Best Books of 2018: Children’s Books

Although the year has been a challenging one, the effervescent world of children’s literature has been filled with diverse voices, messages of hope and plenty of silliness. Here are our editors’ picks for the 30 best children’s books of 2018.


Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell, illustrated by Corinna Luyken

Baby Monkey Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Brave Enough for Two by Jonathan D. Voss

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

A House that Once Was by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith

Imagine! by Raúl Colón

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Mabel and Sam at Home by Linda Urban, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

The Rough Patch by Brian Lies

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

The Visitor by Antje Damm



The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin 

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo 

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Rebound by Kwame Alexander 

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

A Stitch in Time by Daphne Kalmar

Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie

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