A roundup of the year-end "best of" lists and children's literature prizes. With a few exceptions, the books on these lists were published in 2010. This page will be updated regularly.
See also the big 2009 list of lists.
Aesop Prize (folklore)
Agatha Award, children & teen category ("traditional mysteries")
Alex Awards (adult books good for teens)
Amazon Editors' Picks: Top 100 Books. List includes a few titles for children and teens.
Amazon Editors' Top Ten: Audiobooks. One YA novel on the list.
Amazon Editors' Top Ten: Gay & Lesbian. One YA novel on the list.
Anna Lindh Foundation honor list. Honoring children's books in Arabic.
Arab American Book Awards (including a kids' book category)
Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. Awards honor books for kids & adults.
Association of Booksellers for Children New Voices list of outstanding debut books by authors for middle-grade and young-adult readers
Atlantic Book Awards (Canada). List includes some children's books.
AudioFile. Best audiobooks, including a "Children's and Family Listening" category.
Batchelder Award (children's book in translation)
BoingBoing Gift Guide. Includes some books for children & teens.
Bookchat Awards (South Africa)
Booklist: Top ten religious books for youth
Booklist: Top ten sci-tech books for youth
Booktrust YoungMinds Book Award shortlist (UK)
Boston Globe. Anita Silvey's picks.
Bruneau Family Children's/Young Adult Literature Award. Honors excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. (Canada)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books: gift guide (PDF file; includes 2009 titles, too)
Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards. Winners of and finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the inaugural John Spray Mystery Award.
Chapters Indigo (Canada)
Christchurch Kids' Blog: Top five books for young adults (New Zealand)
Christian Science Monitor. Graphic novels.
Cleveland Plain Dealer. Best books list includes a few kids'/YA titles.
E.B. White Read-Aloud Award: see Indies Choice.
Edgar Award nominations, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. A couple of kids' categories included.
Entertainment Weekly: best comics and graphic novels. Mostly for adults and teens, but a few for children.
Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature longlist
First Things: Picture Books
Flashlight Worthy: graphic novels (several kids' and all-ages on list)
Gawker (includes one YA book)
Goodreads Choice Awards, including the following categories
Grand Rapids Press. Books by Michigan authors.
Graphic Novel Reporter. List includes children's/YA books.
Greenaway Medal. See Kate Greenaway Medal.
Growing Good Kids awards (books on gardening and the environment)
Hampton Roads (VA).com, via The Virginian-Pilot
Harvard Book Store. Includes some books for kids.
Hockey Book Reviews.com. Not a "best" list, per se, but a good roundup of 2010 hockey books for children and teens.
The Horn Book Fanfare (best of the year books)
Huffington Post: Best of the Best children's books
Huffington Post: Best 10 Books of 2010 list includes a book for younger readers
Hyphen Magazine: Notable Asian-American books, including a couple of YA titles
The Independent: Best books for Christmas, including children's books (scroll down on page) UK
Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Book Award finalists
INSPYs. Bloggger awards for "faith-driven" literature include a YA category.
The Integrated Catholic Life (list includes two children's books)
i09: speculative fiction (includes a couple of YA titles)
Irish Book Awards, including the Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children's Book of the Year
Kansas City Star. Top 100 list includes a children's book category.
Kiddo Awards nominees at James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead.com
Largehearted Boy: Online "Best 2010" Book Lists. All genres. The list of lists.
Lehigh Valley (PA) Express Times. Holiday books.
Latina Magazine. 5 best books list includes a middle grade/YA title.
Manga Report: Manga Gift Guide (for teens and grown-ups)
Montreal Gazette. Holiday books. (Canada)
Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Books published in '09 and '10.
Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature (scroll down on page)
National Outdoor Book Award. Includes a children's book category.
National Parenting Publications Awards for books (and magazines)
New West Best Books in the West. List mentions one all-ages graphic novel.
New York Public Library: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (PDF file)
The New Yorker: The Book Bench blog's Holiday Gift Guide: "For the Precocious Child"
New York Times Book Review: Best Illustrated Children's Books
New York Times Book Review: Notable children's books
NPR: Speculative fiction. Includes one YA book.
Omaha World-Herald holiday books
Orbis Pictus Award (nonfiction), sponsored by National Council of Teachers of English
Oregon Book Awards finalists (awards include categories for books for kids & teens)
Ottawa Citizen. List includes books for children. (Canada)
Purple Dragonfly Book Awards (list includes older titles, too)
Quill and Quire (Canada)
Read Alert (Australia)
The Record (of Troy, Michigan). Holiday books by local authors and others.
Riverrun Bookstore (Portsmouth, NH). Includes some kids' books.
R.J. Julia (Madison, CT, bookstore)
Romantic Times. YA nominees at the end of a long list.
Royal Mail Scottish Children's Book Award shortlist
Salon: Graphic novels. Mostly for adults but a couple of kids' books on there.
Scottish Children's Book Award. See Royal Mail Scottish Children's Book Award.
Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. Including a YA category. (Australia)
Skipping Stones Honor Award. Includes some books from 2009.
Spur Awards, sponsored by the Western Writers of America. Scroll down on a larger list for the children's book honors.
Sydney Taylor Book Awards, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries
The Takeaway (radio show). List includes a book for kids.
Teens' Top Ten. Books voted on by teenagers, in a contest sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)
Toronto Book Award (includes a book for children on the shortlist)
Toronto Public Library: First and Best (for kids under 5)
Toronto Star: Parent Central.ca: Best children's books based in Toronto
Vancouver Sun. Top ten list of Canadian books includes one for teens. (Canada)
Washington Post (warning: contains ad with audio)
Writers League of Texas Book Award finalists (larger list with a children's/YA category)
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, is a division of ALA, the American Library Association.)
Zooglobble. Best kids' music, not books. Hey, we needed a Z!
THE BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2010. Copyright © by Susan Thomsen, 2010. All rights reserved.
Many thanks to the following blogs and web sites for sharing lists and announcements of prizes and awards: Largehearted Boy, A Fuse #8 Production, Anabel's Children's Literature Blog, Inside a Dog, the Cooperative Children's Book Center, Science Fiction Awards Watch, MangaBlog, SCC English (the English Dept. at St. Columba's College, Ireland) and Kids Lit. Also incredibly helpful are Twitter and all the book people there.