Booklist’s 2020 Top of the List and Editors’ Choice announced

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/14/2020


Melissa Carr

Marketing Director


American Library Association

CHICAGO — Every January, Booklist publishes Editors’ Choice: lists of the best adult and youth books, and audiobooks of the past year. From these lists, we further select what we call the Top of the List: the single best title in seven categories—adult fiction, adult nonfiction, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, youth picture book, and adult and youth audiobooks. For the first time, Booklist will name Top of the List winners for Graphic Novels for Adult and Youth. 

Booklist has selected the 2020 Top of the List titles, the single best title in nine categories - adult nonfiction, adult fiction, adult graphic novel, adult audiobook, youth nonfiction, youth fiction, youth picture book, youth graphic novel, and youth audiobook. These nine titles were picked from Booklist’s larger best of 2020 list, Editors’ Choice.  These lists are available in categories: Adult Books, Adult Books for Young Adults, Audio Adult, Books for Youth, Youth Audio, and Graphic Novels, the lists will be prominently featured in the December 15 edition of Booklist’s Read Alert Newsletter, as well as the January 2021 print issue.  

Adult Top of the List

The very first Top of the List in Graphic Novels for Adults:

"Year of the Rabbit." By Tian Veasna. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Helge Dascher. (Drawn & Quarterly)

Top of the List Fiction:

"These Ghosts Are Family." By Maisy Card. (Simon & Schuster)

Top of the List Nonfiction:

"Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration." By Morgan Jerkins. (Harper)

Youth Top of the List

The very first Top of the List in Graphic Novels for Youth:

"Dragon Hoops." By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. By Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien. (First Second)

Top of the List Picture Book:

"Nana Akua Goes to School." By Tricia Elam Walker. Illus. by April Harrison.(Random House/Schwartz & Wade)

Top of the List Youth Nonfiction:

"All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team." By Christina Soontornvat. (Candlewick)

Top of the List Youth Fiction:

"Burn." By Patrick Ness. (Harper/Quill Tree)

Audio Top of the List

Adult Audio: 

"The Girl with the Louding Voice." By Abi Daré. Read by Adjoa Andoh. (Books on Tape).

Youth Audio: 

"Clap When You Land." By Elizabeth Acevedo. Read by the author and Melania Luisa Marte. (Recorded Books).     

The full Editors’ Choice lists will be available on December 10, 2020 in Adult Books, Adult Books for Young Adults, Audio Adult, Books for Youth, and Youth Audio.

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