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Best Kids Books of the Year 2022

There were so many wonderful books for young readers published in 2022. Here are the ones that our staff selected as the best of the year. Click on each title or book cover to read our staff recommendation. Don't miss our other Best Books of the Year lists here.

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Chirri & Chirra, in the Night By Kaya Doi (Created by), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Kaya Doi (Created by), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592703845
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - December 27th, 2022

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Dear Wild Child: You Carry Your Home Inside You By Wallace J. Nichols, Wallace Grayce Nichols, Drew Beckmeyer (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781951836467
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Published: Cameron Kids - August 9th, 2022

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Patchwork By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984813961
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316528948
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

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The World Belonged to Us By Jacqueline Woodson, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399545498
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 10th, 2022

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Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle By Nina LaCour, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nina LaCour, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536211511
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Published: Candlewick - March 29th, 2022

Hot Dog By Doug Salati Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593308431
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2022

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Luli and the Language of Tea By Andrea Wang, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446148
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Published: Neal Porter Books - May 24th, 2022

Bathe the Cat By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452142708
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 8th, 2022

A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters By Duncan Tonatiuh Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419749421
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 15th, 2022

Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Daniel Minter (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984894366
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 15th, 2022

Listen to the Language of the Trees: A story of how forests communicate underground By Tera Kelley, Marie Hermansson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tera Kelley, Marie Hermansson (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781728232171
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Published: Dawn Publications - March 1st, 2022

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Fish and Wave (I Can Read Comics Level 1) By Sergio Ruzzier, Sergio Ruzzier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sergio Ruzzier, Sergio Ruzzier (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780063076662
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Published: HarperAlley - May 17th, 2022

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Sir Ladybug By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063069060
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 29th, 2022

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Oh, Sal By Kevin Henkes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063244924
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 27th, 2022

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The Door of No Return By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316441865
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

Maizy Chen's Last Chance By Lisa Yee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984830258
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2022

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Those Kids from Fawn Creek By Erin Entrada Kelly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062970350
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 8th, 2022

New from Here By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534488304
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2022

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The Ogress and the Orphans By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643750743
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

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Moonflower By Kacen Callender Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338636598
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 6th, 2022

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Three Strike Summer By Skyler Schrempp Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534499140
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 30th, 2022

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Attack of the Black Rectangles By A. S. King Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338680522
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 6th, 2022

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler By Ibi Zoboi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399187384
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 25th, 2022

The Golden Hour By Niki Smith Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316540339
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 23rd, 2021

Swim Team By Johnnie Christmas, Johnnie Christmas (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063056763
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Published: HarperAlley - May 17th, 2022

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Mamo By Sas Milledge Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684158171
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Published: BOOM! Box - April 19th, 2022

The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063084087
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 10th, 2022

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How to Excavate a Heart By Jake Maia Arlow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063078727
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Published: HarperTeen - November 1st, 2022

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Ain't Burned All the Bright By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534439467
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 11th, 2022

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Loveless By Alice Oseman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338751932
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2022

All My Rage: A Novel By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593202340
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Published: Razorbill - March 1st, 2022

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Abuela, Don't Forget Me By Rex Ogle Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781324019954
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Published: Norton Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

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Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780063067769
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

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The Well By Jake Wyatt, Choo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jake Wyatt, Choo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626724143
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Published: First Second - May 24th, 2022

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Squire By Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh (Illustrator), Sara Alfageeh Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062945846
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 8th, 2022

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