Curated Best Children’s Book Lists of 2018!
Suppose we did our work
Like the snow, quietly, quietly,
Leaving nothing out.
-Wendell Berry, Leavings, 2009
During this period of long nights, short days, and cold frosts in the Northern Hemisphere, we share some of our favorite year-end lists of best books for children. Perhaps these books will help personalize a holiday gift selection. Perhaps these books will guide you towards a new classroom library purchase. Perhaps, one of these books will be just the book that you need to curl up with during a quiet winter evening.
We’ll see you back here on Monday, January 7th with a regular posting. Until then, we hope that you have a peaceful and joyous holiday season. Thank you for all that you do in the reading lives of children.
Mary Ann, Katie, Grace, and Erika
Best of 2018
Please click on each title for the full list.
A Fuse #8 31 Days of 31 Lists (12/17/18 post)
If you’re a regular SLJ Blog Roll reader, you also know that Betsy Bird is doing another “31 Days, 31 Lists” round-up of the best children’s books of 2018 on her FUSE 8 Blog. You can find the full list here; Betsy makes the links active once the blogs are posted.
100 Scope Notes – Best 20 Books of 2018 (Starting Monday, 12/17/18)
NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, 2019`
NCTE’s Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children 2019
International Literacy Association Notable Books for a Global Society
The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books 2008
American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Books of 2018
New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Books 2018
New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2018
Kirkus Reviews: Best Middle Grade Books of 2018
Kirkus Reviews: Best Picture Books of 2018
School Library Journal: Best Picture Books of 2018
School Library Journal: Best Chapter Books of 2018
School Library Journal: Best Middle Grade Books of 2018
School Library Journal: Best Nonfiction of 2018
School Library Journal: Best Graphic Novels of 2018
School Library Journal: Best Poetry of 2018
School Library Journal Top Ten Audio Books 2018
Booklist, Editor’s Choice: Books for Youth, 2018
Booklist, Editor’s Choice: Best Audio for Youth, 2018
Publisher’s Weekly: Best Picture Books of 2018
Publisher’s Weekly: Best Middle Grade Books of 2018
NSTA: Outstanding Science Trade Books K-12 for 2018
Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Picture Books 2018
Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade and Children’s Books 2018
The Washington Post Best Children’s Books of 2018
Filed under: Best of Lists, Book Lists
About Mary Ann Cappiello
Mary Ann is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former public school language arts and humanities teacher, she is a passionate advocate for and commentator on children’s books. Mary Ann is the co-author of Teaching with Text Sets (2013) and Teaching to Complexity (2015) and Text Sets in Action: Pathways Through Content Area Literacy (Stenhouse, 2021). She has been a guest on public radio and a consultant to public television. From 2015-2018, Mary Ann was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English's Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction (K-8) Committee, serving two years as chair.
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