Children's Books of the Year 2016: Our Picks

By Katherine Woodfine | 07 January, 2017

Following our 2016 Christmas Special, check out the full list of our favourite children's books of 2016!


Baby and Novelty Books

Steven: Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett

Melissa: Garden Sounds by Sam Taplin and Federica Iossa

Louise: Illuminature by Rachel Williams and Carnovsky

Katherine: Usborne Slot Together Theatre by Anna Milbourne, Jamey Christoph and  Jenny Hilbourne


Picture Books

Kate: The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie

Steven: Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Grey and Jim Field, You Must Bring a Hat by Kate Hindley and Simon Philip and Odd Bods by Steven Burtler and Jarvis

Melissa: A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Louise: Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Katherine: King Baby by Kate Beaton



Melinda: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Milwood Hargreave

Kate: Little Bits of Sky by S E Durrant and Katie Harnett

Steven and Katherine: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Louise: Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

Melissa: The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd and Levi Pinfold


Young Adult

Melinda: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and The Graces by Laure Eve

Melissa: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland and Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Kate: One by Sarah Crossan

Louise: Never Evers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Katherine:  The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew and Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff



Melissa: A Poem for Every Night of the Year edited by Allie Esiri

Louise: The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill

Kate: The Way Things Work (new edition) by David Macaulay and Neil Ardley

Melinda: Botanicum by Kathy Willis and Katie Scott

Katherine: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst


New discovery or rediscovery

Steven: Hiding Heidi by Fiona Woodcock and Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss and Fiona Woodcock

Kate: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Melinda: The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

Louise: Diana Wynne Jones

Melissa: The Caravan Family by Enid Blyton

Katherine: The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken


Listen to our 2016 Christmas Special for more on all of these books or check out some top children's books editors discussing their favourite books of the year.