The Best Children's Books of the YearFive to Nine2015

Given by Children's Book Committee, Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature

Other Names: CBCA Selected Book of the Year for Children, Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Book of the Year, Bank Street CBC Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street CBC Best Children's Book of the Year, Outstanding Merit, Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, CBCA Book of the Year for Children, Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, CSCBC Children's Book of the Year
135 Works 34,153 Books 2,493 Reviews 4.2
The Children's Book Committee was founded more than 100 years ago to help parents, teachers, and librarians choose the books that children will find captivating and transforming.
One of the most show more comprehensive annotated book lists for children, aged infant through 16. The Committee reviews over 6,000 titles annually for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. The best 600 books published each year, both fiction and nonfiction, are listed with annotations, according to age and category.

Included are the past editions that are currently available online. Reference copies of editions published in print before 2010 may be found in the Bank Street College Library.
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Stages:
All, Outstanding Merit (126), No Stage (9,613)
Categories:
All, **Five to Nine, Information Books, STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (1), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Adventure and Mystery (2), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Animals (1), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Beginning Readers (1), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Coming of Age (3), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Concept Books (1), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Fantasy (1), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Folk and Fairy Tales (3), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Historical Fiction (3), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Humor (3), *Five to Nine, Fiction, Today (12), *Five to Nine, Information Books, Arts (2), *Five to Nine, Information Books, Biography and Memoir (2), *Five to Nine, Information Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (3), *Five to Nine, Information Books, World (3), *Five to Nine, Poetry (2), *Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Coming of Age (1), *Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Fantasy (1), *Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Historical Fiction (2), *Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Magical Realism (1), *Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Science Fiction (1), *Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Today (7), *Fourteen and Older, Information Books, History (2), *Fourteen and Older, Information Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (1), *Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Adventure and Mystery (2), *Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Coming of Age (5), *Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Fantasy (4), *Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Folk and Fairy Tales (1), *Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Historical Fiction (4), *Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Humor (1), *Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Magical Realism (1), *Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Today (2), *Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Biography and Memoir (3), *Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Ecology (2), *Nine to Twelve, Information Books, History (4), *Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Holidays and Religion (1), *Nine to Twelve, Information Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (3), *Nine to Twelve, Poetry (3), *Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Coming of Age (4), *Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Fantasy (1), *Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Folk and Fairy Tales (1), *Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Historical Fiction (1), *Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Biography and Memoir (4), *Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, History (2), *Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Reference (1), *Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (1), *Under Five (16), *Under Five, Concept Books (1), Ages Five, Six and Seven (42), Ages Five, Six and Seven—Beginning Readers (11), Ages Seven, Eight and Nine—Biography (4), Ages Seven, Eight and Nine—Boys and Girls (5), Ages Seven, Eight and Nine—Easy to Read (7), Ages Seven, Eight and Nine—Fantasy, Folk Tales and Legends (21), Ages Seven, Eight and Nine—Stories About Animals (9), Ages Three, Four and Five (27), Collections (10), Five to Nine (1,014), Five to Nine & Nine to Twelve (2), Five to Nine, 2011; Five to Nine, 2012 (1), Five to Nine, Fiction, Adventure and Mystery (12), Five to Nine, Fiction, Animals (6), Five to Nine, Fiction, Animals (Fiction) (5), Five to Nine, Fiction, Beginning Readers (15), Five to Nine, Fiction, Coming of Age (12), Five to Nine, Fiction, Concept Books (7), Five to Nine, Fiction, Fantasy (13), Five to Nine, Fiction, Folk and Fairy Tales (11), Five to Nine, Fiction, Historical Fiction (14), Five to Nine, Fiction, Holidays (6), Five to Nine, Fiction, Humor (30), Five to Nine, Fiction, Science Fiction (2), Five to Nine, Fiction, Sports (Fiction) (1), Five to Nine, Fiction, Today (62), Five to Nine, Information Books, Animals (Nonfiction) (14), Five to Nine, Information Books, Animals, Nonfiction (1), Five to Nine, Information Books, Art (4), Five to Nine, Information Books, Arts (8), Five to Nine, Information Books, Biography and Memoir (33), Five to Nine, Information Books, Ecology (2), Five to Nine, Information Books, Health (2), Five to Nine, Information Books, History (6), Five to Nine, Information Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (24), Five to Nine, Information Books, STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2), Five to Nine, Information Books, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (12), Five to Nine, Information Books, World (4), Five to Nine, Poetry (17), For Older Boys and Girls Ages Nine Up—Adventure and Mystery (17), For Older Boys and Girls Ages Nine Up—Biography (22), For Older Boys and Girls Ages Nine Up—Fantasy, Folk Tales and Legends (28), For Older Boys and Girls Ages Nine Up—Growing Up (24), For Older Boys and Girls Ages Nine Up—Mostly About Animals (8), For Older Boys and Girls Ages Nine Up—Sports (12), For Older Boys and Girls Ages Nine Up—Stories About Today (15), For Older Boys and Girls Ages Nine Up—Stories of the Past (24), For Special Interests—Activities (57), For Special Interests—Ecology (18), For Special Interests—For Parents and Children (6), For Special Interests—In Two Languages (3), For Special Interests—Natural Science (38), For Special Interests—Physical Science (11), For Special Interests—The Arts (20), For Special Interests—The World Past and Present (89), Fourteen and Older (367), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Adventure and Mystery (11), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Anthologies and Collections (2), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Coming of Age (47), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Dramatic Arts (1), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Fantasy (21), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Historical Fiction (20), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Magical Realism (5), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Science Fiction (11), Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Today (60), Fourteen and Older, Information Books, Biography and Memoir (5), Fourteen and Older, Information Books, History (9), Fourteen and Older, Information Books, Law and Justice (2), Fourteen and Older, Information Books, Reference (1), Fourteen and Older, Information Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (2), Fourteen and Older, Poetry (1), Holidays (9), Nine to Twelve (898), Nine to Twelve & Twelve to Fourteen (3), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Adventure and Mystery (17), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Anthologies and Collections (1), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Coming of Age (27), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Fantasy (27), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Folk and Fairy Tales (5), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Historical Fiction (42), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Humor (10), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Magical Realism (8), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Science Fiction (7), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Sports (Fiction) (1), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Sports, Fiction (1), Nine to Twelve, Fiction, Today (24), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Activities (4), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Arts (6), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Biography and Memoir (21), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Ecology (7), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, History (18), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Holidays and Religion (2), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Reference (1), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (12), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, STEM Trailblazer Biographies (1), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (16), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) [STEM Trailblazer Biographies] (3), Nine to Twelve, Information Books, World (5), Nine to Twelve, Poetry (7), Paperback Reprints—For Older Boys and Girls (33), Paperback Reprints—For Special Interests (9), Paperback Reprints—For Young Children, Under Nine (39), Poetry (14), Recursively Added (12), Recursively added (4), STEM under 5 (1), Starred for Outstanding Merit (1), Twelve to Fourteen (563), Twelve to Fourteen & Fourteen and Older (1), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Adventure and Mystery (7), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Animals (2), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Coming of Age (29), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Fantasy (32), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Folk and Fairy Tales (2), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Historical Fiction (27), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Magical Realism (2), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Science Fiction (7), Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Today (26), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Activities (3), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Arts (1), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Biography (7), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Biography and Memoir (10), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, History (11), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Reference (1), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Religion (1), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (5), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (6), Twelve to Fourteen, Information Books, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM (1), Twelve to Fourteen, Poetry (1), Under Five (495), Under Five & Five to Nine (2), Under Five, 2014, 2016 (1), Under Five, 2016; Five to Nine, Fiction, Humor, 2016 (1), Under Five, Concept Books (23), Under Five, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (3), Under Five, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (2), Up to Five (325), Up to Five, 2012; Under Five, 2017 (1), Up to Five, 2013; Up to Five, 2015 (1), Welcome Reprints and New Editions (14), [2017], *Five to Nine, Fiction, Today, 2017 (1), [2017], *Fourteen and Older, Fiction, Coming of Age, 2017 (1), [2017], Five to Nine, Fiction, Today, 2017 (1), No Category (4,265)
Years:
All, 2015 (135), 2014 (177), 2013 (238), 2012 (217), 2011 (120), 2010 (127)

No Stage 135

WorkYear
Jasper John Dooley: NOT in Love by Caroline Adderson2015
Music Everywhere! by Maya Ajmera2015
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate2015
Scholastic Discover More: Birds by Penelope Arlon2015
My Grandfather's Coat by Jim Aylesworth2015
Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang2015
Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle (Junior Library Guild Selection) by Cheryl Bardoe2015
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett2015
Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass2015
Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe2015
The Soccer Fence: A story of friendship, hope, and apartheid in South Africa by Phil Bildner2015
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham2015
Lizards by Nic Bishop2015
Miss Brooks' Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome) by Barbara Bottner2015
Wild About Bears by Jeannie Brett2015
The Miniature World of Marvin & James (The Masterpiece Adventures) by Elise Broach2015
Secrets of the Seashore (Shine-A-Light) by Carron Brown2015
What If... ? by Anthony Browne2015
Dolphin Dive (Scholastic Discover More Readers: Level 2) by James Jr. Buckley2015
Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey (Nonfiction - Grades Prek-4) (Junior Library Guild Selection) by Loree Griffin Burns2015
My Bibi Always Remembers by Toni Buzzeo2015
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell2015
What's Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle2015
Tippy and the Night Parade by Lilli Carré2015
Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors by Megan Montague Cash2015
Firebird by Misty Copeland2015
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox2015
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin2015
Animals That Make Me Say Wow! (National Wildlife Federation): Secret Hideaways, Infrasonic Hearing, Bubble Gills, and More by Dawn Cusick2015
Emily's Blue Period by Cathleen Daly2015
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies2015
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis2015
The Pandas and Their Chopsticks: and Other Animal Stories by Demi2015
A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream by Kristy Dempsey2015
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo2015
Where's Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio2015
Coyote Run (Stories Without Words) by Gaëtan Dorémus2015
Abuela by Arthur Dorros2015
The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert2015
On the Wing by David Elliott2015
Room In My Heart by Zetta Elliott2015
Take Away the A by Michaël Escoffier2015
A Mom For Umande by Maria Faulconer2015
The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma by Diane Fox2015
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee2015
Galápagos George by Jean Craighead George2015
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray2015
Hurricanes: Be Aware and Prepare (Weather Aware) by Renée Gray-Wilburn2015
Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey2015
Animal Teachers by Janet Halfmann2015
The Jacket by Kirsten Hall2015
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton2015
Benny and Penny in Lost and Found by Geoffrey Hayes2015
Drop It, Rocket! (Step Into Reading, Step 1) by Tad Hills2015
The Secret Galaxy (Tilbury House Nature) by Fran Hodgkins2015
Nest by Jorey Hurley2015
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle2015
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins2015
Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott2015
All different now : Juneteenth, the first day of freedom by Angela Johnson2015
Sequoia by Tony Johnston2015
The Numberlys by William Joyce2015
Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman2015
Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric A. Kimmel2015
What's New? The Zoo!: A Zippy History of Zoos by Kathleen Krull2015
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann2015
Bruno & Lulu's Playground Adventures by Patricia Lakin2015
Muddy, Mud, Bud by Patricia Lakin2015
In Search of the Little Prince by Bimba Landmann2015
Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs by Kirby Larson2015
Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole by Irene Latham2015
Beauty and the Beast by H. Chuku Lee2015
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester2015
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light2015
Animal School: What Class Are You? by Michelle Lord2015
Rain, Rain, Go Away! (Bananas in Pajamas) by Margo Lundell2015
Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan2015
Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan2015
On Kiki's Reef by Carol Malnor2015
Dear Malala, We Stand with You by Rosemary McCarney2015
Strongheart: The World's First Movie Star Dog by Emily Arnold McCully2015
Bear Hug by Katharine McEwen2015
Dolphin SOS by Roy Miki2015
Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalvn2015
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales2015
Water rolls, water rises = El agua rueda, el agua sube by Pat Mora2015
Healing the Bruises by Lori Morgan2015
Zoe's Jungle by Bethanie Murguia2015
My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights by Claire Rudolf Murphy2015
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth2015
Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson2015
A Baby Elephant in the Wild by Caitlin O'Connell2015
At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin2015
A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham2015
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle2015
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz2015
Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein2015
Two Parrots by Rashin2015
Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve2015
Blizzard by John Rocco2015
Chik Chak Shabbat by Mara Rockliff2015
The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff2015
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown2015
Coming Home by Greg Ruth2015
Families Around the World by Margriet Ruurs2015
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat2015
Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea2015
Grandma by Jessica Shepherd2015
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman2015
Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif2015
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson2015
My Blue Bunny, Bubbit by Maggie Smith2015
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires2015
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís2015
I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein2015
Mice Mischief: Math Facts in Action by Caroline Stills2015
A Time to Be Brave by Joan Betty Stuchner2015
Goal! by Sean Taylor2015
Ancient Animals: Saber-toothed Cat by Sarah L. Thomson2015
'Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong2015
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh2015
Planets (Scholastic Discover More Readers: Level 1) by Gail Tuchman2015
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki2015
Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood2015
Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood2015
Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood2015
Saving Sammy (Orca Echoes) by Eric Walters2015
Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century by Carole Boston Weatherford2015
Flo & Wendell Explore by William Wegman2015
Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale by Leslie Stall Widener2015
My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems2015
Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems2015
Outside the Box: A Book of Poems by Karma Wilson2015
Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan / Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter2015
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz2015

Descriptions

The Children's Book Committee was founded more than 100 years ago to help parents, teachers, and librarians choose the books that children will find captivating and transforming.
One of the most comprehensive annotated book lists for children, aged infant through 16. The Committee reviews over 6,000 titles annually for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. The best 600 books published each year, both fiction and nonfiction, are listed with annotations, according to age and category.

Included are the past editions that are currently available online. Reference copies of editions published in print before 2010 may be found in the Bank Street College Library. (English, Member-written)
By Child Study Children's Book Committee of Child Study Association of America (1967-1977) and at Bank Street College (subsequently)

[Succeeds CBCA Book of the Year for Children.
Succeeded by Bank Street CBC Best Children's Book of the Year.]

from Bank Street: About the Children's Book Committee

We began in 1909 as part of the family life education program of the Child Study Association of America, an organization devoted to guiding parents in their understanding of child development.

At the time, a nascent "parent education" movement fostered a growing awareness of the emotional needs of children, and of how books might affect children's feelings of themselves and the world around them. As "expert" opinions of psychiatrists, psychologists, and educators filtered down to parents, the Child Study Association decided to evaluate current literature for children, and to prepare and publish booklists to guide parents, librarians, and teachers in the selection of developmentally appropriate reading materials. Interestingly enough, the Committee decided right from the start to publish only positive reviews and recommendations.

Its first product was a modest pamphlet, but more ambitious lists soon followed. Eventually, with a rapidly expanding number of new children's books being published, the Committee adopted a more organized reviewing process, which continues to this day.

For many years the Committee's reviews appeared in the monthly (and later quarterly) magazine published by the Association. When the magazine was discontinued, the Committee compiled its own annual booklet, the "Children's Books of the Year," which has been published and distributed yearly since 1936.

The Committee eventually expanded its mandate in a number of significant ways. It collected and edited anthologies of children's stories and published specific lists in response to requests from parents, organizations, or specific needs that arose in the community. It also arranged lectures to promote public interest in children's literature and invited children to discuss their preferences in books, which eventually led to the inclusion of Young Reviewers on the Committee.

In addition, the Committee established an annual award in 1942 to encourage the writing and publishing of books "for children and young people dealing realistically with some of the problems in the world." The Committee now also bestows an annual award for the best poetry book for young readers as well as an award for a nonfiction book that "serves as an inspiration for young readers."

By 1977, the Child Study Association was forced to discontinue its programs because of financial difficulties, but the Children's Book Committee was invited to continue its groundbreaking work at the Bank Street College of Education, where it remains to this day. Here its outreach broadened, not only in increasing the circulation of its list, but in the wider range of its membership.

Today's Committee comprises some 40 members—all volunteers—from various professions and backgrounds concerned with children and books: writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, teachers, and parents. Members use their skills and expertise to foster the unique point of view bequeathed to us by our founding organization—namely, how books can affect young readers, and what books can do for them. (English, Member-written)
[Succeeds CBCA Selected Book of the Year for Children
Succeeded by CSCBC Children's Book of the Year.]

from Bank Street:
About the Children's Book Committee
We began in 1909 as part of the family life education program of the Child Study Association of America, an organization devoted to guiding parents in their understanding of child development.

At the time, a nascent "parent education" movement fostered a growing awareness of the emotional needs of children, and of how books might affect children's feelings of themselves and the world around them. As "expert" opinions of psychiatrists, psychologists, and educators filtered down to parents, the Child Study Association decided to evaluate current literature for children, and to prepare and publish booklists to guide parents, librarians, and teachers in the selection of developmentally appropriate reading materials. Interestingly enough, the Committee decided right from the start to publish only positive reviews and recommendations.

Its first product was a modest pamphlet, but more ambitious lists soon followed. Eventually, with a rapidly expanding number of new children's books being published, the Committee adopted a more organized reviewing process, which continues to this day.

For many years the Committee's reviews appeared in the monthly (and later quarterly) magazine published by the Association. When the magazine was discontinued, the Committee compiled its own annual booklet, the "Children's Books of the Year," which has been published and distributed yearly since 1936.

The Committee eventually expanded its mandate in a number of significant ways. It collected and edited anthologies of children's stories and published specific lists in response to requests from parents, organizations, or specific needs that arose in the community. It also arranged lectures to promote public interest in children's literature and invited children to discuss their preferences in books, which eventually led to the inclusion of Young Reviewers on the Committee.

In addition, the Committee established an annual award in 1942 to encourage the writing and publishing of books "for children and young people dealing realistically with some of the problems in the world." The Committee now also bestows an annual award for the best poetry book for young readers as well as an award for a nonfiction book that "serves as an inspiration for young readers."

By 1977, the Child Study Association was forced to discontinue its programs because of financial difficulties, but the Children's Book Committee was invited to continue its groundbreaking work at the Bank Street College of Education, where it remains to this day. Here its outreach broadened, not only in increasing the circulation of its list, but in the wider range of its membership.

Today's Committee comprises some 40 members—all volunteers—from various professions and backgrounds concerned with children and books: writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, teachers, and parents. Members use their skills and expertise to foster the unique point of view bequeathed to us by our founding organization—namely, how books can affect young readers, and what books can do for them. (English, Member-written)
[Succeeded by CBCA Book of the Year for Children]

from Bank Street:
About the Children's Book Committee
We began in 1909 as part of the family life education program of the Child Study Association of America, an organization devoted to guiding parents in their understanding of child development.

At the time, a nascent "parent education" movement fostered a growing awareness of the emotional needs of children, and of how books might affect children's feelings of themselves and the world around them. As "expert" opinions of psychiatrists, psychologists, and educators filtered down to parents, the Child Study Association decided to evaluate current literature for children, and to prepare and publish booklists to guide parents, librarians, and teachers in the selection of developmentally appropriate reading materials. Interestingly enough, the Committee decided right from the start to publish only positive reviews and recommendations.

Its first product was a modest pamphlet, but more ambitious lists soon followed. Eventually, with a rapidly expanding number of new children's books being published, the Committee adopted a more organized reviewing process, which continues to this day.

For many years the Committee's reviews appeared in the monthly (and later quarterly) magazine published by the Association. When the magazine was discontinued, the Committee compiled its own annual booklet, the "Children's Books of the Year," which has been published and distributed yearly since 1936.

The Committee eventually expanded its mandate in a number of significant ways. It collected and edited anthologies of children's stories and published specific lists in response to requests from parents, organizations, or specific needs that arose in the community. It also arranged lectures to promote public interest in children's literature and invited children to discuss their preferences in books, which eventually led to the inclusion of Young Reviewers on the Committee.

In addition, the Committee established an annual award in 1942 to encourage the writing and publishing of books "for children and young people dealing realistically with some of the problems in the world." The Committee now also bestows an annual award for the best poetry book for young readers as well as an award for a nonfiction book that "serves as an inspiration for young readers."

By 1977, the Child Study Association was forced to discontinue its programs because of financial difficulties, but the Children's Book Committee was invited to continue its groundbreaking work at the Bank Street College of Education, where it remains to this day. Here its outreach broadened, not only in increasing the circulation of its list, but in the wider range of its membership.

Today's Committee comprises some 40 members—all volunteers—from various professions and backgrounds concerned with children and books: writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, teachers, and parents. Members use their skills and expertise to foster the unique point of view bequeathed to us by our founding organization—namely, how books can affect young readers, and what books can do for them. (English, Member-written)
For full list, see here.

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(See also Cook Prize)

The Children's Book Committee was founded more than 100 years ago to help parents, teachers, and librarians choose the books that children will find captivating and transforming. One of the most comprehensive annotated book lists for children, aged infant through 16. The Committee reviews over 6,000 titles annually for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. The best 600 books published each year, both fiction and nonfiction, are listed with annotations, according to age and category. Included are the past editions that are currently available online. Reference copies of editions published in print before 2010 may be found in the Bank Street College Library. (English, Member-written)

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