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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!

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      Far from the Tree

      by Robin Benway

      Mar 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      Teen Fiction

      The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse

      by Mac Barnett

      Feb 2018

      Easy Reading

      Picture Books

      Sing, Unburied, Sing

      by Jesmyn Ward

      Feb 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Best Adult, Top 10

      Before She Was Harriet

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Informational Books for Younger Readers

      Life on Surtsey, Iceland’s Upstart Island

      by Loree Griffin Burns

      Feb 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Informational Books for Older Readers

      Home Fire: A Novel

      by Kamila Shamsie

      Jan 2018

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Best Adult

      Wild Beauty

      by Anna-Marie McLemore

      Jan 2018

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Teen Fiction

      Spinning

      by Tillie Walden

      Jan 2018

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Teen Graphic Novels and Manga

      The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

      by Mark Twain

      Jan 2018

      Intermediate Readers

      Fiction for Older Readers

      Zoo Scientists to the Rescue

      by Patricia Newman

      Jan 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Informational Books for Older Readers

      Sourdough: A Novel

      by Robin Sloan

      Dec 2017

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Best Adult

      Release: A Novel

      by Patrick Ness

      Dec 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Teen Fiction
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