Best Children's Books of 2018

Seira Wilson on November 27, 2018

2018 has been an incredible year for kids' books and it was tough to narrow down our favorites and decide which titles would stand on our list of the best children's books of the year.  The books we came down to cover a selection of titles from new authors and perennial favorites across all ages--all of them much loved. 

Our overall top pick of the year is The Season of Styx Malone--a middle grade novel of friendship and exploration, full of heart and adventure. We loved it and think young readers will feel the same.

Below you'll find our top picks in each category, along with links to see the rest of the top 20. You can also find all of our editors' picks for the best books of 2018 here.

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Our top pick for babies and toddlers is Chris Ferrie's 8 Little Planets.  Bright art and fun verse about our solar system made this board book stand out from the crowd.

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AGES 3 to 5

Brothers Terry Fan and Eric Fan once again wowed us with their gorgeous illustrations and a touching picture book story of a boy's magical journey to find the place his grandfather told him about--where Ocean Meets Sky

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AGES 6 to 8

The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and award winning author Jacqueline Woodson gave us a poignant story of bravery and connection in The Day You Begin. Perfect for young elementary school readers who can easily see themselves in her characters, Woodson's story is accompanied by Rafael López's beautiful and imaginative illustrations.

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AGES 9 TO 12

The bestselling author of the Serafina and the Black Cloak series returns with something new--Willa of the Wood.  A fantasy set in the Great Smokey Mountains during 1900, Robert Beatty's latest brings together history, struggle, magic, and hope in a story that readers in the middle grades will quickly devour. 

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A glorious homage to the natural wonders around us, author Kate Siber and illustrator Chris Turnham take readers on a journey across the country to visit some of America's most iconic locations in National Parks of the U.S.A. Informative and fun, this book of nonfiction is one that can be explored again and again, with something new to discover each time.

>See all top 20 in children's nonfiction

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