It is that exciting time of year again, the release of lists touting the best books of the year. If you are like me, you get a little excited each time a new list pops up and rush off to make sure your collection contains a large number of these books. Next, you feverishly add books to your personal reading list and start to wonder why it is you never have enough time to read all the books you want. Have I left you salivating long enough? On to the lists!
Publisher's Weekly puts out a ton of lists including the year's best picture books, children's fiction, and children's nonfiction. Head over to Kirkus for the best books for children and teens. Hornbook has put together a short list of their fanfare for 2012. In addition to their list of notable books, The New York Times has also published a list of notable children's books. The New York Public Library has produced their annual list of children's books for reading and sharing. NPR also has a slew of lists including "backseat" reads for 9-14 year-olds and graphic novels that have flown under the radar this year. In addition to their best books list, School Library Journal has put out a list of the top graphic novels from 2012.
Looking at these lists and wondering when you will have the time to go through each one? Check out Early Word's compilation spreadsheet that combines the best of the best for you. If I left out a favorite list of yours (inevitably I will forget the most obvious), add it in the comments!
Now, time to get reading...