New York Public Library’s Best Books Of 2022 List For The Harlem Holidays

The New York Public Library has unveiled our Best Books of 2022 list.

This almost century-long tradition gives the Library an opportunity to highlight new, diverse, inspiring titles and connect New Yorkers and readers from Harlem to Hollis with books that spark excitement, curiosity, and a love of reading. 

With the holidays just around the corner and many people looking for gift ideas or something new to read on a trip, the Best Books list is especially timely. 

250 plus books spanning all age groups, genres, and formats were selected by expert librarians and staff across the NYPL system (Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island). The lists include Best Books for Kids (100 titles), Mejores libros para pequeños/Best Books for Kids in Spanish (35 titles), Best Books for Teens (50 titles), and Best Books for Adults (75 titles). A Top 10 for each category was chosen. 

The top 10 for each category can be seen below:

Children’s Books

  • Aviva vs. the Dybbuk by Mari Lowe
  • Beauty Woke by NoNieqa Ramos, illustrated by Paola Escobar
  • Blue: A History of the Color As Deep As the Sea and As Wide As the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, illustrated by Daniel Minter
  • Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
  • Nothing Special by Desiree Cooper, illustrated by Bec Sloane
  • Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge, illustrated by Lauren Tamaki
  • Sir Ladybug by Corey R. Tabor
  • Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
  • Ten Blocks to the Big Wok: A Chinatown Counting Book (English and Chinese Edition) by Ying-Hwa Hu
  • Wednesday and Woof #1: Catastrophe by Sherri Winston, illustrated by Gladys Jose

Mejores libros para pequeños/Best Books for Kids in Spanish

  • A veces, yo soy todo lo que necesito by Juliana Perdomo
  • ¡A viajar, semillas! by Lorena Ruiz
  • La casita de Esperanza by Terry Catasús Jennings, illustrated by Raúl Colón
  • La falda morada de Leo by Irma Borges, illustrated by Francesco Fagnani
  • Las gallinas de Sonia by Phoebe Wahl, translated by Laura Piperno and Gema Zamorano 
  • 9 kilómetros by Claudio Aguilera, illustrated by Gabriela Lyon
  • Sábado by Jorge Garza
  • Tengo hambre by Menena Cottin
  • Una noche sin dormir by Micaela Chirif, illustrated by Joaquín Camp
  • Yo no fui by Ana Palmero, illustrated by Alejandra Acosta

Teen Books

Books for Adults

The full list of Best Books can be found at nypl.org/bestbooks

The New York Public Library

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