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Notable Book Lists

Most JLG Gold Standard selections go on to win awards, get starred reviews, and are recognized in industry in outstanding book lists compiled by associations, review periodicals, librarians, and readers Take a look!
Best Books of 2017

Chicago Public Library recommends the Best of the Best, our selections of the very best books published in 2017. Every year, our librarians evaluate the year’s new books and select the very best for Chicagoans—making these the only booklists for Chicago, by Chicago. Happy reading!


The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2017

Twenty JLG Gold Standard selections made this list of 25 books!

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Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2018

Eight JLG Gold Standard selections made the list!

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The Washington Post Books We Love So Far in 2017

Four of our favorites are listed.

Industry Journals

Horn Book Fanfare List:
Best Books of 2017

Two dozen JLG titles were chosen by Fanfare, The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year.

School Library Journal’s
Best Books 2017

See the JLG titles that made the list.

Top 10 Books for Youth 2018

See the JLG Gold Standard selections that are on the 2018 list!

Popular Picks

ALA Notable Books
for Children 2018

See how many of our favorites
made the annual best-of list!

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2018

17 JLG Gold Standard selections
made the list of outstanding children’s science trade books.

YALSA Best Fiction for
Young Adults 2018

42 of our favorites are on
YALSA’s best fiction list!

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