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The bests

bestAs the year winds to a close, the “BEST OF” lists start popping up all over. I’ve gathered some of my favourite Best Of lists here in one spot, for those who love lists, who want to read the best in children’s books, or who might be looking for ideas for gifts for the young people in your life. Here we go!

First off, here’s my list of books I think have a shot at winning the Caldecott.

And my list of the BEST OF 2016. I’ve compiled this from lots of lists, including some of my own personal favourites. It includes picture books, non-fiction, and chapter books.

Jbrary compiles a list of storytime favourites each year. These are actually tested by librarians. And they give you tips about the books. This list ROCKS.

Here’s a list from the Center for Study of Multicutural Literature: their Best Books of 2016.

School Library Journal has a great list, divided in handy sections for the age group or type of book you are looking for.

Looking for holiday books? Horn Book has an annual “Holiday High Notes” to guide you.

And there’s also the Horn Book Fanfare, with their choices for the best books of 2016.

It is always fun to look at what the New York Times chooses as the Best Illustrated books of the year. Here’s the 2016 list.

My favourite new list is the Undies: Case Cover Awards. There are two places to see all the winners, here at 100 Scope Notes, and here at Design of the Picture Book.

And here’s a really nice booklist from ALSC, the Association for Library Services to Children — a booklist about Unity, Kindness, and Peace.

In-depth exploration of the Best of 2016 from Brain Pickings.

Ok, one more, just in: The Curious City Besties, featuring some books you many not know but should.

I’ll admit, I keep finding great lists. Here’s the Fuse 8 “31 Days 31 Lists” lists. So. Many. Lists!

All these lists should keep you busy for a while. What are YOUR favourite lists?

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