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The Best Children’s Books of 2018 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

2018 Childrens Books List

“What are the Best Childrens and Kids Books of 2018?” We aggregated 25 year-end lists and ranked the 323 unique titles by how many times they appeared in an attempt to answer that very question!

 

There are thousands of year-end lists released every year and like we do in our weekly Best Book articles, we wanted to see which books appear the most. The top 30 books, all of which appeared on 3 or more “best Children’s” book lists, are ranked below with images, summaries, and links for more information or to purchase. The remaining 275+ books, as well as the top book lists are at the bottom of the page.

 

Make sure to take a look at our other Best of 2018 book lists:

You can also take a look at our Best Childrens books from last year as well as all the other Best 2017 articles!

 

Happy Scrolling!



Top 30 Childrens Books Of 2018



30 .) Be Prepared written by Vera Brosgol

 Be Prepared

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • NPR
  • Parents

A gripping and hilarious middle-grade summer camp memoir from the author of Anya’s Ghost. All Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there’s one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she’s found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the “cool girl” drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares! Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Cece Bell, and Victoria Jamieson, Vera Brosgol’s Be Prepared is a funny and relatable middle-grade graphic novel about navigating your own culture, struggling to belong, and the value of true friendship.



29 .) Do Not Lick This Book written by Iden Ben-Barak

 Do Not Lick This Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • NPR
  • Parents

Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you’d need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she’s never seen before—like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt. The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.



28 .) ​Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas written by Dav Pilkey

 ​Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Amazon
  • Phoenix Public Library

When a new bunch of baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action — and this time he isn’t alone. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue?



27 .) Front Desk written by Kelly Yang

 Front Desk

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • BookPage
  • NPR

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?



26 .) Hello Lighthouse written by Sophie Blackall

 Hello Lighthouse

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • Publishers Weekly

A new picture book that will transport readers to the seaside. Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.



25 .) I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness written by Kerascoet

 I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Brightly
  • Parents

Inspired by real events and told only in pictures, this is an empowering picture book from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team about one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. This simple yet powerful picture book tells the story of an elementary school girl named Vanessa who is bullied and a fellow student who witnesses the act and is at first unsure of how to help. I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.



24 .) Kitten and the Night Watchman written by John Sullivan, illus. by Taeeun Yoo

 Kitten and the Night Watchman

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • Publishers Weekly

A stray kitten changes the way the watchman sees nighttime in this tender book based on a true story, illustrated by Strictly No Elephants artist Taeeun Yoo. The night watchman hugs his wife and kids and drives to work. All night he is alone. Every hour he makes his rounds. He sees the stars twinkling. He hears the sounds of the night: ki-DEE ki-DEE ki-DEE shhhhheeeeeEEEERRRROOOOooooommmmmm Woof! Woof! Woof! Meeeoooow. When he is joined by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a new home? Kitten and the Night Watchman is inspired by the true story of author John Sullivan meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.



23 .) Mommy’s Khimar written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illus. by Ebony Glenn

 Mommy's Khimar

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • NPR
  • Shelf Awareness

A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother’s colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book from debut author and illustrator Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn. A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears. Before she walks out the door each day, she wraps one around her head. A young girl plays dress up with her mother’s headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with every one she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of the diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girl’s life.



22 .) Ocean Meets Sky written by Eric & Terry Fan

 Ocean Meets Sky

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Readings

Finn lives by the sea and the sea lives by him. Every time he looks out his window it’s a constant reminder of the stories his grandfather told him about the place where the ocean meets the sky. Where whales and jellyfish soar and birds and castles float.



21 .) Square written by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

 Square

Lists It Appears On:

  • Brightly
  • Fatherly
  • Readings

This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square’s friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really?



20 .) The Assassination Of Brangwain Spurge written by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

 The Assassination Of Brangwain Spurge

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • NPR

Subverting convention, award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pair up for an anarchic, outlandish, and deeply political saga of warring elf and goblin kingdoms. Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain’s host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them — and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwain’s furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfel’s determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story. A hilarious and biting social commentary that could only come from the likes of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin, this tale is rife with thrilling action and visual humor . . . and a comic disparity that suggests the ultimate victor in a war is perhaps not who won the battles, but who gets to write the history.



19 .) The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl written by Stacy McAnulty

 The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Parents
  • Phoenix Public Library

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn’t remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she’s technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test — middle school! Lucy’s grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that’s not a math textbook!). Lucy’s not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy’s life has already been solved. Unless there’s been a miscalculation? A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty’s smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different.



18 .) The Wall in the Middle of the Book written by Jon Agee

 The Wall in the Middle of the Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • Brightly
  • Publishers Weekly

A foolish knight is certain that his side of the wall is the safe side in this meta picture book. There’s a wall in the middle of the book, and our hero–a young knight–is sure that the wall protects his side of the book from the dangers of the other side–like an angry tiger and giant rhino, and worst of all, an ogre who would gobble him up in a second! But our knight doesn’t seem to notice the crocodile and growing sea of water that are emerging on his side. When he’s almost over his head and calling for help, who will come to his rescue? An individual who isn’t as dangerous as the knight thought–from a side of the book that might just have some positive things to offer after all!



17 .) A House that Once Was written by Lane Smith

 A House that Once Was

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • Brightly
  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books

Deep in the woods is a house just a house that once was but now isn’t a home. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go? Two children set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before.



16 .) ​Alma and How She Got Her Name written by Juana Martinez-Neal

 ​Alma and How She Got Her Name

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Brightly
  • Fatherly
  • Phoenix Public Library

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be. If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.



15 .) ​Harbor Me written by Jacqueline Woodson

 ​Harbor Me

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Boston Globe
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Powell’s

Jacqueline Woodson’s first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories. It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat—by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them—everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.



14 .) How to Code a Sandcastle written by Josh Funk and Sara Palacios

 How to Code a Sandcastle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Brightly
  • Fatherly
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Smithsonian

From the computer science nonprofit Girls Who Code comes this lively and funny story introducing kids to computer coding concepts. Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, need to build a sandcastle before summer vacation is over, and they’re going to do it using code. Pearl breaks the big we-need-a-sandcastle problem into smaller steps, then uses conditionals, loops, and other basic coding concepts to tell Pascal exactly what to do. But building a sandcastle isn’t as easy as it sounds when surfboards, mischievous dogs, and coding mishaps get in the way! Just when it looks like the sandcastle might never work, Pearl uses her coding skills to save the day and create something even better: a gorgeous sandcastle kingdom!



13 .) Love written by Mat de la Pena and Loren Long

 Love

Lists It Appears On:

  • Brightly
  • Fatherly
  • NPR
  • Phoenix Public Library

From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. “In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed and the sound of their voices is love. … A cab driver plays love softly on his radio while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city and everything smells new, and it smells like life.” In this heartfelt celebration of love, Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.



12 .) Thank You, Omu! written by Oge Mora

 Thank You, Omu!

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • Publishers Weekly

When the aroma of Omu’s homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.



11 .) The Parker Inheritance written by Varian Johnson

 The Parker Inheritance

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • NPR
  • Parents

The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It’s waiting for Candice Miller. When Candice finds the letter, she isn’t sure she should read it. It’s addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young woman named Siobhan Washington. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Grandma tried and failed. But now Candice has another chance. So with the help of Brandon Jones, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues in the letter. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert’s history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter’s promise before the summer ends?



10 .) The Season Of Styx Malone written by Kekla Magoon

 The Season Of Styx Malone

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • NPR
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Shelf Awareness

This lively and diverse middle-grade story from the award-winning author of How It Went Down has the warmth of a modern-day The Watsons go to Birmingham–1963. Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene have the whole summer for adventures in the woods behind their house in Sutton, Indiana. Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town, but his dad likes the family to stay close to home. Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. He’s been lots of different places. Styx promises Caleb and Bobby Gene that together, they can pull off the Great Escalator Trade–exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. It becomes clear that Styx has secrets–secrets so big they could ruin everything–and Caleb fears their whole plan might fall apart. In this madcap, heartwarming, one-thing-leads-to-another adventure, friendships are forged, loyalties are tested . . . and miracles just might be possible.



9 .) They Say Blue written by Jillian Tamaki

 They Say Blue

Lists It Appears On:

  • Brightly
  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • NPR
  • Readings

Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child’s point of view. They Say Blue follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn’t know — she hasn’t seen one. Stunningly beautiful illustrations flow from one spread to the next, as time passes and the imagination takes hold. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first picture book from a highly acclaimed artist.



8 .) A Big Mooncake for Little Star written by Grace Lin

 A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Shelf Awareness

A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin Pat, pat, pat… Little Star’s soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake. Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble? In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.



7 .) Drawn Together written by Minh Lee and Dan Santat

 Drawn Together

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Fatherly
  • NPR
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Smithsonian

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words. With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.



6 .) The Rabbit Listened written by Cori Doerrfield

 The Rabbit Listened

Lists It Appears On:

  • Brightly
  • Fatherly
  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Publishers Weekly

A universal, deeply moving exploration of grief and empathy With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, The Rabbit Listened is a tender meditation on loss. When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. Whether read in the wake of tragedy or as a primer for comforting others, this is a deeply moving and unforgettable story sure to soothe heartache of all sizes.



5 .) ​Louisiana’s Way Home written by Kate DiCamillo

 ​Louisiana's Way Home

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • NPR
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Powell’s

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be. When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.) Called “one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” by The New York Times Book Review, the heartbreakingly irresistible Louisiana Elefante was introduced to readers in Raymie Nightingale — and now, with humor and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.



4 .) The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Rafael López

 The Day You Begin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Brightly
  • Creative Bloq
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Powell’s
  • Publishers Weekly

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.



3 .) Dreamers written by Yuyi Morales

 Dreamers

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • NPR
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Shelf Awareness

Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in this picture-book tribute to the transformative power of hope . . . and reading. An instant New York Times bestseller! In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed. She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous new picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it. Dreamers is a celebration of what migrants bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless. The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book. A parallel Spanish-language edition, Soñadores, is also available.



2 .) We Don’t Eat Our Classmates written by Ryan T. Higgins​

 We Don't Eat Our Classmates

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Book Riot
  • Brightly
  • Fatherly
  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • NPR
  • Phoenix Public Library

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .



1 .) Julián Is A Mermaid written by Jessica Love

 Julián Is A Mermaid

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • BookPage
  • Boston Globe
  • Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
  • NPR
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Powell’s
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Readings
  • Shelf Awareness

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.




The 275+ Additional Best Kids Books Of 2018



#BooksAuthorsLists
31A Parade of ElephantsKevin HenkesBoston Globe
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
32A Stitch In TimeDaphne KalmarBookPage
NPR
33Akata WarriorNnedi OkoraforBook Riot
Children’s Africana Book Awards
34Amal UnboundAisha SaeedBook Riot
NPR
35Baby Monkey, Private Eye BookPage
Parents
36Be Kind Amazon
Creative Bloq
37Blood Water PaintJoy McCulloughBoston Globe
Shelf Awareness
38BlueLaura Vaccaro Seeger
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
NPR
39Carmela Full of WishesMatt de la Peña, illus. by Christian RobinsonBoston Globe
Publishers Weekly
40Dactyl Hill SquadDaniel Jose OlderBook Riot
NPR
41Darius the Great is Not Okay Boston Globe
Powell’s
42Don’t Blink!Amy Krause RosenthalBrightly
Fatherly
43El ChupacabrasAdam Rubin and Crash McCrearyFatherly
Smithsonian
44ElmoreHolly HobbieBrightly
Fatherly
45Everything You Need for a TreehouseCarter Higgins & Emily HughesNPR
Readings
46Fox & Chick: The Party and Other StoriesSergio RuzzierBoston Globe
Publishers Weekly
47Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space RaceMargot Lee ShetterlyBook Riot
Brightly
48How To Be A LionEd VereNPR
Phoenix Public Library
49Imagine!Raúl ColónBookPage
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
50IslandbornJunot DíazBrightly
Phoenix Public Library
51Knights vs. DinosaursMatt PhelanBook Riot
Boston Globe
52Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the WorldVashti HarrisonAmazon
Book Riot
53Mary Who Wrote FrankensteinLinda Bailey, illus. by Julia Sarda
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
Publishers Weekly
54Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow FlagRob SandersBook Riot
Brightly
55SadieCourtney SummersBoston Globe
Shelf Awareness
56Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster BookPage
Boston Globe
57Tess of the RoadRachel HartmanBook Riot
Boston Globe
58
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
 Amazon
Smithsonian
59The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer And The Plot To Kill HitlerJohn HendrixBookPage
NPR
60The FieldBaptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
Shelf Awareness
61The Night DiaryVeera HiranandaniNPR
Shelf Awareness
62The Patchwork BikeMaxine Beneba Clarke, illus. by Van Thanh Rudd
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
Publishers Weekly
63The Poet XElizabeth AcevedoBoston Globe
Shelf Awareness
64The Rough PatchBrian LiesBookPage
NPR
65The Truth as ToldMason ButtleBookPage
Phoenix Public Library
66The VisitorAntje DammBookPage
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
67The Word CollectorPeter H. ReynoldsFatherly
Smithsonian
68Up the Mountain PathMarianne DubucBoston Globe
Publishers Weekly
69Willa of the WoodRobert BeattyAmazon
Phoenix Public Library
70# Hockey (Check Please #1) Powell’s
7124 Hours in NowhereDusti BowlingShelf Awareness
72A Cat’s Guide to the Night Sky Powell’s
73
A Is for Artichoke: A Foodie Alphabet from Artichoke to Zest
 Smithsonian
74A Winter’s PromiseChristelle DabosThe Spinoff
75Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse Powell’s
76Ahimsa 
South Asia Book Award
77
Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith’s Race to Complete Amelia Earhart’s Quest
 Air & Space
78All Are WelcomeAlexandra PenfoldBook Riot
79All The Animals Where I LivePhilip C. SteadNPR
80All the Ways to Be SmartDavina Bell & Allison ColpoysReadings
81Ambrose Goes for GoldTor FreemanHoney Mums
82Amelia Earhart: Little Guides to Great Lives Air & Space
83Amina’s Voice 
South Asia Book Award
84Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live In A CastleHilda Eunice BurgosNPR
85And the Ocean Was Our SkyPatrick Ness and Rovina CaiThe Spinoff
86Animalphabet Evening Standard
87AotearoaGavin BishopThe Spinoff
88Aru Shah and the End of TimeRoshani ChokshiBook Riot
89Ba-chan the Ninja GrandmaSanae IshidaBook Riot
90Baby Feminists Smithsonian
91Baby Goes to Market. 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
92Bear & WolfDan SalmieriFatherly
93Behold the Dreamers 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
94Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art GallerySandra Neil Wallace
Phoenix Public Library
95Between Tick and Tock Evening Standard
96Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain & IrelandKevin Crossley-Holland (Author) and Frances Castle (illustrator)Five Books
97Blanca & Roja Boston Globe
98Brave Enough for Two BookPage
99Brick, Who Found Herself in ArchitectureJoshua David SteinFatherly
100Cardboard KingdomChad SellBook Riot
101Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s AssassinJames L. SwansonShelf Awareness
102Check Please: #Hockey Boston Globe
103Children of Blood and Bone Boston Globe
104CicadaShaun TanReadings
105Circle RollsBarbara KanninenFatherly
106Corduroy Takes a BowViola DavisFatherly
107Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon Air & Space
108
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
 Air & Space
109Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur Brightly
110CrushSvetlana ChmakovaBook Riot
111Cucumber Quest: The Flower KingdomGigi D.G.Book Riot
112Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover Air & Space
113DadMy SideBook Riot
114Detective Gordon: A Case for Buffy Boston Globe
115Dog Loves BooksLouise YatesHoney Mums
116Dog on LogTania Ingram and Kat ChadwickHoney Mums
117DoorJiHyeon LeeFatherly
118Dragon Post Evening Standard
119Dragons In A BagZetta Elliott, illustratedNPR
120Dread NationJustina IrelandBook Riot
121Drum Roll, PleaseLisa Jenn BigelowBook Riot
122Ducks Away, illustratedJudy Horacek
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
123Escape from AleppoN.H. SenzaiBook Riot
124Flight of the FantailSteph MatukuThe Spinoff
125Florette Boston Globe
126Forever Or A DaySarah JacobyNPR
127Fur, Feather, Fin―All of Us Are Kin Smithsonian
128Ghost Boys Powell’s
129Giraffe Problems Brightly
130Give Me Some Truth Boston Globe
131Go Go and the Silver ShoesJane Godwin & Anna WalkerReadings
132
Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail By Jennifer Thermes
 Fatherly
133Grandma’s List. 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
134Happy Birthday to You! Parents
135Harriet Gets Carried AwayJessie SimaReadings
136Hello Hello, illustrated and writtenBrendan Wenzel
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
137Hello, HelloBrendan WenzelFatherly
138Hey Kiddo Boston Globe
139Hi-Five Animals! Parents
140House with Chicken LegsSophie AndersonBook Riot
141
How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine
 Smithsonian
142Hullmetal Girls Boston Globe
143Hungry Bunny Parents
144I Am An Artist!Marta AltesHoney Mums
145I am EnoughGrace ByersBook Riot
146I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree Evening Standard
147I Miss My Best Friend Digital Journal
148In The Past, illustratedMatthew Trueman
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
149
Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home
 Powell’s
150Inside the VillainsClotilde PerrinThe Spinoff
151Itch: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About What Makes You ScratchAnita SanchezBook Riot
152Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter To The WorldAshley Herring BlakeNPR
153Jasmine Toguchi: Flamingo KeeperDebbi Michiko FlorenceBook Riot
154Jillion The Spinoff
155Just Like Jackie BookPage
156Kali Wants to Dance The Duckbill Blog
157King Alice, illustrated and writtenMatthew Cordell
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
158Kitchen DiscoClare Foges and Al MurphyHoney Mums
159
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
 Amazon
160LazybonesClaire MesserFatherly
161Lenny’s Book of EverythingKaren FoxleeThe Spinoff
162Letters to the Lost Powell’s
163Little People, Big Lives: Frida KahloIsabel Sanchez VegaraThe Spinoff
164Love Makes a FamilySophie BeerReadings
165Love to Everyone Boston Globe
166Lovely BeastsKate GardnerBook Riot
167Luna and the Moon Rabbit Air & Space
168Mabel and Sam at Home BookPage
169Mae Among the Stars Parents
170
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3 The Ship of the Dead
 Amazon
171Maharani the Cow 
South Asia Book Award
172Mama Africa, 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
173Mapmaker’s RaceEirlys HunterThe Spinoff
174Maui & Other LegendsPeter GossageThe Spinoff
175Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock RingAngela Cervantes
Phoenix Public Library
176Meet Yasmin!Saadia FaruqiBook Riot
177Merci Suárez Changes Gears Boston Globe
178Mission DefrostableJosh FunkBook Riot
179Mommy, Why Is Your Hair Pink? Digital Journal
180Monster Boogie Digital Journal
181Mr. Bear’s ABC Parents
182Mummy Fairy and Me Creative Bloq
183Mustafa Boston Globe
184My Pet Wants a Pet Parents
185Nani’s Walk to the Park The Duckbill Blog
186Neck & Neck, illustrated and writtenElise Parsley
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
187New ShoesChris RaschkaNPR
188Niblet and Ralph By Zachariah O’Hora Fatherly
189Ninja Nani The Duckbill Blog
190Norse MythsKevin Crossley-Holland and Alan JeffreyThe Spinoff
191Not My Idea: A Book About WhitenessAnastasia HigginbothamNPR
192Nothing Stopped Sophie, illustratedBarbara McClintock
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
193OceanHélène DruvertThe Spinoff
194Odd One Out Boston Globe
195Once Upon a Snowstorm Evening Standard
196One Shadow on the Wall. 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
197Outside In 
South Asia Book Award
198Pashmina 
South Asia Book Award
199
Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3)
 Amazon
200Penguinaut! Air & Space
201Petra Powell’s
202Photographic: The Life Of Graciela IturbideIsabel Quintero, illustratedNPR
203Pocket Guide to Spy Stuff Powell’s
204Poe Won’t GoKelly DiPucchio and Zachariah OHoraFatherly
205Polly Diamond Parents
206Power ForwardHena KhanBook Riot
207PrideIbi ZoboiBook Riot
208Quiet Smithsonian
209Rebound BookPage
210Refugee Amazon
211RiversPeter GoesThe Spinoff
212Saving Winslow Boston Globe
213Science Comics publishedFirst SecondBook Riot
214Sea PrayerKhaled HosseiniNPR
215Seafire Powell’s
216Seeing Into Tomorrow, biography and illustrationsNina Crews
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
217
Seeing Stars: A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations
 Air & Space
218Serpent’s SecretSayantani DasGuptaBook Riot
219Shadow of the Fox Powell’s
220
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History
 Brightly
221Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the YearEdited by Fiona Waters, illus. by Frann Preston-GannonPublishers Weekly
222Sleep Well, Siba & Saba. 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
223Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesChristian TrimmerBook Riot
224Soldier Boy. 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
225Solo. 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
226Someday is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-InsOlegbemisola Rhudey-PerkovichBook Riot
227Soñadores 
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
228Spanish edition: Alma y Cómo Obtuvo Su Nombre, illustrated and writtenJuana Martinez-Neal
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
229Star in the Jar Parents
230
Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson
 Air & Space
231Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh 
South Asia Book Award
232Storm (Seasons with Granddad) Air & Space
233StumpkinLucy Ruth CumminsPublishers Weekly
234Sun! One in a Billion (Our Universe) Air & Space
235Sunflower Circle Digital Journal
236Sunny and LuJason ReynoldsBook Riot
237SupernovaKazu KibuishiBook Riot
238Teddy’s Favorite Toy, illustratedMadeline Valentine
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
239Ten Clean Pigs: An Upside, Turn-Around Bathtime Counting BookCarol RothHoney Mums
240The AfterwardsAF Harrold (author) and Emily Gravett (illustrator)Five Books
241The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza Boston Globe
242The Bad Guys: Do-You-Think-He-SaurusAaron BlabeyBook Riot
243The Belles Boston Globe
244The Benefits Of Being An OctopusAnn BradenNPR
245The Big Book of the Blue Parents
246The Bomb (Te Pohū)Sacha Cotter and Josh MorganThe Spinoff
247The Book of Boy BookPage
248The Book of TreesPiotr SochaThe Spinoff
249The Boy Who Grew Dragons Creative Bloq
250The Boy Who Went to Mars Air & Space
251The Boy: His Stories And How They Came To BeOliver JeffersThe Spinoff
252
The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo, The Book Three)
 Amazon
253The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs Amazon
254The Crocodile and the DentistTaro GomiPublishers Weekly
255The Cruel Prince Boston Globe
256The Digger and The FlowerJoseph KueflerFatherly
257The Dragon Slayer: Folktales From Latin AmericaJaime HernandezNPR
258The DreamersYuyi Morales
Phoenix Public Library
259The ElephantJenni DesmondPublishers Weekly
260The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President LincolnMarissa Moss, illus. by Jeremy HolmesPublishers Weekly
261
The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship (Aunt Claire Presents)
 Air & Space
262The Girl Who Drew Butterflies BookPage
263The Hazel Wood Boston Globe
264The House That Lou BuiltMae RespicioNPR
265The Journey of Little Charlie BookPage
266The Last Chance Hotel Creative Bloq
267The Lifters Creative Bloq
268The Little Barbarian Boston Globe
269The Little Red Fort, illustratedSonia Sánchez
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
270The Long IslandDrew BeckmeyerFatherly
271The Night Dragon Air & Space
272The Party: And Other StoriesSergio RuzzierNPR
273The Prince and the DressmakerJen WangShelf Awareness
274The Princess in Black and the Science Fair ScareShannon HaleBook Riot
275The Remember Balloons Powell’s
276The Science Of Breakable ThingsTae KellerNPR
277The Skylarks’ WarHilary McKayFive Books
278The Stuff of Stars BookPage
279
The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
 Boston Globe
280The Train to Impossible PlacesPG Bell (author) and Flavia Sorrentino (illustrator)Five Books
281The Truth About Bears, illustrated and writtenMaxwell Eaton III
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
282The Truth About Martians Air & Space
283The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair BookPage
284The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian RefugeesDon BrownShelf Awareness
285The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden GardenKarina Yan GlaserBook Riot
286The Way Past WinterKiran Millwood HargraveFive Books
287The Way You Make Me Feel Boston Globe
288The Wicked Deep Powell’s
289The Wild Robot EscapesPeter Brown
Phoenix Public Library
290The Wooden Camel. 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
291They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s PoemsDavid BowlesShelf Awareness
292Thiago de Moraes’s Myth Atlas Evening Standard
293Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, createdpoet Tony Medina & 13 Artists
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
294This Is My Eye: A New York Story, pictures and textNeela Vaswani
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
295This Splintered Silence Air & Space
296Three RobbersTomi UngererThe Spinoff
297Tigers & Tea With ToppyBarbara Kerley and Rhoda Knight Kalt, illustratedNPR
298Timelines of Everything Amazon
299Tiny Little Rocket Air & Space
300Tomorrow I’ll be Brave Creative Bloq
301Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGintyRhys DarbyThe Spinoff
302Turning Pages: My Life StorySonia SotomayorBook Riot
303VehiclesXavier DeneuxThe Spinoff
304Very Bear and The Butterfly Digital Journal
305Violet the Pilot The Duckbill Blog
306Voyage of the Dogs Air & Space
307We Are Grateful: OtsaliheligaTraci Sorell, illustratedNPR
308WendyGus GordonHoney Mums
309What Can a Citizen Do?Dave EggersBook Riot
310What Goes Up Air & Space
311What to Say Next Powell’s
312When Dimple Met Rishi 
South Asia Book Award
313When Morning Comes. 
Children’s Africana Book Awards
314When the Rain Comes 
South Asia Book Award
315Whiffy Wilson: The Wolf Who Wouldn’t go to School, writtenCaryl HartHoney Mums
316Will You Believe in Me? Digital Journal
317Wishtree Amazon
318Wordy Birdy Brightly
319Wow! Said the OwlTim HopgoodHoney Mums
320Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan CrowJessica TownsendBook Riot
321You Bring the Distant Near 
South Asia Book Award
322You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P.!Alex GinoBook Riot
323Zoey and Sassafras: Unicorns and Germs and The Pod and the BogAsia CitroBook Riot



25 Best Children’s Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Air & Space Best Children’s Books of 2018
Amazon Best children’s books of 2018
Book Riot 52 Awesome Children’s Books of 2018
BookPage BookPage Best Childrens Books 2018
Boston Globe The best children’s books of 2018
Brightly 20 Must-Read Picture Books of 2018
Children’s Africana Book Awards Children’s Africana Book Awards
Creative Bloq Creative Bloq Best Childrens Books 2018
Digital Journal Op-Ed: Top six children’s books of 2018
Evening Standard The best children’s picture books to buy this Christmas
Fatherly The Best Children’s Books of 2018
Five Books Editors’ Picks: The Best Children’s Fiction of 2018
Honey Mums Honey Mums Best Childrens Books
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books Mr. Brian’s Picture Book Picks
NPR Our Guide To 2018’s Great Reads
Parents Parents’ 15 Best Children’s Books 2018
Phoenix Public Library Best Kids Books of 2018
Powell’s Powell’s Best Kids Books 2018
Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly Best Childrens Books
Readings Readings Best Picture Books 2018
Shelf Awareness Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Smithsonian The Ten Best Children’s Books of 2018
South Asia Book Award 2018 Awards
The Duckbill Blog the duckbill blog Favorite Childrens Books
The Spinoff Christmas shopping guide: the 20 best kids books of 2018

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