May 23, 2022

The New York Public Library Announces Their Best Books of 2019 Recommendations for Kids, Teens, and Adults

From NYPL:

The New York Public Library announced today their recommendations for the best books of 2019. A total of 260 books were selected by a panel of expert librarians from throughout the system and curated by genre, format, and age. The titles are featured in three lists—100 Best Books for Kids, 50 Best Books for Teens, 100 Best Books for Adults—as well top 10 lists for poetry and Los Mejores Libros para Pequeños (Spanish language books for children), which made their debut this year.

The full list of titles for each group is available online. The website features categories that readers can search to find their next favorite book. Categories range from “short stories” to “animal books for children” to “NYC Stories for teens” and more.

The librarians also selected top 10 books for kids, teens, adults, poetry, and Spanish language books for kids; titles include: The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, a picture book that traces the history and heroes of rap and hip hop; Pet, the fantasy novel for teens by Akwaeke Emezi; the soon-to-be adapted for television Normal People by Sally Rooney (currently a fellow at the Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers); Library of Small Catastrophes, a book of poetry that chronicles the complexities of life by Alison C. Robbins; and a sweet, illustrated picture book about a father-daughter motorcycle ride Mi Papi Tiene Una Moto by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña.

“There’s no question that librarians love to read, but selecting the Library’s best books takes that love of reading to the next level,” said Lynn Lobash, associate director of the Library’s Readers Services team, which regularly offers book recommendations to the public via Twitter, Facebook, and podcast. “It can be a daunting project, staff are inundated with books and yet they read them all, sometimes pulling all-nighters to finish one book and start the next. Throughout the process, their knowledge and insight of specific genres grows deeper and stronger and the results are a thoughtfully curated selection of books that will guide readers and help them find a book that’s right for them—which is the ultimate achievement for a librarian!”

The Library’s top 10 titles from each list (in alphabetical order) are:

Top 10 Children’s Books 

Los Mejores Libros Para Pequeños / Top 10 Spanish Language Books For Children 

Top 10 Teen Books 

Top 10 Adult Books

Top 10 poetry books

Direct to Complete Lists For All Categories

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