Looking for some good children’s books to give as gifts or to find at the public library? There’s a lot more than just the latest entry in the Wimpy Kid series. Here are some lists of top literature picks for young readers that were published this year.
The Chicago Public Library has multiple lists of best books for adults, teens, and children. Lists are further divided into fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, board books, picture books, and more. There are links to watch or listen to library staff talk about the recommendations.
For the youngest readers — or those still learning to put words together — here’s a list of 17 Picture Books Not to Be Missed in 2017 from ReadBrightly.com. These books, published throughout the year, cover such subjects as animals, puppets, integration in sports, and big machinery at construction sites. There’s even a picture book by author R.J. Palacio who uses the lessons of Auggie Pullman and his friends from her book Wonder to teach children about empathy and kindness.
Parents Magazine consulted children’s librarians — as well as parent and kid readers — to come up with its list of Parents’ 10 Best Children’s Books of 2017. The books range from a picture book of a lion taking a bath to beginning chapter books to reads for middle schoolers.
The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, issued its own list of Notable Children’s Books for 2017. These are books that the group determined were of “especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.” The long list is divided into books for younger, middle and older readers.
Common Sense Media has its own list of New Children’s Books for 2017, along with a starred rating system. The list of books, for youngsters ranging from 2 to 12, is updated weekly, with the newest books at the top, and is searchable by age.
Several newspapers developed their own lists. The Washington Post has an interview with Wonder author Palacio in which she describes some of her favorite new fiction and nonfiction books for children. The Guardian’s list has books for ages from zero to teenage readers. The New York Times also has its annual list of Notable Children’s Books of 2017.
Finally, from reviews of the roughly 1,900 children’s books put out this year, Publisher’s Weekly has its own list of what it considers the Best Children’s and YA Books published in 2017, from picture books to graphic novels to poetry, all searchable by age.
Any of these books will give young readers plenty to do over winter break.