Chicken Spaghetti's Best Kids' Books 2013: A List of Lists and Awards
November 13, 2013
Yippee! 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
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
Batchelder Award (for books in translation)
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)
Booklist: Black history
Booklist: Crafts and gardening
Booklist: Religion and spirituality
Booklist: Science and health
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Titles from 2013 and 2014.
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).
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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
Cool Mom Picks: Another list of lists!
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)
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
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
Greenaway Medal nominations (UK)
Huffington Post: Picture books
Huffington Post: Halloween books
Hudson Booksellers. Scroll down for the children's books.
Imagination Soup (gift books)
Indigo Books (Canada)
Inky Awards: Winners and shortlist (Australia)
International Reading Association (IRA)/Reading Today Online blog: Picture books
Irish Independent (See also Sarah Webb for an expanded version of this list.) Ireland
January Magazine (Canada)
Kirkus Reviews: Children and teens
L.A. Times Book Prize finalists. A number of categories, including YA.
Lambda Literary Awards. Including a children's/YA category.
Metro US: John Green's favorite 2013 YA novels, also James Dashner's favorites
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
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)
Nonfiction Detectives: Nonfiction
NPR: Comics and graphic novels (titles for adults on this list, too)
NPR: Young adult
Odyssey Award (audiobooks)
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
Publishers Weekly: Children's fiction
Publishers Weekly: Children's nonfiction
Publishers Weekly: Children's picture books
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)
Sarah Webb (Ireland)
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
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: New science books
Wall Street Journal: Gift books
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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