Best Books of 2018

Update 1/29/2019: ALA Youth Media Award Winners Added

In this pinned feature post we compile links to 2018 children’s and young adult book award announcements, as well as “best-of” lists from professional library journals, newspapers, and other websites and organizations. We’re also curating a Best Books of 2018 Collection in Sora, Granite’s digital library.

Book Awards and Professional Organizations

2019 ALA Youth Media Awards

Winners of these awards were announced on January 28, 2019. Details and an archived recording of the presentation here:

Newbery Medal

The John Newbery Medal is awarded each year “to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

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2019 Newbery Medal Winner: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
2019 Newbery Honor Books: The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock and The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year “to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”

2019 Caldecott Medal Winner: Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
2019 Caldecott Honor Books: Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin, The Rough Patch by Brian Lies, and Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora

Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is given each year to “a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.”

2019 Printz Award Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
2019 Printz Honor Books: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold, A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti, and I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

Additional ALA Youth Media Awards

ALA sponsors numerous other awards for children’s and young adult literature that were also announced on January 28, 2019.

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:]

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:

Best of 2018 Lists – Professional Journals

Booklist – 2018 Editors’ Choice

Booklist 2018 ‘Top of the List’ Youth Titles – Cover Images


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

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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