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(December 2022)

Children's Picture Books - Top 10

  • 1 HOW TO CATCH AN ELF by Adam Wallace. Illustrated by Andy Elkerton. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky) A tiny narrator dodges traps while making the Christmas rounds.
  • 2 CONSTRUCTION SITE ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Illustrated by A. G. Ford. (Chronicle) Construction vehicles build a firehouse in time for Christmas.
  • 3 THE SOUR GRAPE by Jory John and Pete Oswald. (HarperCollins) A grape hold grudges against everyone, then re-evaluates life when one is held against him.
  • 4 DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. (Dial) What to serve your dragon-guests.
  • 5 LITTLE BLUE TRUCK MAKES A FRIEND by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry. (Clarion) Blue and friends meet Chuck the woodchuck.
  • 6 THE PIGEON WILL RIDE THE ROLLER COASTER! by Mo Willems. (Union Square Kids) The Pigeon goes through a series of emotions leading up to a roller coaster ride.
  • 7 LITTLE RED SLEIGH by Erin Guendelsberger. Illustrated by Elizaveta Tretyakova. (Sourcebooks Wonderland) Little Red Sleigh dreams of becoming Santa's sleigh one day.
  • 8 THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin. (Random House) A celebration of future possibilities.
  • 9 DASHER by Matt Tavares. (Candlewick) The origin story of Dasher, the first of Santa's flying reindeer.
  • 10 PETE THE CAT'S 12 GROOVY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Kimberly and James Dean. (HarperCollins) Pete's spin on the holiday classic "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Children's Middle Grade (Hardcover) - Top 10

  • 1 THE COMPLETE COOKBOOK FOR YOUNG CHEFS by America's Test Kitchen Kids. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky) Over 100 kid-tested recipes from America's Test Kitchen.
  • 2 THE CHRISTMAS PIG by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by Jim Field. (Scholastic) When a young boy's favorite toy goes missing, it's Christmas Pig to the rescue!
  • 3 THE COMPLETE BAKING BOOK FOR YOUNG CHEFS by America's Test Kitchen Kids. (Sourcebooks Explore) One hundred plus kid-tested baking recipes.
  • 4 ODDER by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Charles Santoso. (Feiwel & Friends) After a shark attack, Odder recuperates at the aquarium with the scientists who raised her.
  • 5 UNSTOPPABLE US, VOL. 1 by Yuval Noah Harari. Illustrated by Ricard Zaplana Ruiz. (Bright Matter) A look at the early history of humankind.
  • 6 THE HOCUS POCUS SPELL BOOK by Eric Geron. (Disney) A book of spells, potions, witch history and more.
  • 7 TWO DEGREES by Alan Gratz. (Scholastic) Four kids simultaneously experience three natural catastrophes due to climate change.
  • 8 WONDER by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf) A boy with a facial deformity starts school.
  • 9 AMARI AND THE GREAT GAME by B.B. Alston. (Balzer + Bray) Amari agrees to participate in the Great Game after a magician with dangerous plans for the League steps forward.
  • 10 DAUGHTER OF THE DEEP by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion) Ana Dakkar faces the weekend trials at the Harding-Pencroft Academy.

Young Adult Books (Hardcover) - Top 10

  • 1 THE FIRST TO DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera. (Quill Tree) In this prequel to "They Both Die at the End," Orion and Valentino attend the premier of Death-Cast in Times Square.
  • 2 LONG LIVE THE PUMPKIN QUEEN by Shea Ernshaw. (Disney) Sally, the new Queen of Halloween Town, must save her town from a sleeping curse.
  • 3 LIGHTLARK by Alex Aster. (Amulet) Every 100 years the island of Lightlark appears and a deadly competition called the Centennial takes place.
  • 4 ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus. (Delacorte) For five students, a detour into detention ends in murder.
  • 5 BLOODMARKED by Tracy Deonn. (Simon & Schuster) Bree and her friends go on the run to save her love, Nick.
  • 6 CURSED by Marissa Meyer. (Feiwel & Friends) Serilda finds herself entangled in a deadly game of make-believe with the Erlking.
  • 7 FOUL LADY FORTUNE by Chloe Gong. (Margaret K. McElderry) After a string of murders in Shanghai, Rosalind and Orion infiltrate the Japanese government-funded Seagreen Press.
  • 8 FAMILY OF LIARS by E. Lockhart. (Delacorte) This prequel to "We Were Liars" focuses on Cady's mother and aunts as teenagers in 1987.
  • 9 NOTHING MORE TO TELL by Karen M. McManus. (Delacorte) Brynn investigates the murder of her favorite teacher at Saint Ambrose School, Mr. Larkin.
  • 10 I WAS BORN FOR THIS by Alice Oseman. (Scholastic) Angel meets the front man of her favorite boy band, the Ark.

Children's Series - Top 10

  • 1 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet) The travails and challenges of adolescence.
  • 2 HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling. (Scholastic) A wizard hones his conjuring skills in the service of fighting evil.
  • 3 A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Holly Jackson. (Delacorte) Pippa Fitz-Amobi solves murderous crimes.
  • 4 THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY TRILOGY by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster) A beach house, summer love and enduring friendships.
  • 5 THE INHERITANCE GAMES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. (Little, Brown) Avery Grambs tries to figure out why an inheritance from a stranger was bestowed upon her.
  • 6 PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion) A boy battles mythological monsters.
  • 7 WINGS OF FIRE by Tui T. Sutherland. (Scholastic) Only the five dragonets of destiny can unite the seven warring dragon tribes.
  • 8 CRAVE by Tracy Wolff. (Entangled Teen) Grace attends Katmere Academy among supernatural beings.
  • 9 KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger. (Aladdin) Loyalties are blurred and mysterious symbols abound, as the Neverseen wreak their havoc.
  • 10 THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH by Max Brallier. Illustrated by Douglas Holgate. (Viking) Jack and his friends fight for their lives through the zombie apocalypse.