
The Independent: The 50 Best Winter Reads (UK). Includes some books for children.
Instructor Magazine. Teachers' Picks: Books. First-Rate Biographies.
iParenting Media Awards: Books (some for children, others for parents)
Kansas City Star. Top 100 books of the year list includes a young readers' section.
Kirkus Reviews (PDF file)
Lane Anderson Award for Canadian science books shortlist (includes a children's category)
Largehearted Boy. "Online 'Best of 2009' Book Lists." An awe-inspiring, ginormous list of lists of all kinds of books.
LIANZA Children's Book Awards (Library & Information Association of New Zealand)
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalists (Canada)
MER Prizes (South Africa) Scroll down on the page for the youth literature shortlist.
Meridian Magazine (Latter Day Saints)
NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work. Nominees in books for children and for youth/teens (and other categories)
National Outdoor Book Awards. A children's category is included; some books published in '08.
New Brunswick (NJ) Home News. Holiday books.
New York Public Library. 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
The New Yorker: "What We Read This Year" (staff picks), at the magazine's Book Bench blog, includes one children's book
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Nonfiction finalists
NPR: Critic Alan Cheuse's best of the season list includes one classic book for children
NPR: Big And Beautiful: Best Gift Books. List of coffee-table tomes includes one kid-oriented book.
NPR: Nancy Pearl's Under-the-Radar holiday books include several children's/YA titles
Omnivoracious (Amazon blog) Best Book Covers of 2009 A couple of children's books in a long list.
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards. One picture book at the end of the list.
PEN Center USA Literary Awards (includes a category for children's books)
Planet Esme: Christmas picture books
Poetry for Children Blog: Kids' poetry expert Sylvia Vardell's 2009 favorites
Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists (Australia)
Quebec Writers' Federation Awards, including a prize for children's literature.
Quill & Quire. A list of Canada's best books includes a young readers section.
Rainbow Books 2010. A GLBTQ list of books for children and teens, from the American Library Association's Rainbow Project. Includes titles from last few years.
Roald Dahl Funny Prize. One book published in '08 and one in '09. (UK)
Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books shortlist
San Angelo Standard-Times: Texas books, including mentions of a couple of kids' titles
San Antonio Express-News. New editions of Christmas classics.
SciFiChik Her list of science fiction and fantasy bests of '09 includes a section on YA/children's books.
Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers' Top Ten Hispanic Books of 2009 list includes some children/YA titles
Southland Times. A couple of kids' books on a general list. (New Zealand)
Spur Awards, sponsored by the Western Writers of America
Steptoe Award for New Talent. (Part of Coretta Scott King awards.)
Sydney Taylor Book Awards, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries
TD Canadian Children's Literature Award nominees. Categories for books in English and French.
Times Argus (Barre, VT) Gift books.
Vodafone Crossword Book Award (India)
Words World and Wings: Best Santa Claus picture books of the year
The Working Waterfront: Maine children's books
Your Friendly Librarian. Books grouped by intended age of readers.
Ypluse. Best and worst books of the year.
Many thanks to my fellow bloggers and Twitter people for help compiling this list; a huge shout-out goes to Largehearted Boy, who so generously shares his work. He's got best music lists, too!
Best Children's Books of 2009: The Big List of Lists. ©Susan Thomsen, 2009, 2010. All rights reserved.