Each year as we reach November, various groups and organizations start issuing their best-of-the-year lists--the best movies, or the best new electronic gadgets, and always, the best books. You'll find best book lists published by newspapers, magazines, and literary organizations. Here is "SLJ's Best of 2016," for kids and young adults, as was determined by School Library Journal, a review magazine used by school and public librarians across the country. This year their best list includes 66 titles.
If you don't want to watch the whole video, here's the list of the middle grade (ages 8-12) fiction titles. Often, books from the middle grade lists go on to win the Newbury Award in January.
Anderson, John David. Ms. Bixby's Last Day.
Barnhill, Kelly. The Girl Who Drank the Moon. [J BAR]
Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot. [J BRO]
DiCamillo, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. [J DIC]
Erdrich, Louise. Makoons.
Gidwitz, Adam. The Inquisitor's Tale. [J GID]
Grimes, Nikki. Garvey's Choice. [J GRI]
Kelly, Erin Entrada. The Land of Forgotten Girls.
Lin, Grace. When the Sea Turned to Silver. [J LIN]
Peck, Richard. The Best Man. [J PEC]
Pennypacker, Sara. Pax. [J PEN]
Reynolds, Jason. As Brave As You. [J REY]
Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. [J REY]
Wolf, Lauren. Wolf Hollow. [J WOL]
If you have children or teens on your holiday list, use the SLJ's recommendations as a buying guide.