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From books for kids, tweens, teens, and young adults to adult books for teens, books by and about Latinxs, graphic novels, audiobooks, DVDs, apps, music, and tech, School Library Journal has covered the best of everything in 2016.

BEST BOOKS 2016

In 2016, several hundred titles received a coveted SLJ star; after much debate and discussion, 66 books were selected by the review editors as the very best of the best. This year’s selections represent the books that opened our minds, lifted our spirits, and helped us see the world with fresh eyes—from the sublime to the uproarious. But what we experienced while reading these outstanding titles is less important than what happens next; our hope is that this list inspires a frenzy of book sharing and discussions. These titles deserve a spot on library shelves, in classrooms, and most of all, in the hands of young readers.

BEST ADULT BOOKS 4 TEENS

Mark Flowers, Sarah Hill, and their team of reviewers select the top adult titles published in 2016 to share with teen readers.

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Selected by the Good Comics for Kids bloggers, these graphic novels published in 2016 are the cream of the crop.

TOP 10 AUDIOBOOKS

These 10 titles, curated by audio editor Stephanie Klose, represent excellent storytelling with exceptional narration and production values.

TOP 10 MUSIC

Must-have albums from 2016, destined to get toes tapping, selected by ClefNotes columnist, Veronica DeFazio.

TOP 10 LATINX BOOKS

Libro por libro contributors Lucia Acosta, Ruth Quiroa, and Tim Wadham select superlative titles about the Latinx experience.

TOP 10 APPS

Daryl Grabarek, SLJ’s resident app guru, curates a stellar list of the best educational and story apps produced in the past year.

TOP 10 TECH

Our picks, curated by SLJ executive editor Kathy Ishizuka, highlight leading tech trends, with an eye toward the future.

TOP 10 DVDs

Kent Turner, SLJ’s DVD editor, hand-picked these top-shelf productions that offer educational—as well as entertainment—value.

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