A year full of challenges and transformations within the book industry has nonetheless failed to hold back the lists of superlative books for young readers. Here we round up the best of the Best-Ofs.
Curated from PW’s reviews of children’s and YA books published in 2021, these were our selections for the top 50 books of the year for readers of all ages.
The Times selected a bevy of best books across picture books, middle grade, and YA for its “25 Best Children’s Books of 2021.”
SLJ shared its top books of 2021, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, and graphic novels.
The editors of Booklist presented their selections for exceptional children and young adults across genres.
A list of the picture book, fiction, and nonfiction that Horn Book editors and reviewers have deemed the best of 2021.
Kirkus editors’ picks for the year’s best picture books.
Kirkus’s selection of top middle grade books published this year.
The year’s best books for teens, chosen by Kirkus.
The year’s best board books for toddlers, chosen by Kirkus.
Author-illustrator Raúl the Third and Washington Post reviewers shared their favorite middle grade, nonfiction, and picture books of the year.
Children’s reviewer Meghan Cox Gurdon presented her selection of best children’s books of 2021.
Outstanding titles, as selected by the Boston Globe.
Time’s 10 best YA, middle grade, and children’s books of 2021.
NYPL’s librarians selected the best 145 books of 2021 for kids.
NYPL’s librarians shared their top 50 books for teens this year.
CPL’s best of the best in children’s and teen books.
The children’s book committee at Bank Street College of Education compiled more than 600 titles for its year-end lists, organized by age range.
This list of outstanding diverse books was curated by Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, Dr. Sujin Huggins, Dr. Naomi Caldwell, and Patricia Miranda.
AICL revealed its selections for the best books for young readers by Native and First Nations writers and illustrators.
This year’s favorites from the editors and producers of NPR in the Book Concierge.
A compilation of the best picture books, middle grade, and YA novels.
Selections from the Canadian magazine’s editors.
Rounding up the U.K.’s best children’s fiction this year.
The year’s best books in 20 categories, as voted on by Goodreads users.
Amazon editors picked the top 20 books of the year for readers of all ages, and the top 20 in each category.
B&N named its best books of 2020 for adults, teens, and kids.
The award made its comeback after skipping last year due to Covid-19.
Parents named its top 30 children’s books of 2021, selected by the magazine’s editorial team.
Parents’ editors presented their top 10 teen reads.
Travis Jonker shared his list of best children’s books of the year.
Book Riot assembled its guide to the must-reads of 2021.
Picks for the best middle grade and children’s books of 2021.
Standout YA picks of the year.
Their top 10 children’s books of the year.
The best books of the year according to Amazon, including titles for teens and adults.
A list of best young adult science fiction, fantasy, and horror books published in 2021.
The Brightly editors revealed their top picks for toddlers ages up to three, kids ages three to five, younger readers ages six to eight, tweens, and teens in five specially curated lists.