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Best Books 2015, Happy New Year 2016

Photo by Mary Ann Cappiello

We wish all of you a peaceful and joyous holiday season. On January 4th, we’ll be back with a regular posting. In the meantime, we wanted to share a collection of “Best of 2015” 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 look forward to the full slate of ALA Youth Media Awards being announced on Monday, January 11th. Even if you are far from Boston, you and your students can watch the awards announcement live via webcast. 

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!
Katie, Grace,  Erika, and Mary Ann 

Best of 2015
Click on each title for the full list. 

NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children 2016

NCTE’s Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children 2016
** This year, for the first time, the Orbis Pictus and Charlotte Huck Awards were announced at the annual NCTE Convention.

Horn Book Fanfare 2015

Mary Ann Cappiello About Mary Ann Cappiello

Mary Ann is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former public school language arts and humanities teacher, she is a passionate advocate for and commentator on children’s books. Mary Ann is the co-author of Teaching with Text Sets and Teaching to Complexity.


  1. Great post!! Thanks for all you do and have a happy holiday!