ALA Notable Books for Children 2016

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. According to ALSC policy, the current year’s Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books automatically are added to the Notable Children’s Books list.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

by Marika McCoola / Emily Carroll

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by Daniel Miyares


Lenny & Lucy

by Philip C. Stead / Erin E. Stead


Leo: A Ghost Story

by Mac Barnett / Christian Robinson


My Two Blankets

by Irena Kobald / Freya Blackwood


Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D. Schmidt

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Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

by Laurel Snyder / Julie Morstad

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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson / R. Gregory Christie

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The Marvels

by Brian Selznick

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by Kevin Henkes

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