Across SLJ’s Best Books 2019 list, readers will find tender and joyful celebrations of families and intergenerational friendships, delightfully goofy series installments, deft and poignant coming-of-age narratives, wildly original speculative fiction, and revelatory informational works that shatter false mythologies. This year, we invited select reviewers and experts to serve on subcommittees, each chaired by an in-house editor, thereby broadening the scope of books considered and culminating in an outstanding collection of 92 titles spanning picture books, transitional chapter books, middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, and graphic novels.

From SLJ's December Best Books "stars" cover.
Illustration by Raul the Third with color by Elaine Bay