Best of Kids' and YA 2022

I’m not excited at all. Well, maybe a little. OK, I’m EXCITEDDD. Because once again it’s time to announce our favorite kids’ and young adult books of the year! And this year’s list has it all! Magical stories, love stories, family sagas, tales of home and school, gothic mysteries, and Victorian noirs. It has demon swarms, witches-in-training, forbidden forests, time-stealing monsters, very hungry trolls, lizard people, questing rabbits, and two different picture books featuring big-hearted owls. And more. Lots more. With topics like race and culture, gender identity and sexuality, disability, friendship and family, with themes ranging from hope and resilience to finding community to finding your true self, here come our favorite kids’ and young adult books of 2022! We hope you can see just why these books make us just a little, just a tiny, just a miniscule bit EXCITEDDD — and we hope they’ll be favorites for you too.
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For Younger Kids
For Older Kids
For Young Adults