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Early Readers (Infants and Toddlers)
Cats Cats Cats
Favorite Picture Books
Favorite Beginning Readers

Ages 5 and up (Elementary School)
Be Kind to Animals
The Best American Children's Books Written in the Last 25 Years
Funny Fiction for Kids
If Then for Elementary School
Ramona Readalikes
Sassy Sidekicks of Children's Literature
Summer Reads

Ages 10 and up (Upper Elementary School and Middle School)
Middle School Must-Haves
Be Kind to Animals
Books for Early Teens
The Best American Children's Books Written in the Last 25 Years
Classic Picks from Postergirlz
Comedies for Tweens and Teens
Contemporary Sci-Fi for Kids and Teens
Fairy Nice
Full of Grace
Funny Fiction for Kids
Gifted Middle School Readers
If Then for Middle School
Monster Mash
Shakespeare Spinoffs
Sing Sing Sing
Summer Reads
Tween Time (Timely)
Tough Issues for Teens

Ages 13 and up (Upper Middle School and High School)
After Graduation
Books for Early Teens
But I Don't Want to Be Famous!
But I DO Want to Be Famous!
Classic Picks from Postergirlz
Comedies for Tweens and Teens
Coming-of-Age Novels aka Bildungsromans
Contemporary Sci-Fi for Kids and Teens
For Struggling High School Readers
Full of Grace
I Am a Dancer
If Then for Teens
Male Protagonists in Teen Fiction
Mind Readers and Ghostly Visitors
Monster Mash
Quick Reads and Short Stories
Set in School and Transition Times
Shakespeare Spinoffs
Sing Sing Sing
So You Want to Read YA?
Teen Mystery and Horror
Terrific Teen Series and Sequences
Tough Issues for Teens
Vamping It Up

Themes and Topics (Various Ages)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Adoption in Juvenile Fiction
Banned Books
Cats Cats Cats
Chain Mail and Chain Letters
Cooking Up a Storm
Dear Diary
Extra! Extra!
Fairy Tales Retold
Fantasy Novels for Kids and Teens
Filmmakers in Fiction
From a Land Down Under
Go Gothic
Hey There, Sports Fan
I Am a Dancer
I'm With the Band
More to Life (or, Bigger than a Breadbox)
(Mostly) Realistic Graphic Novels
Multiple Narrators
Peter Pan and Friends
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Person
Precious Rubies
Quirky Characters
Road Trip
Set in School
Shakespeare Spinoffs
Sing Sing Sing
Sleuths and Spies
Social Science
Spring Stories
Social Class
Strong Women
Suggested Sets
Their Favorite Books
Time Travel
Tough Issues for Teens
Verse Novels

Best Books Read Per Month and Year

Best Books of 2019
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019

Best Books of 2018
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018

Best Books of 2017
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017

Best Books of 2016
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016

Best Books of 2015
December 2015
November 2015

October 2015
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August 2015
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June 2015
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April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015

Best Books of 2014

December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014

Best Books of 2013
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
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April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013

Best Books of 2012
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012

Best Books of 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011

Best Books of 2010
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010

July 2010
June 2010
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February 2010
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Best Books of 2009
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
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August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
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Best Books of 2008
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
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May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
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Best Books of 2007
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007

Best Books of 2006
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
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June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006

Best Books of 2005

Imprint and Project Spotlights
Candy Apple
Class of 2k7
Class of 2k8
Class of 2k9
MTV Books
Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies

Series Spotlights
The Alice McKinley books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Baby-Sitters Club and Ann M. Martin
The Baby-Sitters Club: What the BSC Means to Me
The Baby-Sitters Club: Survey Says
The Body of Evidence series by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala
Juvenile Series of the 80s and 90s
Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys
Terrific Teen Series and Sequences
The Zibby Payne series by Alison Bell
Additional posts about book series

Author Spotlights
Deb Caletti
Lauren Child
Catherine Clark
Rachel Cohn
Sarah Dessen
Christopher Golden
Maureen Johnson
Melissa Lion
Ann M. Martin
Wendy Mass
L.M. Montgomery
Peter Reynolds
Megan Shull

So You Want to Read YA?

Books for the Ages: or, Why I Don't Use the Term MG
I Think YA is Great!
No-Name Calling Week
Mining the Field and Challenging Readers
They Tried to Ban This Book Today, or, There's a Sticker on the Cover of This Book
Reader Resonance
Just Say No to Gender Bias
Thankful for the Public Library
Support and Save Sheltered Animals
Timestamps: Books Getting Dated (or Not) by Pop Culture References
Ghosts, Shapeshifters, and Vampires, Oh My!
Book Cooks: Cream of Mushroom Pasta or Rice
Tolerance Instead of Censorship: Showing Love for Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle
Be Your Own Superhero, inspired by Legacy by Tom Sniegoski
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Literary Initials
Gender Bias: Holiday Gifts
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Roundtable Book Discussions
He Said, She Said: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Readergirlz Roundtable: Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
Readergirlz Roundtable: Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
Readergirlz Roundtable: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
Readergirlz Roundable: Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
Readergirlz Roundtable: The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
Readergirlz Roundtable: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Readergirlz Roundtable: Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce
Readergirlz Roundtable: Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell
Readergirlz Roundtable: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Roundtable: The Boys are Back in Town by Christopher Golden
Readergirlz Roundtable: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Readergirlz Roundtable: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
He Said, She Said: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Readergirlz Roundtable: Red Glass by Laura Resau
Readergirlz Roundtable: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Readergirlz Roundtable: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Readergirlz Roundtable: No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia
He Said, She Said: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Readergirlz Roundtable: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
He Said, She Said: Soulless by Christopher Golden
Readergirlz Roundtable: Popularity
Readergirlz Roundtable: Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White
He Said, She Said: Poison Ink by Christopher Golden
Roundtable: Sarah Dessen Novels
Roundtable: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Readergirlz Roundtable: Good Enough by Paula Yoo
He Said, She Said: Play Me by Laura Ruby
Roundtable: Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Readergirlz Roundtable: Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Readergirlz Roundtable: Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Readergirlz Roundtable: Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
Readergirlz Roundtable: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Readergirlz Roundtable: A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian
Roundtable: Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn

Book Playlists
Playlist: Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley
Playlist: Goy Crazy by Melissa Schorr
Playlist: I Was a Teenage Popsicle by Bev Katz Rosenbaum
Playlist: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Playlist: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Playlist: Prowlers by Christopher Golden
Playlist: Readergirlz
Playlist: Revenge of the Cheerleaders by Janette Rallison
Playlist: Seven Deadly Sins by Robin Wasserman Playlist: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Playlist: Spring Awakening
Playlist: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Playlist: Tithe / Valiant / Ironside by Holly Black
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Awards and Nominations - Various Ages
ALA Awards 2007
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers 2008
The Cybils: 2006 Young Adult Nominations
The Cybils: 2006 Young Adult Hall of Fame
The Cybils: 2006 Young Adult Finalists
The Cybils: 2007 Middle Grade Nominations
The Cybils: 2007 Middle Grade Hall of Fame
The Cybils: 2007 Middle Grade Finalists
The Cybils: 2007 Young Adult Nominations
The Cybils: 2007 Winners
Newbery Winners and Honors
NYPL Books for the Teen Age 2007