SLJ Best Books 2019

School Library Journal has named their best books of 2019. The 92 books are broken into six categories: picture books, transitional chapter books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction and graphic novels. You can also download the list in a handy PDF format.

An Post Irish Book Award Winners

The winners of the An Post Irish Book Awards for 2019 have been announced. More than 115,000 votes were cast by the public to select the winners. Here are the winners in the youth categories:


Other Words for Smoke

Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin



Shooting For the Stars: My Journey to Become Ireland's First Astronaut

Shooting for the Stars: My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut by Norah Patten, illustrated by Jennifer Farley



123 Ireland!

123 Ireland! by Aoife Dooley

National Book Award Winner

The winners of the National Book Award have been announced. The award for young people’s literature went to a nonfiction title this year:

1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler who said at the award ceremony, “I’m particularly honored to be in the company of my four fellow nominees. I will tell you, as the elder statesman of that group, I am so confident in the state of young people’s literature.”

Blue Peter Book Awards 2020 Shortlists

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The shortlists for the 2020 Blue Peter Book Awards have been released. Given by the UK’s BookTrust, the books celebrate the best fiction and nonfiction reads of the year for children. Here are the shortlists:


Owen and the Soldier Vote for Effie

Owen and the Soldier by Lisa Thompson, illustrated by Mike Lowery

Vote for Effie by Laura Wood


Wildspark by Vashti Hardy



Fanatical about Frogs How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

Fanatical About Frogs by Owen Davey

How to Be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs by Dr. Sheila Kanani & Sol Linero

Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories

Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li, illustrated by Amy Blackwell


GoodReads Choice Awards 2019

The Goodreads Choice Awards opening round nominees have been announced. For those of us interested in books for youth, there are several categories to keep an eye on. Those are picture books, middle grade & children’s, young adult fiction, and young adult fantasy. Also make sure that you click through to see broader categories too like graphic novels which has several YA titles and poetry too.

Enjoy voting!


2019 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

The New York Times and New York Public Library have announced their picks for the best illustrated books of the year. The winners are selected solely based on artistic merit. The New York Times also has a slide show of the winning artist’s at work. Here are the books on the list:

Another The Boring Book: (Childrens Book about Boredom, Funny Kids Picture Book, Early Elementary School Story Book)

Another by Christian Robinson

The Boring Book by Shinsuke Yoshitake

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Child of Glass by Beatrice Alemagna

The Farmer by Ximo Abadia

I Miss My Grandpa Just Because

I Miss My Grandpa by Jin Xiaojing

Just Because by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

The Lost Cousins A Million Dots

The Lost Cousins by B.B. Cronin

A Million Dots by Sven Volker

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Monkey on the Run by Leo Timmers

Small in the City by Sydney Smith




Publisher’s Weekly Best Teen Books of 2019

Publisher’s Weekly publishes a list of the best books every year. Here are their picks for the best teen reads of 2019:

Angel Mage The Downstairs Girl

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Gravity Kiss Number 8

Gravity by Sarah Deming

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Ellen T. Crenshaw

The Last True Poets of the Sea Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Ordinary Girls Out of Salem

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh

Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

Patron Saints of Nothing Pet

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Shout Slay

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Slay by Brittney Morris

Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia by Marc Favreau

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

The Waning Age We Rule the Night

The Waning Age by S.E. Grove

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher’s Weekly Best Middle Grade Books of 2019

Publisher’s Weekly has released their picks for the best books of the year. They do three lists for books for children and teens. Here are the middle grade books that made the list:

All the Greys on Greene Street Dream Within a Dream

All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Dream Within a Dream by Patricia MacLachlan

The Line Tender Look Both Ways

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

The Lost Girl My Jasper June

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder

New Kid The Next Great Paulie Fink

New Kid by Jerry Craft

The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin

Other Words for Home Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

Queen of the Sea Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi, #1)

Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

The Strangers (Greystone Secrets, #1) This Was Our Pact

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1)

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia


2019 Governor General’s Literary Awards

The winners of the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Awards have been announced. The Canadian awards are given for both English-language and French-language books and include awards for both children’s and adult books. Here are the two books that won in the children’s categories:


Stand on the Sky

Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow



Small in the City

Small in the City by Sydney Smith