The New York Public Library Unveils Its Best Books of 2018 for Kids, Teens, and Adults

If you’re looking for some good reads to end the year, or even some good gift ideas, then check out this list from the New York Public Library for some inspiration. Librarians from across The New York Public Library system nominated, discussed, and selected their best books of 2018 for children, teens, and adults.

The Library released three lists today — 100 Best Books for Kids, 50 Best Books for Teens, 100 Best Books for Adults  – that feature a total of 250 books curated by genre, format, and age. Categories range from “folk tales” to “graphic novels for teens” to “books for art lovers” and more, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

Check out the top 10 from each category below:

Top 10 children’s books of 2018

  • Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

  • The Funeral by Matt James

  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

  • Inkling by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith

  • Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera

  • Night Job by Karen Hesse, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

  • Old Misery by James Sage, illustrated by Russell Ayto

  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

  • Stella Díaz Has Something To Say by Angela Dominguez

  • Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hale

Top 10 teen books of 2018

  • Check, Please! #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

  • Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

  • Fatal Throne by M.T. Anderson, et. Al.

  • Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi

  • X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor

Top 10 adult books of 2018

  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

  • Circe by Madeline Miller

  • French Exit by Patrick deWitt

  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

  • If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

  • I’ll Be Gone In the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

  • A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

  • There There by Tommy Orange

  • Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

The list of titles for each age group is available online at and sorts the selections into a wide range of categories.

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