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Happy Holidays and “Best of 2013”

We’re wishing you all a peaceful and joyous holiday season. We’ll be back with a regular posting on January 6, but in the meantime we wanted to share a collection of “Best of 2013” lists. Please feel free to add to our collection of links by submitting a favorite “best of” listing of your own in a comment.
We’d like to extend our deep appreciation to the teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, and publishers who join us in our efforts to put wonderful books in the hands of children. 

Happy New Year to all!
Best of 2013
Horn Book Fanfare 2013
New York Times Best Illustrated Books 2013
New York Times Notable Books of 2013
Kirkus Reviews: Best Children’s Books of 2013
School Library Journal: Best of 2013
Publisher’s Weekly: Best Children’s Books of 2013
NSTA: Outstanding Science Trade Books K-12: 2014
Parents Magazine: Top Titles: 2013 Parents Best Children’s Books
School Library Journal’s Top Ten Apps of 2013
Erika Thulin Dawes About Erika Thulin Dawes

Erika is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy supervisor, she now teaches courses in children’s literature, early literacy, and literacy methods. Erika is the co-author of Learning to Write with Purpose, Teaching with Text Sets, and Teaching to Complexity.


  1. Another worthwhile list from The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature.