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(September 2023)

Children's Picture Books - Top 10

  • 1 THE CRAYONS GO BACK TO SCHOOL by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. (Philomel) The crayons go back to school and can't wait for art class.
  • 2 DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. (Dial) What to serve your dragon-guests.
  • 3 THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL! by Mo Willems. (Hyperion) Pigeon deals with the anxieties of going to school for the first time.
  • 4 THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin. (Random House) A celebration of future possibilities.
  • 5 WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES! by Ryan T. Higgins. (Disney-Hyperion) Penelope Rex must control her urge to eat the children in her class.
  • 6 THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. (Philomel) Problems arise when Duncan's crayons revolt.
  • 7 TIME FOR SCHOOL, LITTLE BLUE TRUCK by Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. (Clarion) Blue gives a friend a ride to school.
  • 8 THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Rafael L√≥pez. (Nancy Paulsen) A group of school children embrace their differences.
  • 9 HOW TO CATCH A MERMAID by Adam Wallace. Illustrated by Andy Elkerton. (Sourcebooks Wonderland) A young girl attempts to catch a mermaid and befriend her.
  • 10 CREEPY CRAYON! by Aaron Reynolds. Illustrated by Peter Brown. (Simon & Schuster) Jasper finds a crayon that helps him in school, or so it seems.

Children's Middle Grade (Hardcover) - Top 10

  • 1 THE SUN AND THE STAR by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro. (Disney Hyperion) The demigods Will and Nico embark on a dangerous journey to the Underworld to rescue an old friend.
  • 2 WONDER by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf) A boy with a facial deformity starts school.
  • 3 REFUGEE by Alan Gratz. (Scholastic) Three children in three different conflicts look for safe haven.
  • 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 TWO DEGREES by Alan Gratz. (Scholastic) Four kids simultaneously experience three natural catastrophes due to climate change.
  • 6 THE COMPLETE COOKBOOK FOR YOUNG CHEFS by America's Test Kitchen Kids. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky) Over 100 kid-tested recipes from America's Test Kitchen.
  • 7 THE SWIFTS by Beth Lincoln. Illustrated by Claire Powell. (Dutton) Shenanigan Swift investigates murders during a family reunion treasure hunt.
  • 8 WORST BROOMMATE EVER! by Wanda Coven. Illustrated by Anna Abramskaya. (Simon Spotlight) Old rivals, Heidi and Melanie find out they're roommates at the Broomsfield Academy.
  • 9 NIC BLAKE AND THE REMARKABLES by Angie Thomas. (Balzer + Bray) Nic and two friends hunt for a powerful magic tool to save her father from imprisonment.
  • 10 SKANDAR AND THE UNICORN THIEF by A.F. Steadman. (Simon & Schuster) Skandar dreams of becoming a unicorn rider and competing in the Chaos Cup.

Young Adult Books (Hardcover) - Top 10

  • 1 FOXGLOVE by Adalyn Grace. (Little, Brown) Fate, Death's brother, is determined to have Signa for himself at any cost.
  • 2 DIVINE RIVALS by Rebecca Ross. (Wednesday) Two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection.
  • 3 SOLITAIRE by Alice Oseman. (Scholastic) Tori Spring is determined to find out who's behind the blog called Solitaire, which has caused serious pranks at her school.
  • 4 NICK AND CHARLIE by Alice Oseman. (Scholastic) Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart when Nick leaves for university.
  • 5 FIVE SURVIVE by Holly Jackson. (Delacorte) Six friends on a spring break road trip in an R.V. are the target of a sniper.
  • 6 HOUSE OF ROOTS AND RUIN by Erin A. Craig. (Delacorte) In this sequel to "House of Salt and Sorrows," Verity runs away to the land of Bloem, where she is attracted to the impossibly handsome Alexander Laurent.
  • 7 YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DIE TONIGHT by Kalynn Bayron. (Bloomsbury) Charity, a counselor at a horror-simulation camp, finds herself in a real-life thriller.
  • 8 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.
  • 9 LIGHTLARK by Alex Aster. (Amulet) Every 100 years the island of Lightlark appears and a deadly competition called the Centennial takes place.
  • 10 THE STOLEN HEIR by Holly Black. (Little, Brown) Runaway Queen Suren and Prince Oak embark on a deadly and dangerous mission to the north.

Children's Series - Top 10

  • 1 THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY TRILOGY by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster) A beach house, summer love and enduring friendships.
  • 2 THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic) In a dystopia, a girl fights for survival on live TV.
  • 3 A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Holly Jackson. (Delacorte) Pippa Fitz-Amobi solves murderous crimes.
  • 4 HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling. (Scholastic) A wizard hones his conjuring skills in the service of fighting evil.
  • 5 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet) The travails and challenges of adolescence.
  • 6 PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion) A boy battles mythological monsters.
  • 7 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.
  • 8 THE ONE AND ONLY by Katherine Applegate. (HarperCollins) The stories of Ivan, Bob and Ruby.
  • 9 ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus. (Delacorte) Strange things are afoot at Bayview High School.
  • 10 CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey. (Scholastic) Boys and their principal fight evil.