Best Children’s Books of 2019

One of my favorite things about a year wrapping up is browsing through the myriad of Best Books lists for children! It’s always fascinating to see which titles make more than one list, which titles I haven’t seen yet, and to gain inspiration for our library’s collection, gifts for friends and family, and, of course, my own reading pleasure. Here are a few great roundups of some of the stand-out children’s books of 2019:

Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books and Middle Grade of 2019

The New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids 2019 picks

The 2019 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

The New York Times 25 Best Children’s Books of 2019

NPR’S Book Concierge 

Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2019 

School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2019

In early 2020, the Children’s Department will announce our favorite picture book, fiction book, and nonfiction book published in 2019 for the Watertown Children’s Book Award! In the meantime, stop by or comment and let us know: what was your favorite book of 2019?

– Kazia, WFPL Children’s Librarian

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