Among the many best books lists that come out at this time of the year, perhaps the most contentious are the children's picks. Nonetheless, there is some agreement. The following are titles picked by 6 or more of nine major sources, from The Boston Globe to the Washington Post, plus one bonus selection, for a total of twelve.
- Boston Globe, Top 10 Children's Books = BG
- Kirkus = Kirkus
- NYT Ill. = NYT Book Review, Best Illustrated Books
- NYT Not. = NYT Book Review, Notable Childrens Books
- PW = Publishers Weekly
- SLJ = School Library Journal
- Wa Po = Washington Post (15)