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Shelf Awareness 2018 Best Children and Teen Books







Shelf Awareness has just released their Best Children and Teen Books of the Year list!  Read on to see all the amazing books they selected. The books were divided into the following categories by Shelf Awareness:


Picture Books

  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Candlewick)
  • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales (Neal Porter/Holiday House)
  • The Field by Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara (NorthSouth Books)
  • Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow,‎ illus. by Ebony Glenn (Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)


Middle Grade Books

  • They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles (Cinco Puntos Press)
  • 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling (Sterling Children’s Books)
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (Dial)
  • The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon (Wendy Lamb/Random House)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (First Second/Macmillan)

Teen Books

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (Wednesday Books/Macmillan)
  • Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson (Scholastic)


Read more about these titles on Shelf Awareness’ website here.

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