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Favorite Kids Book of 2023

Get ready for a slew of recommendations from our outstanding children’s section! We’ve compiled lists for each age range, from pictures books to early chapter books, graphic novels to YA, with everything in between. Each section has had fantastic titles come out that we’ve loved showcasing to kids (and their adults).

Our Children's Specialist, Lillian, says: "I stopped calling these lists "Best of the Year" a while ago because the first question I asked anyone who wants a recommendation is - what are you interested in? A book that I think is good might not be good for you or your reader. That's why we call these lists Favorites. We collect them up by age group or section, some lists are longer than others (picture books started out with 42 titles!), and they're a collaboration between the staff who work in the kids/teens section."

As for me, I recently realized, somewhere between a customer asking me for a soothing picture book and knowing exactly where to find a copy of Hatchet, how much our customers trust us to help them discover those unique reads for the kids in their lives. When I started working in the kids section, all I could do was point to things I’d read myself as a kid, and my favorite Maggie Stiefvater. Now I take for granted that I have information tucked away in my mind, from week after week of shelving, talking to my co-workers and perusing our titles. Reading and recommending books is truly the best part of our job!

Check out the links below for all of our favorites:

Next week we’ll wrap up our Favorites of 2023 with Nonfiction!