I was talking to an author over lunch earlier this week and we started discussing all the books we've read and loved this year, and it reaffirmed what I already knew--2016 has been an amazing year for children's books.
From youngest to eldest, fiction and nonfiction, when it came down to choosing only 20 books for the overall best kids' books of the year list and 20 apiece for the categories, I had a tough time. If I had my way it might have been 25 per list. Or maybe 30. But discipline must be exercised.
I settled on our number one pick, The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart, for a few different reasons. I asked myself, will kids--both boys and girls-- who live in the suburbs or the heart of a big city relate to the characters in some way? Yes. Is the story fun and exciting, but also says something about how we live and relate to one another? Yes. Is there something special and original about the book? Yes. Do I think it will stand the test of time? Absolutely.
Below are the top titles for each Best Children's Books of 2016 category and links to each full list. I hope you agree that there is a lot of great work out there and because of that, many more opportunities to get kids hooked on reading this year and into the next.
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- See all the categories and the top 20 overall for the Best Children's Books of 2016
- Check out our Editors' Holiday Gift Picks for Kids
- See our Best Young Adult Books of 2016
- Find more Amazon Book Review posts on Kids + Young Adult books