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Best Books of 2021: Home

Best Books of 2021

              

See a list of the best books of the year the library has purchased, ready to check out or on order

Or search the library's catalog to see if we have a copy of a book you find on these lists.

Best Books of 2021

See lists of best books of the year from editors of the publications below


Check the Vermont State Colleges libraries' catalog to locate or request books.  The Castleton library doesn't own all of the books on the best books lists, but if there are some you think we should purchase, let us know. To borrow an item owned by the Johnson, Lyndon or Hartness libraries, click on "Place Request (Castleton)"  and log in.

Links will be added as the list from that publisher is announced.


Editors' Choices

The 10 Best Books of 2021 from the New York Times

100 Notable Books of 2021 from the New York Times

The 10 Best Books of 2021 from the Washington Post

Best Books of 2021 from Library Journal

Best Books of 2021 from Publisher's Weekly

Booklist Editors' Choice 2021

NPR's Book Concierge's 2021 Selections

Best of 2021 from Kirkus     Fiction  |  Nonfiction


Voters' Choice Awards

GoodReads Choice Awards 2021


Literary Awards

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Kirkus Prize

The Booker Prize

The Booker International Prize

National Book Award    Fiction | Nonfiction

Nobel Prize for Literature 2021

PEN Literary Awards

Pulitzer Prizes


Kids' Books

Booklist Editors' Choice Books for Youth 2021

School Library Journal's Best Books 2021

Horn Book Fanfare

2021 Notable Books for Children from the Association for Library Service to Children

Best of 2021 from Kirkus     Picture Books | Middle Grade | Young Adult

Best Books 2021 from Publisher's Weekly     Picture Books | Middle Grade | Young Adult

The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2021 from the New York Times

National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Cumulative list

Ultimate Best Books of 2021 List from LitHub.com

Best Books of the Decade

Lists from LitHub.com

Interlibrary loan

To request a book not owned by Castleton (for CU students, faculty, staff)

To request a book found in the Library Catalog, but held at another VSC library, click on "Place Request (Castleton)." 

For books not available in the VSC library system, search WorldCat (access from library website or research guide or this link) for the book and click on "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan," or use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form to enter information about the book (you will be prompted to log in to our Interlibrary Loan System using your Portal username and password). Pay attention to your Castleton email for follow-up.


Questions about interlibrary loan policies and procedures?
Kimberly Bailey at (802) 468-6062