I'm not necessarily recommending these works; remember, a committee made up of people chose these works. The National Book Award and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award have been announced within the past few months as well. It's worth reading these books and knowing "what's hot" and "what's not."
At any rate, here is the shortlist of the most well-known awards. Check the link above to see the full list. If a book has been reviewed on this blog, I'll link to it below.
Newbery (most outstanding contribution to children's literature)
- Winner: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
- Honor: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanha Lai
- Honor: Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
- Winner: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
- Honor: Blackout by John Rocco (I've been meaning to review this one--it's GREAT)
- Honor: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
- Honor: Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
- Winner: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
- Honor: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
- Honor: The Returning by Christine Hinwood
- Honor: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
- Honor: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater