Every year, the editors of Booklist magazine prepare a set of Editors' Choice lists. These lists contain dozens of great reads representative of the year's most outstanding books. Books included on these lists balance popular appeal with intellectual, literary, and aesthetic excellence.
The lists are:
- Adult Books;
- Books for Youth, including fiction, nonfiction, and picture books for older, middle, and young readers;
- Adult Books for Young Adults;
- Media, including video, DVD, and audiobooks; and
- Reference Sources.
Booklist editors also select the Top of the List. This list contains the single best title in each of eight categories: Adult fiction, adult nonfiction, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, youth picture book, reference sources, video/DVD, and audiobooks.