A roundup of the year-end "best of" lists and children's literature prizes. Except where noted, the books on these lists were published in 2011. This page will be updated regularly.
Thank you to Largehearted Boy for keeping track of all the 2011 online book lists; his work has been a huge help to compiling the list here.
See also The Best Children's Books 2010.
©Susan Thomsen, 2011.
AAAS/Suburu Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science Books winners
About.com: Manga gift guide (some, not all, titles for kids)
Amanda Craig (UK book critic)
Amazon: Top 100. List includes a few children's/teen books.
Amazon.co.uk: Year's best in many categories, including children's and teens.
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists
American Booksellers Association: New Voices list (PDF file). Debut authors of middle-grade and teen books.
Awful Library Books. Titles not published in 2011 but hilarious, nonetheless.
Audible.com (kids' and teens' audiobooks)
Bibliocommons (New York Public Library): Picture book read-alouds
Boater Life Online: Boat and Water Theme Books. List of old & new titles.
BoingBoing Gift Guide. Includes quite a few children's/YA books.
Booklist: Top of the List selections for best books of the year in a number of categories.
Boston Globe: Best children's books
Boston Globe: Children's books to give as gifts
Brain Pickings: History books (includes a children's title)
Brain Pickings: Photography books (includes a children's title)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books: Holiday Gift Guide (books from 2011 and the last couple of years; PDF file)
Canadian Children's Book Centre. Click on "Great Reads for the Holidays" in left-hand column on home page. See also winners of and finalists for 2012 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards; the books are from 2011.
Canadian Parents.com: Best food comics for kids. Older & new books.
Carnegie Medal (US)
Charlotte Zolotow Award (for picture book text)
Children's Literature Network.Snip Snap Snute blog: Best folktales.
A Child Grows in Brooklyn. Holiday books.
The Comics Reporter: Holiday Gift Guide (some, not all, titles for kids)
Cook Prize finalists for picture books on science, engineering, technology, or math (Bank Street College of Education)
Cryptomundo: Cryptozoology books, including at least one for children.
Dog Writers Association of America awards. Scroll down on list for children's book nominees.
Drawn Blog: John Martz's list includes some children's books
Edgar Awards. Presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Nominees and winners in many categories, including YA and Juvenile.
Florida Publishers Association President's Book Awards. Including some children's categories. Books from this year and last few years.
A Fuse #8 Production: "100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2011", plus board books (School Library Journal blog)
GeekMom Holiday Gift Guide: books, mostly from 2011, for children and grown-ups
Globe and Mail gift guide (Canada)
Golden Kite Awards, sponsored by the Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
"Growing Good Kids" awards for environmental and gardening books
Guardian: "Books of the year" chosen by well-known authors. List includes some children's books.
Guelph Mercury (Canada)
Hockey Book Reviews.com (Scroll down on list for kids' books about hockey.)
Horn Book Fanfare (best books of the year)
Horn Book: Holiday High Notes (winter-holiday books)
Horn Book: "Mind the Gap" Awards (books that should have received more attention)
Hyphen Magazine (notable Asian American books, including one for teens)
International Reading Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group: Notable Books for a Global Society
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist (includes some teen books) Ireland
Indies Choice Book Awards (for children's & adult books)
Indigo Kids Blog: Picture books (Canada)
Irish Independent: Young adults (Ireland)
Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award finalists for best picture book (Bank Street College of Education)
January Magazine (Canada)
Juneau Empire: Notable Alaska books, including several for children
Kansas City Star. List includes a couple of books for kids and teens.
Largehearted Boy. The list of lists for a huge range of books for all ages. An excellent resource.
Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominees. Includes a category for YA books.
Mesquite (Ariz.) Local News.com: Gift books.
MTV Geek: Manga Holiday Gift Guide (some, not all, books for kids)
NAACP Image Awards for literature, including a couple of children's book categories
National Jewish Book Awards (including several categories for children's books)
National Outdoor Book Awards (including a category for children's books)
National Post. List includes a few kids/YA books. (Canada)
Nebula Award nominees. Sponsored by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, these include a young adult book category.
New York Public Library: Early chapter books
New York Public Library: Folk & fairy tales
New York Public Library: Graphic novels
New York Public Library: Nonfiction
New York Public Library: Picture books
New York Public Library: Poetry
National Science Teachers Association. Under O, for Outstanding Science Trade Books.
New York Times, Gadgetwise blog. Best children's books on the iPad (from March 2011)
New Zealand Listener. Full text available Dec. 12, 2011.
Nigerian Prize for Literature shortlist (prize honors children's books in 2011)
Nonfiction Detectives (children's nonfiction)
Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts, from the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
NPR: Booksellers' picks (a few children's books on the list)
NPR: Gift books (several children's books on longer list)
NPR: Nancy Pearl's picks (including a children's title)
NPR: Science fiction and fantasy (adult & YA titles)
Okazu. Manga gift guide.
On Point (WBUR radio show). Two children's books mentioned.
100 Scope Notes (posting a Top 20 list five at a time)
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, presented by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Paste Magazine: Best Comics (including a couple of kids/YA titles)
Quincy (MA) Patriot Ledger. Books for adults & children.
Readerbuzz: Picture books
School Library Journal: Audiobooks.
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction (link via the Horn Book)
Scottish Children's Book Trust Awards: Shortlist
Seattle Times: Gift books (for kids) by Washington authors
Smithsonian.com: Just One More Story blog: "For the Very Youngest Readers"
Smithsonian.com: Just One More Story blog: picture books
Smithsonian.com: Surprising Science blog's Ten Great Science Books for Kids
Society of Illustrators award for original art in "the fine art of children's book illustration"
Spacing Toronto: Great children's books that feature cities (not all of these are from 2011, but a good list, nonetheless) Canada
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand)
Sydney Taylor Book Awards, honoring Jewish books for children and teens
Telegraph: Adventure (UK)
Telegraph: Humour (UK)
Telegraph: Real life (UK)
Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award (for books published in 2009-10)
Vampire Book Club.net Mostly titles for adults, but a few YA books.
Vanity Fair: "Best books you haven't read" (list includes a YA title)
VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List (NF for teens) You'll need to scroll through a PDF file.
Wall Street Journal. List includes some 2010 titles.
Washington State Book Awards. Longer list includes a category for kids' books. Via the Seattle Times.
William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalists
Zooglobble: Fids & Kamily Awards (for children's music. Not books, but still fun!)