Chicago Public Library recommends the Best of the Best, our selections of the very best books published in 2017. Every year, our librarians evaluate the year’s new books and select the very best for Chicagoans—making these the only booklists for Chicago, by Chicago. Happy reading!
- Top Ten: Fiction and nonfiction
- Best Books: Fiction and nonfiction
For teens in high school
- Board Books: For the first time, we recommend board books for our youngest book lovers.
- Picture Books: For kids from birth to third grade
- Fiction for Younger Readers: For kids in kindergarten through third grade
- Informational Books for Younger Readers: For kids in kindergarten through third grade
- Fiction for Older Readers: For kids in third through eighth grade
- Informational Books for Older Readers: For kids in third through eighth grade
In the News
Hear more about this year’s Best of the Best from Andrew Medlar, CPL’s assistant chief of technology, content and innovation:
- WCIU-TV: Chicago Public Library: Best of the Best Books for the Holidays
- WBEZ-FM: Chicago Public Library Releases Annual List of Top Books