Best of the Year

Rather than “Best” of the year lists, we usually compile “Favorites,” those books we thoroughly enjoyed reading and recommending to children, teens, teachers, librarians, and parents. These lists often do include “Bests” and sometimes are comprised entirely of our own eccentric awards to celebrate the year’s publishing bounty. Some lists include the opinions of our “focus group” (Lynn’s grandsons). Careful readers will note that we often have trouble sticking to our agreed upon limits each year. We blame it on the authors and illustrators who create so many worthy books each year.

Cindy & Lynn’s 2018 Book Awards
The Book Lynn Had to Fight Her Grandsons For…

Bookends Favorites 2018: Lynn’s Selections

Bookends Favorites 2018: Cindy’s Selections

Cindy & Lynn’s ALA Annual 2018 Exhibit Book Awards
The Book Most Likely to Get You Investigated By the FBI If You’re Caught Reading It…

Cindy & Lynn’s 2017 Book Awards
The Book that Had the Most Holds at One Time (Even Before the Author Appeared on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah)…

Bookends Favorites 2016: Lynn’s Favorite Middle-Grade and YA

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books 

Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Lynn’s Favorite Children’s and YA Books of 2015

Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA Books of 2015 

Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Our Favorites from 2014 

Great Picture Books for 2014—Focus Group Favorites

Cindy & Lynn’s 2013 Favorites

Cindy & Lynn’s Best of 2012

Cindy & Lynn’s Top Ten Books for 2010

Cindy & Lynn’s Top Ten Favorites for 2010

Hayden & Mason’s Favorites for 2010

Cindy & Lynn’s Best of the Best Books for Teens 2009

Cindy & Lynn’s Top Fiction Books for Older Readers 2009

Cindy & Lynn’s Top Middle Grade Fiction Books 2009

Cindy & Lynn’s Top Nonfiction Books 2009

Lynn’s 2008 Baker’s Dozen

Cindy’s 2008 Baker’s Dozen

Cindy & Lynn’s Top 5 Nonfiction 2008

Cindy & Lynn’s Top 5 Picture Books 2008