NYPL's Best Books of 2022: Accessible Versions with BARD & Bookshare Links

By NYPL Staff
November 22, 2022
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
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The New York Public Library is pleased to announce its Best Books of 2022 for kids, teens, and adults! Many of these books are available in one or more accessible formats, as linked below.

If you find it hard to read standard print, The New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Library provides free access to talking books, talking book players, braille, a talking book download website and a free talking book and e-braille app for mobile devices. Learn more and apply.

Note: DB = available on BARD in talking book format and as a mailable talking book. These formats are available through the links, or you can call us at 212-206-5400 to order a physical copy through the mail. Some titles are available through Bookshare and can be found through the Bookshare (BK) link under that title. All Heiskell members can gain access to Bookshare for free.

DB (digital talkingbook) / BK (Bookshare)


The Appeal by Janice Hallett BK

Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments by D. Watkins BK

A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera DB, BK

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes DB, BK

Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake DB, BK

Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery by Casey Parks BK

Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi BK

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir by Séamas O'Reilly BK

Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham BK

Easy Beauty: A Memoir by Chloé Cooper Jones BK

Electric Idol by Katee Robert DB, BK

The Empress and the English Doctor: How Catherine the Great Defied a Deadly Virus by Lucy Ward BK

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland BK

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune DB, BK

The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast by Kirk Wallace Johnson BK

The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang BK

Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi DB

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas DB, BK

Heartbreaker: A Hell's Belles Novel by Sarah MacLean BK

The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere—A Memoir by James Spooner BK

The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon DB, BK

How We Go High in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu DB, BK

The Hurting Kind: Poems by Ada Limón BK

I'll Be You by Janelle Brown BK

Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey BK

Kick the Latch by Kathryn Scanlan BK

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn DB, BK

The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling BK

A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall DB, BK

Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett DB, BK

Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies: A Pies Before Guys Mystery by Misha Popp BK

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras BK

Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison by A.J. Verdelle BK

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher DB

Never Name the Dead by D.M. Rowell BK

O by Zeina Hashem Beck BK

Ordinary Monsters by J. M. Miro DB, BK

The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice by Benjamin Gilmer BK

Path of Totality: Poems by Niina Pollari BK

Shutter by Ramona Emerson BK

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo DB, BK

Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora DB, BK

The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human by Siddhartha Mukherjee BK

The Stand-Up Groomsman by Jackie Lau BK

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin DB, BK

The Trees Witness Everything by Victoria Chang BK

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas DB, BK

What Is Otherwise Infinite: Poems by Bianca Stone BK

When They Tell You to Be Good: A Memoir by Prince Shakur BK

The White Mosque: A Memoir by Sofia Samatar BK

You're Invited by Amanda Jayatissa BK


All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir DB, BK

And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems by Erica Martin BK

As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh BK

Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester BK

Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado BK

Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney BK

Does My Body Offend You? by Mayra Cuevas & Marie Marquardt DB, BK

The Getaway by Lamar Giles BK

A Girl's Guide to Love and Magic by Debbie Rigaud BK

The Girl Who fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh BK

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White DB, BK

The History of the Computer: People, Inventions, and Technology that Changed Our World by Rachel Ignotofsky DB, BK

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala BK

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys DB, BK

I Rise by Marie Arnold BK

The Last Session Vol. 1: Roll for Initiative by Jasmine Walls; illustrated by Dozerdraws BK

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes BK

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum BK

The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta BK

Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle BK

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard DB, BK

Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams DB, BK

Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime by Candace Fleming DB, BK

Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert DB, BK

Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf DB, BK

Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer; illustrated by Jules Zuckerberg DB, BK

Respect the Mic: Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School edited by Hanif Abdurraqib, Franny Choi, Peter Kahn & Dan "Sully" Sullivan BK

Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland BK

The Silence that Binds Us by Joanna Ho BK

So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens BK

Summer's Edge by Dana Mele BK

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas BK

Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson BK

TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo DB, BK

Unequal: A Story of America by Michael Eric Dyson & Marc Favreau DB, BK

Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes & Dawud Anyabwile BK

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson BK

What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise by Dr. Seema Yasmin BK

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb BK


Alias Anna: A True Story of Outwitting the Nazis by Susan Hood with Greg Dawson BK

Aviva vs. the Dybbuk by Mari Lowe BK

Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty; illustrated by David Roberts BK

Beauty Woke by NoNieqa Ramos; illustrated by Paola Escobar BK

Breda's Island by Jessie Ann Foley BK

The Civil War of Amos Abernathy by Michael Leali BK

The Clackity by Lora Senf; illustrated by Alfredo Cáceres BK

Does a Bulldozer Have a Butt? by Derick Wilder; illustrated by K-Fai Steele BK

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander BK

A Duet for Home by Karina Yan Glaser BK

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson BK

Gibberish by Young Vo BK

Gigi and Ojiji by Melissa Iwai BK

I Hate Borsch! by Yevgenia Nayberg BK

How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps by Pamela S. Turner; illustrated by John Gurche BK

In the Beautiful Country by Jane Kuo BK

In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington BK

The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat BK

Last Week by Bill Richardson; illustrated by Emilie Leduc BK

Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee BK

Moonwalking by Zetta Elliott & Lyn Miller-Lachmann BK

Nothing Special by Desiree Cooper; illustrated by Bec Sloane BK

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill BK

Pizza!: A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli DB

The Second Chance of Benjamin Waterfalls by James Bird BK

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge; illustrated by Lauren Tamaki BK

Shot Clock by Caron Butler & Justin A. Reynolds BK

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi BK

The Stars Did Wander Darkling by Colin Meloy; illustrated by Carson Ellis BK

The Tiltersmith by Amy Herrick BK

Troublemaker by John Cho with Sarah Suk BK

Troublemakers in Trousers: Women and What They Wore to Get Things Done by Sarah Albee; illustrated by Kaja Kajfež BK

Tumble by Celia C. Pérez BK

Unfadeable by Maurice Broaddus BK

The Visitors by Greg Howard BK

Wednesday and Woof #1: Catastrophe by Sherri Winston; illustrated by Gladys Jose BK

When Winter Robeson Came by Brenda Woods BK

Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao BK

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