As the year draws to a close, the critics, reviewers, and awards committees have been rolling out their roundups of the year’s favorites. We’ve gathered a list of the more prominent best-of-the-year lists for children’s and YA books published in 2014.
Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2015: Curated from the thousands of books published this year are our picks for the year’s best books for all ages, from infant to teen.
The 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature: This year’s medalist was Neal Shusterman.
The New York Times’s Notable Children’s Books of 2015: Selected by the children’s books editor of the New York Times.
The New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award for 2015: Every year the Times gathers an independent panel of judges to select a list of 10 picture books based on artistic merit.
The Horn Book’s Fanfare: Every year the editors of the Horn Book select their picks for the best children’s and young adult books of the year.
School Library Journal: The SLJ review editors selected their picks for the year’s best titles across books, apps, audiobooks and more.
Goodreads Choice Awards 2015: Goodreads users vote annually on their favorite books of the year, and this year they cast a total of 3,007,748 votes.
The Guardian’s best children’s books of 2015: Selected annually from books published in the U.K. by the Guardian’s children’s book editor.
Quill and Quire's 2015 kids' books of the year. Selected by the books for young people's editor of the Canadian magazine.
Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year: Selected by the children’s book committee at Bank Street College of Education.
The Washington Post’s best children’s books of 2015: The Post’s reviewers share their picks in fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.
Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2015: Amazon editors select their top picks in categories for all ages.
BookPage: Best Children’s and Teen Books 2015: The BookPage staff selects 10 favorite titles in three categories: picture books, middle grade, and YA.
2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalists: Since 2009 ALA has awarded what they deem the most impressive debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. This year’s five finalists were announced last week.
The YA Book Prize, recognizing YA books from the U.K.