Chicago Public Library Best of the Best: KidsFiction for Older Readers

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Other Names: Chicago Public Library Kids Best of the Best Books
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Each year, a team of CPL librarians evaluates the year’s new books and selects the best books for Chicago's kids. Check out our lists to find your next favorite book.
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Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow2023
We Still Belong by Christine Day2023
The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers2023
Not an Easy Win by Chrystal D. Giles2023
Dear Mothman by Robin Gow2023
Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera2023
Ellie Engle Saves Herself by Leah Johnson2023
Good Different by Meg Eden Kuyatt2023
Ghost Book by Remy Lai2023
A Work in Progress by Jarrett Lerner2023
The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels by Beth Lincoln2023
Hands by Torrey Maldonado2023
Salsa Magic by Letisha Marrero2023
The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine by Katherine Marsh2023
Aniana del Mar Jumps In by Jasminne Mendez2023
The Mossheart's Promise by Rebecca Mix2023
The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri2023
Montgomery and the Case of the Golden Key by Tracy Occomy Crowder2023
World Made of Glass by Ami Polonsky2023
What Happened to Rachel Riley? by Claire Swinarski2023
Parachute Kids: A Graphic Novel by Betty C. Tang2023
The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas2023
Greenwild: The World Behind the Door by Pari Thomson2023
The Beautiful Something Else by Ash Van Otterloo2023
Mascot by Charles Waters2023
Finally Seen by Kelly Yang2023
Fibbed by Elizabeth Agyemang2022
The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander2022
The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill2022
Caprice by Coe Booth2022
Unfadeable by Maurice Broaddus2022
Karthik Delivers by Sheela Chari2022
Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas2022
Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros2022
Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo2022
A Duet for Home by Karina Yan Glaser2022
Wildoak by C. C. Harrington2022
Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone by Tae Keller2022
Answers in the Pages by David Levithan2022
In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington2022
Holler of the Fireflies by David Barclay Moore2022
Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega2022
Nikhil Out Loud by Maulik Pancholy2022
Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack2022
Tumble by Celia C. Pérez2022
Simon B. Rhymin' Takes a Stand (Simon B. Rhymin’, 2) by Dwayne Reed2022
Three Strike Summer by Skyler Schrempp2022
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat2022
The Tryout: A Graphic Novel by Christina Soontornvat2022
The Best Liars in Riverview by Lin Thompson2022
The Lost Ryu by Emi Watanabe Cohen2022
Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution by Sherri Winston2022
Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee2022
Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron2020
Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar2020
A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner2020
Catherine's War by Julia Billet2020
The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling2020
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2020
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender2020
Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros2020
The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert2020
Class Act by Jerry Craft2020
Santiago's Road Home by Alexandra Diaz2020
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson2020
Twins by Varian Johnson2020
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit2020
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller2020
We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly2020
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim2020
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh2020
Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte2020
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks2020
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia2020
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park2020
Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes2020
Go with the Flow by Karen Schneemann2020
Doodleville by Chad Sell2020
The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead2020
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk2020
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson2020
The Prettiest by Brigit Young2020
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews2019
Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide2019
The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus2019
New Kid by Jerry Craft2019
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day2019
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez2019
Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt2019
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata2019
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly2019
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai2019
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee2019
For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington2019
Not If I Can Help It by Carolyn Mackler2019
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia2019
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis2019
The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy2019
A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry2019
How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons2019
Good Enough: A Novel by Jen Petro-Roy2019
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez2019
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds2019
Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange2019
All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker2019
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman2019
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga2019
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams2019
Rebound by Kwame Alexander2018
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M. T. Anderson2018
Endling #1: The Last by Katherine Applegate2018
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden2018
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier2018
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake2018
Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks2018
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya2018
So Done by Paula Chase2018
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi2018
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome2018
Illegal by Eoin Colfer2018
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor2018
Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz2018
The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton2018
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani2018
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson2018
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller2018
Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh2018
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina2018
Echo's Sister by Paul Mosier2018
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock2018
The House in Poplar Wood by K. E. Ormsbee2018
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes2018
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson2018
Front Desk by Kelly Yang2018
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate2017
The Wonderling by Mira Bartok2017
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling2017
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya2017
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani2017
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova2017
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee2017
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser2017
Refugee by Alan Gratz2017
One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale2017
Real Friends by Shannon Hale2017
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly2017
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan2017
Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King2017
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore2017
Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh2017
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez2017
Patina by Jason Reynolds2017
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby2017
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder2017
The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley2017
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain2017
Speed of Life by Carol Weston2017
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia2017
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk2017
The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen2016
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson2016
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill2016
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin2016
Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley2016
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal) by Jeffrey Brown2016
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown2016
Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg2016
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg2016
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart2016
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz2016
Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes2016
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks2016
The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy2016
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi2016
The Best Man by Richard Peck2016
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds2016
Ghost by Jason Reynolds2016
Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich2016
Once Was a Time by Leila Sales2016
The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman2016
Dara Palmer's Major Drama by Emma Shevah2016
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks2016
The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White2016
The Haunting of Falcon House by Eugene Yelchin2016
Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks2015
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett2015
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin2015
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman2015
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2015
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova2015
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper2015
The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan2015
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton2015
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman2015
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson2015
Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin2015
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord2015
The Lunch Witch by Deb Lucke2015
Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola2015
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall2015
All the Answers by Kate Messner2015
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen2015
The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey2015
The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York by Geoff Rodkey2015
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan2015
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar2015
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands2015
The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan Long Shang2015
Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith2015
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead2015
Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang2015
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh2015
I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora2014
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander2014
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier2014
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill2014
Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits by Michael D. Beil2014
El Deafo by Cece Bell2014
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne2014
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis2014
Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier2014
Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge2014
Nest by Esther Ehrlich2014
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald2014
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee2014
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff2014
Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper2014
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer2014
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm2014
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson2014
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson2014
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy2014
Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin2014
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin2014
Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai2014
Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins2014
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney2014
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky2014
West of the Moon by Margi Preus2014
The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan2014
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier2014
Loot by Jude Watson2014
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt2013
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett2013
Doll Bones by Holly Black2013
Jinx by Sage Blackwood2013
Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg2013
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo2013
Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger2013
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle2013
Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz2013
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein2013
Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington2013
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes2013
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata2013
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur2013
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal2013
Road Trip by Gary Paulsen2013
Mysterious Traveler by Mal Peet2013
The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus2013
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff2013
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan2013
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake2013
Paperboy by Vince Vawter2013
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia2013
Love, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada2012
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate2012
Almost Home by Joan Bauer2012
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce2012
Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child2012
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton2012
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis2012
The Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser2012
Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure (Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms) by Lissa Evans2012
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans2012
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke2012
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz2012
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy2012
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen2012
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles2012
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin2012
Son by Lois Lowry2012
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano2012
The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash2012
The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet2012
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen2012
Wonder by R. J. Palacio2012
Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love by Gary Paulsen2012
Cold Cereal by Adam Rex2012
Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey2012
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer2012
"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket2012
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead2012
Drama: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier2012
Applewhites at Wit's End by Stephanie S. Tolan2012
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner2012
Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger2011
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer2011
Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne2011
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko2011
Stir It Up: A Novel by Ramin Ganeshram2011
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos2011
True (. . . Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan2011
Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur2011
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lại2011
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine2011
We Are Not Eaten by Yaks by C. Alexander London2011
We Dine With Cannibals by C. Alexander London2011
Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon2011
Wildwood by Colin Meloy2011
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy2011
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness2011
Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor2011
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor2011
Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney2011
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz2011
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt2011
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens2011
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu2011
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente2011
Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson2010
Keeper by Kathi Appelt2010
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce2010
Is It Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman2010
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper2010
Reckless by Cornelia Funke2010
Rise of the Ninja by Simon Higgins2010
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm2010
The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt2010
Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow2010
Chasing Orion by Kathryn Lasky2010
Scumble by Ingrid Law2010
The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone2010
Trash by Andy Mulligan2010
The Toymaker by Jeremy De Quidt2010
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes2010
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan2010
Boys without Names by Kashmira Sheth2010
Smile by Raina Telgemeier2010
As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks2010
Countdown by Deborah Wiles2010
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia2010


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