Monday, December 30, 2013

Best Children's Books of 2013: Roundup of Reviewers' Choices

Book lovers, it's time to discover marvelous new books, meet unforgettable characters and amazing authors. The year 2013 brought many literary treasures. I'll kick off the new year with a roundup of top book review publications' lists of the best children's fiction and picture books of 2013. Among the many book choices, you'll meet well-known authors like Kate DiCamillo, Lemony Snicket, Patricia MacLachlan, and Jack Gantos and debut authors such as Tim Federle and Carrie Mesrobian.

You can get a quick look at many tantalizing books by checking out these lists:

2013 National Book Award Winners

Young People's Literature

Publishers Weekly

 PW's Best Children's Books of 2013

The Horn Book

Horn Book Fanfare: Our Choices for the Best Books of the Year

The New York Times

Notable Children's Books of 2013

School Library Journal

SLJ Best Books 2013 Fiction

SLJ Best Books 2013 Picture Books


Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2013


Best Children's Books of 2013

I'm including Betsy Bird's blog because I appreciate that it also mentions folktales and fairy tales, poetry
and graphic novels.

Elizabeth Bird's Blog

100 Magnificent Children's Books 2013

I'm certain many other wonderful books weren't selected and I'd like to hear about them. Do you have any favorite books from last year? If you do, please share your picks in the comments section below.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2014 with lots of happy reading time! I'm looking forward to seeing what books 2014 will bring. And I send wishes for happy publications coming true for new and aspiring writers and courage and contentment to all writers endeavoring to find the write words.

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  1. I loved Flora and Ulysses! My fav MG of the year for sure.

  2. Thanks for the post! Part of me doesn't like lists, simply because there are so many talented writers who didn't make the cut. But another part of me LOVES these things – it simplifies the search for putting good books into kids' hands! Thanks for compiling. With all the bookstore gift cards we received this Christmas, we need to print a few of these out and go shopping!

  3. Wow. So many lists, so many books. I guess my favorites from 2013 were -- Picture book - Have You Seen My New Blue Socks, MG -- Sure Signs of Crazy, YA - Rose Under Fire. What the lists told me were how many I missed!