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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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​

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

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



# Books Authors Lists
31 A Parade of Elephants Kevin Henkes Boston Globe
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
32 A Stitch In Time Daphne Kalmar BookPage
NPR
33 Akata Warrior Nnedi Okorafor Book Riot
Children’s Africana Book Awards
34 Amal Unbound Aisha Saeed Book Riot
NPR
35 Baby Monkey, Private Eye BookPage
Parents
36 Be Kind Amazon
Creative Bloq
37 Blood Water Paint Joy McCullough Boston Globe
Shelf Awareness
38 Blue Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
NPR
39 Carmela Full of Wishes Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson Boston Globe
Publishers Weekly
40 Dactyl Hill Squad Daniel Jose Older Book Riot
NPR
41 Darius the Great is Not Okay Boston Globe
Powell’s
42 Don’t Blink! Amy Krause Rosenthal Brightly
Fatherly
43 El Chupacabras Adam Rubin and Crash McCreary Fatherly
Smithsonian
44 Elmore Holly Hobbie Brightly
Fatherly
45 Everything You Need for a Treehouse Carter Higgins & Emily Hughes NPR
Readings
46 Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories Sergio Ruzzier Boston Globe
Publishers Weekly
47 Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly Book Riot
Brightly
48 How To Be A Lion Ed Vere NPR
Phoenix Public Library
49 Imagine! Raúl Colón BookPage
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
50 Islandborn Junot Díaz Brightly
Phoenix Public Library
51 Knights vs. Dinosaurs Matt Phelan Book Riot
Boston Globe
52 Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World Vashti Harrison Amazon
Book Riot
53 Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein Linda Bailey, illus. by Julia Sarda
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
Publishers Weekly
54 Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Rob Sanders Book Riot
Brightly
55 Sadie Courtney Summers Boston Globe
Shelf Awareness
56 Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster BookPage
Boston Globe
57 Tess of the Road Rachel Hartman Book Riot
Boston Globe
58
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
Amazon
Smithsonian
59 The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer And The Plot To Kill Hitler John Hendrix BookPage
NPR
60 The Field Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
Shelf Awareness
61 The Night Diary Veera Hiranandani NPR
Shelf Awareness
62 The Patchwork Bike Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus. by Van Thanh Rudd
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
Publishers Weekly
63 The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo Boston Globe
Shelf Awareness
64 The Rough Patch Brian Lies BookPage
NPR
65 The Truth as Told Mason Buttle BookPage
Phoenix Public Library
66 The Visitor Antje Damm BookPage
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
67 The Word Collector Peter H. Reynolds Fatherly
Smithsonian
68 Up the Mountain Path Marianne Dubuc Boston Globe
Publishers Weekly
69 Willa of the Wood Robert Beatty Amazon
Phoenix Public Library
70 # Hockey (Check Please #1) Powell’s
71 24 Hours in Nowhere Dusti Bowling Shelf Awareness
72 A Cat’s Guide to the Night Sky Powell’s
73
A Is for Artichoke: A Foodie Alphabet from Artichoke to Zest
Smithsonian
74 A Winter’s Promise Christelle Dabos The Spinoff
75 Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse Powell’s
76 Ahimsa
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
78 All Are Welcome Alexandra Penfold Book Riot
79 All The Animals Where I Live Philip C. Stead NPR
80 All the Ways to Be Smart Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys Readings
81 Ambrose Goes for Gold Tor Freeman Honey Mums
82 Amelia Earhart: Little Guides to Great Lives Air & Space
83 Amina’s Voice
South Asia Book Award
84 Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live In A Castle Hilda Eunice Burgos NPR
85 And the Ocean Was Our Sky Patrick Ness and Rovina Cai The Spinoff
86 Animalphabet Evening Standard
87 Aotearoa Gavin Bishop The Spinoff
88 Aru Shah and the End of Time Roshani Chokshi Book Riot
89 Ba-chan the Ninja Grandma Sanae Ishida Book Riot
90 Baby Feminists Smithsonian
91 Baby Goes to Market.
Children’s Africana Book Awards
92 Bear & Wolf Dan Salmieri Fatherly
93 Behold the Dreamers
Children’s Africana Book Awards
94 Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery Sandra Neil Wallace
Phoenix Public Library
95 Between Tick and Tock Evening Standard
96 Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain & Ireland Kevin Crossley-Holland (Author) and Frances Castle (illustrator) Five Books
97 Blanca & Roja Boston Globe
98 Brave Enough for Two BookPage
99 Brick, Who Found Herself in Architecture Joshua David Stein Fatherly
100 Cardboard Kingdom Chad Sell Book Riot
101 Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin James L. Swanson Shelf Awareness
102 Check Please: #Hockey Boston Globe
103 Children of Blood and Bone Boston Globe
104 Cicada Shaun Tan Readings
105 Circle Rolls Barbara Kanninen Fatherly
106 Corduroy Takes a Bow Viola Davis Fatherly
107 Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon Air & Space
108
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
Air & Space
109 Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur Brightly
110 Crush Svetlana Chmakova Book Riot
111 Cucumber Quest: The Flower Kingdom Gigi D.G. Book Riot
112 Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover Air & Space
113 Dad My Side Book Riot
114 Detective Gordon: A Case for Buffy Boston Globe
115 Dog Loves Books Louise Yates Honey Mums
116 Dog on Log Tania Ingram and Kat Chadwick Honey Mums
117 Door JiHyeon Lee Fatherly
118 Dragon Post Evening Standard
119 Dragons In A Bag Zetta Elliott, illustrated NPR
120 Dread Nation Justina Ireland Book Riot
121 Drum Roll, Please Lisa Jenn Bigelow Book Riot
122 Ducks Away, illustrated Judy Horacek
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
123 Escape from Aleppo N.H. Senzai Book Riot
124 Flight of the Fantail Steph Matuku The Spinoff
125 Florette Boston Globe
126 Forever Or A Day Sarah Jacoby NPR
127 Fur, Feather, Fin―All of Us Are Kin Smithsonian
128 Ghost Boys Powell’s
129 Giraffe Problems Brightly
130 Give Me Some Truth Boston Globe
131 Go Go and the Silver Shoes Jane Godwin & Anna Walker Readings
132
Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail By Jennifer Thermes
Fatherly
133 Grandma’s List.
Children’s Africana Book Awards
134 Happy Birthday to You! Parents
135 Harriet Gets Carried Away Jessie Sima Readings
136 Hello Hello, illustrated and written Brendan Wenzel
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
137 Hello, Hello Brendan Wenzel Fatherly
138 Hey Kiddo Boston Globe
139 Hi-Five Animals! Parents
140 House with Chicken Legs Sophie Anderson Book Riot
141
How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine
Smithsonian
142 Hullmetal Girls Boston Globe
143 Hungry Bunny Parents
144 I Am An Artist! Marta Altes Honey Mums
145 I am Enough Grace Byers Book Riot
146 I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree Evening Standard
147 I Miss My Best Friend Digital Journal
148 In The Past, illustrated Matthew Trueman
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
149
Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home
Powell’s
150 Inside the Villains Clotilde Perrin The Spinoff
151 Itch: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch Anita Sanchez Book Riot
152 Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter To The World Ashley Herring Blake NPR
153 Jasmine Toguchi: Flamingo Keeper Debbi Michiko Florence Book Riot
154 Jillion The Spinoff
155 Just Like Jackie BookPage
156 Kali Wants to Dance The Duckbill Blog
157 King Alice, illustrated and written Matthew Cordell
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
158 Kitchen Disco Clare Foges and Al Murphy Honey Mums
159
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
Amazon
160 Lazybones Claire Messer Fatherly
161 Lenny’s Book of Everything Karen Foxlee The Spinoff
162 Letters to the Lost Powell’s
163 Little People, Big Lives: Frida Kahlo Isabel Sanchez Vegara The Spinoff
164 Love Makes a Family Sophie Beer Readings
165 Love to Everyone Boston Globe
166 Lovely Beasts Kate Gardner Book Riot
167 Luna and the Moon Rabbit Air & Space
168 Mabel and Sam at Home BookPage
169 Mae Among the Stars Parents
170
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3 The Ship of the Dead
Amazon
171 Maharani the Cow
South Asia Book Award
172 Mama Africa,
Children’s Africana Book Awards
173 Mapmaker’s Race Eirlys Hunter The Spinoff
174 Maui & Other Legends Peter Gossage The Spinoff
175 Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring Angela Cervantes
Phoenix Public Library
176 Meet Yasmin! Saadia Faruqi Book Riot
177 Merci Suárez Changes Gears Boston Globe
178 Mission Defrostable Josh Funk Book Riot
179 Mommy, Why Is Your Hair Pink? Digital Journal
180 Monster Boogie Digital Journal
181 Mr. Bear’s ABC Parents
182 Mummy Fairy and Me Creative Bloq
183 Mustafa Boston Globe
184 My Pet Wants a Pet Parents
185 Nani’s Walk to the Park The Duckbill Blog
186 Neck & Neck, illustrated and written Elise Parsley
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
187 New Shoes Chris Raschka NPR
188 Niblet and Ralph By Zachariah O’Hora Fatherly
189 Ninja Nani The Duckbill Blog
190 Norse Myths Kevin Crossley-Holland and Alan Jeffrey The Spinoff
191 Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness Anastasia Higginbotham NPR
192 Nothing Stopped Sophie, illustrated Barbara McClintock
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
193 Ocean Hélène Druvert The Spinoff
194 Odd One Out Boston Globe
195 Once Upon a Snowstorm Evening Standard
196 One Shadow on the Wall.
Children’s Africana Book Awards
197 Outside In
South Asia Book Award
198 Pashmina
South Asia Book Award
199
Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3)
Amazon
200 Penguinaut! Air & Space
201 Petra Powell’s
202 Photographic: The Life Of Graciela Iturbide Isabel Quintero, illustrated NPR
203 Pocket Guide to Spy Stuff Powell’s
204 Poe Won’t Go Kelly DiPucchio and Zachariah OHora Fatherly
205 Polly Diamond Parents
206 Power Forward Hena Khan Book Riot
207 Pride Ibi Zoboi Book Riot
208 Quiet Smithsonian
209 Rebound BookPage
210 Refugee Amazon
211 Rivers Peter Goes The Spinoff
212 Saving Winslow Boston Globe
213 Science Comics published First Second Book Riot
214 Sea Prayer Khaled Hosseini NPR
215 Seafire Powell’s
216 Seeing Into Tomorrow, biography and illustrations Nina Crews
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
217
Seeing Stars: A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations
Air & Space
218 Serpent’s Secret Sayantani DasGupta Book Riot
219 Shadow of the Fox Powell’s
220
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History
Brightly
221 Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year Edited by Fiona Waters, illus. by Frann Preston-Gannon Publishers Weekly
222 Sleep Well, Siba & Saba.
Children’s Africana Book Awards
223 Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies Christian Trimmer Book Riot
224 Soldier Boy.
Children’s Africana Book Awards
225 Solo.
Children’s Africana Book Awards
226 Someday is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins Olegbemisola Rhudey-Perkovich Book Riot
227 Soñadores
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
228 Spanish edition: Alma y Cómo Obtuvo Su Nombre, illustrated and written Juana Martinez-Neal
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
229 Star in the Jar Parents
230
Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson
Air & Space
231 Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh
South Asia Book Award
232 Storm (Seasons with Granddad) Air & Space
233 Stumpkin Lucy Ruth Cummins Publishers Weekly
234 Sun! One in a Billion (Our Universe) Air & Space
235 Sunflower Circle Digital Journal
236 Sunny and Lu Jason Reynolds Book Riot
237 Supernova Kazu Kibuishi Book Riot
238 Teddy’s Favorite Toy, illustrated Madeline Valentine
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
239 Ten Clean Pigs: An Upside, Turn-Around Bathtime Counting Book Carol Roth Honey Mums
240 The Afterwards AF Harrold (author) and Emily Gravett (illustrator) Five Books
241 The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza Boston Globe
242 The Bad Guys: Do-You-Think-He-Saurus Aaron Blabey Book Riot
243 The Belles Boston Globe
244 The Benefits Of Being An Octopus Ann Braden NPR
245 The Big Book of the Blue Parents
246 The Bomb (Te Pohū) Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan The Spinoff
247 The Book of Boy BookPage
248 The Book of Trees Piotr Socha The Spinoff
249 The Boy Who Grew Dragons Creative Bloq
250 The Boy Who Went to Mars Air & Space
251 The Boy: His Stories And How They Came To Be Oliver Jeffers The Spinoff
252
The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo, The Book Three)
Amazon
253 The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs Amazon
254 The Crocodile and the Dentist Taro Gomi Publishers Weekly
255 The Cruel Prince Boston Globe
256 The Digger and The Flower Joseph Kuefler Fatherly
257 The Dragon Slayer: Folktales From Latin America Jaime Hernandez NPR
258 The Dreamers Yuyi Morales
Phoenix Public Library
259 The Elephant Jenni Desmond Publishers Weekly
260 The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln Marissa Moss, illus. by Jeremy Holmes Publishers Weekly
261
The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship (Aunt Claire Presents)
Air & Space
262 The Girl Who Drew Butterflies BookPage
263 The Hazel Wood Boston Globe
264 The House That Lou Built Mae Respicio NPR
265 The Journey of Little Charlie BookPage
266 The Last Chance Hotel Creative Bloq
267 The Lifters Creative Bloq
268 The Little Barbarian Boston Globe
269 The Little Red Fort, illustrated Sonia Sánchez
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
270 The Long Island Drew Beckmeyer Fatherly
271 The Night Dragon Air & Space
272 The Party: And Other Stories Sergio Ruzzier NPR
273 The Prince and the Dressmaker Jen Wang Shelf Awareness
274 The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare Shannon Hale Book Riot
275 The Remember Balloons Powell’s
276 The Science Of Breakable Things Tae Keller NPR
277 The Skylarks’ War Hilary McKay Five Books
278 The Stuff of Stars BookPage
279
The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
Boston Globe
280 The Train to Impossible Places PG Bell (author) and Flavia Sorrentino (illustrator) Five Books
281 The Truth About Bears, illustrated and written Maxwell Eaton III
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
282 The Truth About Martians Air & Space
283 The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair BookPage
284 The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees Don Brown Shelf Awareness
285 The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden Karina Yan Glaser Book Riot
286 The Way Past Winter Kiran Millwood Hargrave Five Books
287 The Way You Make Me Feel Boston Globe
288 The Wicked Deep Powell’s
289 The Wild Robot Escapes Peter Brown
Phoenix Public Library
290 The Wooden Camel.
Children’s Africana Book Awards
291 They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems David Bowles Shelf Awareness
292 Thiago de Moraes’s Myth Atlas Evening Standard
293 Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, created poet Tony Medina & 13 Artists
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
294 This Is My Eye: A New York Story, pictures and text Neela Vaswani
Mr. Brian’s Picture Books
295 This Splintered Silence Air & Space
296 Three Robbers Tomi Ungerer The Spinoff
297 Tigers & Tea With Toppy Barbara Kerley and Rhoda Knight Kalt, illustrated NPR
298 Timelines of Everything Amazon
299 Tiny Little Rocket Air & Space
300 Tomorrow I’ll be Brave Creative Bloq
301 Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty Rhys Darby The Spinoff
302 Turning Pages: My Life Story Sonia Sotomayor Book Riot
303 Vehicles Xavier Deneux The Spinoff
304 Very Bear and The Butterfly Digital Journal
305 Violet the Pilot The Duckbill Blog
306 Voyage of the Dogs Air & Space
307 We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Traci Sorell, illustrated NPR
308 Wendy Gus Gordon Honey Mums
309 What Can a Citizen Do? Dave Eggers Book Riot
310 What Goes Up Air & Space
311 What to Say Next Powell’s
312 When Dimple Met Rishi
South Asia Book Award
313 When Morning Comes.
Children’s Africana Book Awards
314 When the Rain Comes
South Asia Book Award
315 Whiffy Wilson: The Wolf Who Wouldn’t go to School, written Caryl Hart Honey Mums
316 Will You Believe in Me? Digital Journal
317 Wishtree Amazon
318 Wordy Birdy Brightly
319 Wow! Said the Owl Tim Hopgood Honey Mums
320 Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend Book Riot
321 You Bring the Distant Near
South Asia Book Award
322 You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P.! Alex Gino Book Riot
323 Zoey and Sassafras: Unicorns and Germs and The Pod and the Bog Asia Citro Book Riot


25 Best Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
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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