A Giant List of Our Favorite Books of 2022

Okay, that title is a little bit of a lie—this list is actually a list of lists! Specifically, we're rounding up all the "best of" lists that our staff made to celebrate our year in books. Some lists are for books published this year, others are for the books we read and loved in 2022, regardless of their publication date.

We guarantee you'll find a book to love in the lists below, or at least one that challenges you, teaches to something new, or makes you want to share it with a friend. And if you don't, stop by the library and we'll do our best to help you find one. 2023 awaits!

Best of the Best Picture Books 2022

Our favorite picture books published in 2022. Check out this list for such delightful reads as:

Berry Song

Nigel and the Moon

Best of the Best Children's Fiction 2022

Fiction for the pickiest of readers. Click on this list for junior fiction titles published in 2022, like:

The Door of No Return

The Last Mapmaker

Best of the Best Children's Nonfiction 2022

The very best nonfiction for kids to come out this year. Learn about weird animals, the wonderful world of colors, and famous historical figures in books like:


Yoshi and the Ocean

2022 HDL Staff Favorite Teen Books

Anyone else addicted to YA books? Check out the best ones we read in 2022, like:

I Kissed Shara Wheeler

All My Rage

2022 HDL Staff Favorite Teen Graphic Novels

The best teen graphic novels we read this year. Try starting with:

Himawari House


HDL Staff Picks 2022: Fiction

Find out what fiction titles captivated our staff in 2022. Some highlights:

Lessons in Chemistry

Now Is Not the Time to Panic

HDL Staff Picks 2022: Mystery

Sleuth your way into the new year with this collection of the best mysteries and thrillers your library staff read in 2022, including:

The Bullet That Missed

The Book of Cold Cases

HDL Staff Picks 2022: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Books for lovers of far-off worlds and magical stories! Here are the best sci-fi and fantasy books your library staff read in 2022, like:


Elder Race

HDL Staff Picks 2022: Graphic Novels, Comics, & Manga

What picture books did the grown-ups like this year? Check out the favorite graphic novels, comics, and manga that we read in 2022, for example:

Chef's Kiss

Dog and Chainsaw