End-of-year book lists from professional library journals, newspapers, and websites are starting to come in, as well as a growing number of book award announcements from professional organizations. In this pinned feature post we will be compiling links to these award winners and best-of lists as they are announced, so check back often. We will also be curating Best of 2018 books in Sora, Granite’s digital library.

Best of 2018 Lists – Professional Journals

Kirkus Reviews – The Best Books of 2018

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s and YA Books 2018

School Library Journal – Best Books 2018

SLJ 2018 Best Books – categories include Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Nonfiction, YA, Poetry, Graphic Novels, Adult Books for Teens, Audiobooks, and Music

Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Book Awards and Professional Organizations

2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Winner – The Poet X, written by Elizabeth Acevedo

[Visit the official site to see the finalists and long list for this award: https://www.nationalbook.org/awards-prizes/national-book-awards-2018/?cat=ypl]

2019 NCTE Children’s Book Awards

Orbis Pictus Award Winner – Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery, written by Sandra Neil Wallace and Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Charlotte Huck Award Winner – Sweep: the Story of a Girl and Her Monster, written by Jonathan Auxier

2019 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 – National Science Teachers Association

Annual list created by the National Science Teachers Association. More info here: https://www.nsta.org/publications/ostb/

2019 ALA Youth Media Awards

[Winners announced on January 28, 2019. Details: http://www.ilovelibraries.org/booklovers/youth-media-awards]

Best of 2018 Lists – Newspapers, Websites, &c.

The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Image from Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, one of the 2018 NYT/NYPL Best Illustrated Children’s Books

NPR’s Book Concierge – Guide to 2018’s Great Reads

NPR’s Book Concierge – Screenshot | Kid’s Books Filter | Young Adult Filter

Granite Media – 2017-2018 Top Circulating Library Titles in Granite School District

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Interactive charts feature titles with the top circulations in Granite School District during the 2017-2018 school year.

We also feature our Best New Books review categories. Any book given at least 4 out of 5 stars by one of our student, teacher, or library staff reviewers is added to these lists:

Did you read a great book in 2018 that you think should be in our website’s best of lists? Why not submit a review?

Know of any other “best-of” book lists or awards we should include in this post? Let us know in the comments section below or @ us on twitter.

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