Happy New Year!

Now that we’ve closed the book on 2014, it’s time once again for our Best of the “Best of” Lists List — an annual roundup of all the best “best books of the year″ lists we’ve come across this year.

(As usual, we have taken the liberty of loosely defining the the word “best” to mean “demonstrating good sense and exquisite taste by featuring one or more Eerdmans titles.”)

If you happened to mention an Eerdmans book or two in your own “best of 2014″ list — and you don’t see it here — please drop us a link in the comments. We’d love to read it.

Note: Our list has now been updated several times to include additional links. We’ll continue to add new lists as we discover them. 

The Right Word

The Right Word

Booklist
Editor’s Choice: Books for Youth, 2014 and
Lasting Connections: 2014

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

“Bryant’s and Sweet’s talents combine to make the lowly thesaurus fascinating in this beautifully illustrated picture-book biography of Peter Mark Roget. Intricate, joyful, and arresting collage illustrations put words appropriately on center stage.”

The Boston Globe
Best Picture Books of 2014

A Pond Full of Ink
Annie M. G. Schmidt
Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The Globe 100: The best books of 2014

Kidding around: Reviewers Frida, Phoenix and Andrew Kaufman’s 5 favourite picture books of the year
A Pond Full of Ink
Annie M. G. Schmidt
Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma

Kirkus Prize
2014 Finalists: Young Readers

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
2014 Blue Ribbons

The War within These Walls
Aline Sax
Illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki

Spirituality and Practice
The 10 Best Spiritual Children’s Books of 2014

Community
The Geese March in Step
Jean-Francois Dumont

Gratitude
Thank You, God
J. Bradley Wigger
Illustrated by Jago

Heaven
Anna’s Heaven
Stian Hole

About.com
Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina)
Wilde Awards: Susie Wilde’s Best Reads of the Year

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Huff Post Books
Best Picture Books of 2014

Best Biography (Non-Artist)
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

“The dynamic duo of Bryant and Sweet (who previously collaborated on biographies of Horace Pippin and William Carlos Williams) artfully capture the magnitude of Roget’s achievement and blows the dust off that often overlooked reference book sitting on your shelf.”

New York Public Library
100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

A Pond Full of Ink

A Pond Full of Ink

A Pond Full of Ink
Annie M. G. Schmidt
Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma

Mikis and the Donkey
Bibi Dumon Tak
Illustrated by Philip Hopman

Best Books for Teens 2014

Crazy
Linda Vigen Phillips

100 Scope Notes
Top 20 Books of 2014

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

“This beautifully illustrated story of Roget’s life is a great example of how an unusual interest can lead to something much more.”

A Fuse #8 Production
100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2014

A Pond Full of Ink
Annie M. G. Schmidt
Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma

Nerdy Book Club
2014 Nerdy Awards for Non Fiction Picture Books

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

100 Scope Notes
Children’s Literature 2014: The Year in Miscellanea

Endpapers of the Year
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

“On the back endpapers of The Right Word, Sweet embraced her inner Roget and wrote out a thousand-word list by hand. That’s dedication.”

Have we missed a “best of 2014″ list — perhaps yours? — that features one or more Eerdmans books? Please leave us a link in the comments!