The Best Children's Books of 2014: A List of Lists and Awards
November 30, 2014
A roundup of the year-end "best of" lists and children's literature prizes. Most of the books on these lists were published in 2014; a few lists include titles from prior years, too. I will update this page regularly, so if you see something not mentioned here, give me a holler in the comments or on Twitter @Susan_Thomsen. Comments are open but moderated, due to spam woes.
See also the lists for 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.
©Susan Thomsen, 2014.
The blog Largehearted Boy maintains a huge list of all the online "best books" lists. The English department at St. Columba's College, Dublin, keeps a good annotated list of book lists. Also, Confessions of a Science Librarian collects lists of best science books (for adults). Don't miss librarian Travis Jonker's smart and funny "Children's Literature 2014: The Year in Miscellanea," at School Library Journal's 100 Scope Notes blog. Holiday shoppers will want to peruse the great suggestions at MotherReader's list of "150 Ways to Give a Book." Betsy Bird, of the New York Public Library, makes her Caldecott and Newbery predictions at another School Library Journal blog, A Fuse #8 Production.
100 Scope Notes (School Library Journal blog). Top 20.
AAAS Science Books & Film. Gift guide. (AAAS = American Association for the Advancement of Science)
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
Air & Space Magazine (Smithsonian). Aviation- and space-themed books.
Alex Award, for adult books with teen appeal (PDF)
American Booksellers Association
American Indians in Children's Literature
Arab American Book Award. Several categories, including books for children.
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