Every year, librarians and staff at The New York Public Library select noteworthy new books for readers of all ages and recommend them as our Best Books of the Year. These lists continue the Library’s century-old tradition of recommending the best-loved titles published for children each year, and in recent years have expanded to encompass titles for teens and adults, as well as books in Spanish for younger readers. They have always sought to reflect the diversity of New York City's readership and encompass fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, poetry, and much more.
Here you can explore the Library's top 10 books in four categories: books for kids, books in Spanish for kids, books for teens, and books for adults. You can find even more outstanding recommendations in our complete lists for kids, teens, and adults, and discover which Best Books titles are available in accessible editions, and explore our list of book in Spanish for kids en español.
Our full lists are also available to download so you can keep track of which ones you've read: