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Chicken Spaghetti's Best Kids' Books 2013: A List of Lists and Awards

6a00d834516d9569e200e550070a188834-150wiYippee! It's "best books of the year" season. Once again I'll be gathering the online lists of best kids' books right here. The Chicken Spaghetti compilation features books published in 2013, no matter when the list or awards are announced. Readers can expect to see this post amended many times, especially over the next few months.

Looking for older titles? Since this blog has been around a while, you'll find more Chicken Spaghetti lists at the following links: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Don't miss Largehearted Boy's amazing annual roundup of all the best-book lists.

And please do give me a holler if you see any I've overlooked, via Susan_Thomsen on Twitter or c_spaghetti AT yahoo DOT com.


AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books: Finalists and winners

Air & Space magazine/Smithsonian: Aviation- and space-themed children's books

Alex Awards

Amazon: Ages 0-2 (board books)
Amazon: Ages 3-5
Amazon: Ages 6-8
Amazon: Ages 9-12
Amazon: Editors' picks, including teen and young adults

Amelia Bloomer Project (feminist books for children)

American Indian Youth Literature Award

Arthur Ellis Awards. Presented by the Crime Writers of Canada, prizes include a children's/YA category.

Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Awards

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC): Tween Recommended Reads (PDF file; books from 2012 and 2013)

Band of Thebes. 92 writers recommend best LGBT books of the year, including a couple of YA titles. (Some older books on this list, too.)

Bank Street Children's Book Committee Awards

Bank Street College: Best Children's Books

Barnes and Noble

Batchelder Award (for books in translation)

Bellingham (WA) Herald

Belmont (MA) Public Library Children's Room

Blue Peter Book Awards shortlist (UK)

Boing Boing Gift Guide: Books (some YA and kids' titles in a longer list)

Book Diaries: Picture books

Bookie Woogie

Booklist: Arts
Booklist: Audiobooks
Booklist: Black history
Booklist: Crafts and gardening
Booklist: Religion and spirituality
Booklist: Science and health
Booklist: Sports


Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Titles from 2013 and 2014.

Brain Pickings

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Annual gift guide (PDF) includes 2013 titles and older books. Also, Blue Ribbons (best-of-the-year books).

BuzzFeed Books


Caldecott Medal

Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video

Carnegie Medal nominations (UK)

CBCA [Children's Book Council of Australia] Tasmania Blog

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature . Via CBC (Children's Book Council) Diversity

Charlotte Zolotow Award. Honors picture-book text. (PDF file)

Chicago Tribune: Books as gifts

Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (Cybils). Finalists and winners.

Children's Book Council of Australia: . Book of the Year. Shortlists, notables, and winners.

Children's Book Review: Board books
Children's Book Review: Elementary and Middle Grade
Children's Book Review: Picture books
Children's Book Review: Series books
Children's Book Review: Young adult novels

Christchurch City Libraries: Best covers of New Zealand books, including a few kids' titles (New Zealand)

Christchurch Kids Blog (New Zealand)

Christian Science Monitor: "New" picture books

Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

Cool Mom Picks: Another list of lists!

Coretta Scott King Awards

Costa Book Awards: Shortlists (scroll down on a PDF list for the children's book category) UK

EarlyWord: Best Preschool and Family Books to Give to Kids You Don't Know Very Well

Edgar Awards. Honoring mysteries; categories include juvenile and YA.

Edmonton Journal (Canada)

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Financial Times (Children's and YA books are toward the end.) UK

Flowering Minds: Picture books

A Fuse #8 Production, at School Library Journal: 100 Magnificent Children's Books 

Geisel Award

Globe and Mail (Canada)

Golden Kite Awards, sponsored by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Goodreads Choice Award: Graphic novels and comics (adult titles on this list, too)
Goodreads Choice Award: Middle Grade and Children's
Goodreads Choice Award: Picture books
Goodreads Choice Award: Young adult
Goodreads Choice Award: Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

Governor General's Literary Awards. A number of categories, including some for children's books in French. (Canada)

Growing Good Kids Book Award, presented by the American Horticultural Society and the Junior Master Gardener program for ecology-themed books

Gransnet (UK)

Greenaway Medal nominations (UK)

Guardian (UK)

Horn Book: Fanfare

Huffington Post: Picture books
Huffington Post: Halloween books

Hudson Booksellers. Scroll down for the children's books.

Imagination Soup (gift books)

Independent (UK)

Indigo Books (Canada)

Inky Awards: Winners and shortlist (Australia)

International Reading Association (IRA)/Reading Today Online blog: Picture books

Iowa Public Radio

Irish Independent (See also Sarah Webb for an expanded version of this list.) Ireland

January Magazine (Canada)

Kirkus Reviews: Children and teens

KPCC public radio, Take Two

L.A. Times Book Prize finalists. A number of categories, including YA.

Lambda Literary Awards. Including a children's/YA category.

Latinas for Latino Literature

Los Angeles Public Library

Metro UK

Metro US: John Green's favorite 2013 YA novels, also James Dashner's favorites

Mingling with Words

Morris Debut YA Award

National Book Award for Young People's Literature Scroll down on page.

National Outdoor Book Awards. Including a children's book category.

National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Awards

National Science Teachers Association: Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Nerdy Book Club

New Statesman: Critic Amanda Craig's picks (UK)

New York Public Library: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (PDF), also in an interactive list
New York Public Library: Graphic novels

New York Times: Best Illustrated Children's Books
New York Times: Notable Children's Books

New Zealand Listener (NZ)

Newbery Medal

Nonfiction Detectives: Nonfiction


NPR: Comics and graphic novels (titles for adults on this list, too)
NPR: Kids
NPR: Young adult

Odyssey Award (audiobooks)

Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Parents Magazine

Printz Award

Publishers Weekly: Children's fiction 
Publishers Weekly: Children's nonfiction
Publishers Weekly: Children's picture books

Pura Belpré Awards

Quill and Quire (Canada)

Rainbow Project: GLBTQ books for children and teens

Reading Rockets: Books as gifts (PDF file)

Readings (bookstore): Junior & middle fiction (Australia)
Readings (bookstore): Picture books (Australia) 
Readings (bookstore): Young adult novels (Australia)



Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Finalists for award honoring science books. (UK)

San Francisco Chronicle

Sarah Webb (Ireland)

Schneider Family Book Award

School Library Journal: Adult Books 4 Teens
School Library Journal: Audiobooks
School Library Journal: Fiction
School Library Journal: Nonfiction
School Library Journal: Picture Books

School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic novels (chosen by the Good Comics for Kids bloggers) and Latino-themed books

Sibert Informational Book Medal

Sidney Taylor Book Awards, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries (PDF file)

Slate: Dan Kois' favorite books (list includes titles for grown-ups and kids)
Slate: Science books for kids

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: YA Romance

Society of Illustrators: Best children's book art

Stonewall Book Awards

Tablet: Jewish books for kids and teens

Telegraph: Older children (UK)
Telegraph: Young children (UK)

TimeOut London (UK)

TimeOut New York Kids: Pop-up books

Tomas Rivera Children's Book Award. Honors books about the Mexican-American experience.

Toronto Public Library: Best books for children under 5 (Canada)

Washington Post
Washington Post: New science books

Wall Street Journal: Gift books

WAMU/Kojo Nnamdi Show

What Do We Do All Day? Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Words Without Borders: Holiday Reading List (2013 books in translation and older titles; a few kids books on the list)

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association): Amazing Audiobooks nominations and Top Ten
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
YALSA: Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) nominations and final list
YALSA: Morris Award finalists 


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