As the year draws to a close, critics, reviewers, websites, and awards committees have been presenting 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 2017.
Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2017: Curated from reviews of nearly 2,000 children’s and young adult books published this year, these were our selections for the top 50 books of the year for readers of all ages and interests.
The 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature: This year’s medalist was Robin Benway for her novel Far From the Tree (HarperTeen).
The New York Times’s Notable Children’s Books of 2017: Selected by the children’s books editor of the New York Times.
The New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award for 2017: Every year, the Times gathers an independent panel of judges to select a list of the top 10 picture books based on artistic merit. This marked the first year the prize was issued jointly with the New York Public Library.
School Library Journal: The SLJ review editors’ top 2017 books, apps, audiobooks, and more.
Kirkus's Best of 2017: The year's best picture books, middle grade, and teen fiction and nonfiction, chosen by the Kirkus editors.
Booklist’s 2017 Top of the List: The editors share their picks in categories including youth picture book, youth fiction, and youth audio.
The Horn Book’s Fanfare: The editors of the Horn Book present their picks for the year’s best children’s and young adult books.
Time’s Top 10 Young Adult and Children’s Books of 2017: The editors of Time share their top reads of the year.
Goodreads Choice Awards 2017: Goodreads users vote annually on their favorite books of the year, in 20 categories.
The Guardian’s best children’s books of 2017: Selected annually from books published in the U.K. by the Guardian’s children’s book editor.
Quill and Quire’s 2017 kids’ and YA books of the year: Selected by the Canadian magazine’s books for young people’s editors.
The Washington Post’s best children’s books of 2017: The Post’s reviewers share their picks in fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.
Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year: Selected by the children’s book committee at Bank Street College of Education.
Barnes & Noble’s Best Young Adult Books of 2017: The B&N Teen Blog shares its picks for the year’s top 25 YA books.
Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2017: Amazon editors select their top picks in categories for all ages.
The Best Children’s Books of 2017, According to Kids: Brightly gathers the top-rated kids’ books on Bookopolis.
The Best YA Books of 2017, According to Teens: The top-rated books for teens on Bookopolis.
The Seven Loveliest Children’s Books of 2017: Brain Pickings shares its selections for the most “profound and poetic” children’s books published or republished in 2017.
BookPage’s Best Children’s and Teen Books 2017: The BookPage staff selects 10 favorite titles in three categories: picture books, middle grade, and YA.
A Mighty Girl’s 2017 Books of the Year: The year’s best books starring girls and women for readers of all ages.