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From books for kids, tweens, teens, and young adults to adult books for teens, graphic novels, audiobooks, DVDs, apps, and music, School Library Journal has covered the best of everything in 2017.

BEST BOOKS 2017

We read. We debated. We maybe even cried. Culling 71 of the best books for children and teens in any given year is no easy feat, and this year we had a surfeit of stellar offerings to choose from. Out of the approximately 428 starred books of 2017, the SLJ reviews editors had the difficult task of singling out the works that would stand the test of time. We considered as many genres and formats as we could and tried to find something for the entire K–12 age range. More than our own personal favorites, these are the works that rose to the top as titles that should have a spot on all library shelves. We hope readers will not only use our top picks as a checklist but also share it with students, teachers, and caregivers—these books make great gifts!

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BEST ADULT BOOKS 4 TEENS

Mark Flowers, Sarah Hill, and their team of reviewers select the top adult titles published in 2017 to share with teen readers.

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Selected by the Good Comics for Kids bloggers, these graphic novels published in 2017 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 De Fazio.

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 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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