The Best Children's Books of the YearNine to Twelve2012

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
163 Works 46,511 Books 2,698 Reviews ½ 4.0
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 (121), 2014 (171), 2013 (206), 2012 (163), 2011 (128), 2010 (109)

No Stage 163

WorkYear
How the Leopard Got His Claws by Chinua Achebe2012
Super Science: Feel the Force!: Full of Pop-Up Physics Fun by Tom Adams2012
Roots and Blues: A Celebration by Arnold Adoff2012
13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids) by David A. Aguilar2012
My Name Is Mina by David Almond2012
How Tìa Lola Saved the Summer by Julia Alvarez2012
Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson2012
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier2012
Goal Line by Tiki Barber2012
Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden2012
Pit Pony by Joyce Barkhouse2012
Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow2012
The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin2012
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer2012
Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand2012
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall2012
Possum Summer by Jen K. Blom2012
Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem2012
Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury2012
Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach2012
Beasts (Mystic Phyles) by Stephanie Brockway2012
America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown2012
Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza2012
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko2012
Cool! Whoa! Ah and Oh!: What Is an Interjection? by Brian P. Cleary2012
Troublemaker by Andrew Clements2012
Mathemagic!: Number Tricks by Lynda Colgan2012
Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling2012
Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything by Steve Cotler2012
Lexie by Audrey Couloumbis2012
You Will Call Me Drog (Carolrhoda) by Sue Cowing2012
The Story of Christmas by Pamela Dalton2012
Suki, The Very Loud Bunny by Carmela D'Amico2012
The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies2012
The Great Hamster Massacre (The Great Critter Capers) by Katie Davies2012
A Million Miles from Boston by Karen Day2012
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy2012
Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice2012
Energy Island: How one community harnessed the wind and changed their world by Allan Drummond2012
Seabird in the Forest by Joan Dunning2012
Under the Mambo Moon by Julia Durango2012
We Stand As One: The International Ladies Garment Workers Strike, New York, 1909 (Civil Rights Struggles Around the World) by Laura B. Edge2012
The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery by Angie Frazier2012
Alexander Hamilton: the Outsider by Jean Fritz2012
Hidden by Helen Frost2012
Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller (Max's Lucha Libre Adventures) (English and Spanish Edition) by Xavier Garza2012
Tales from India by Jamila Gavin2012
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay2012
The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield2012
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes2012
True (. . . Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan2012
Me & Jack by Danette Haworth2012
Junonia by Kevin Henkes2012
With a Name like Love by Tess Hilmo2012
Maggie & Oliver or A Bone of One's Own by Valerie Hobbs2012
How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day by Ann Hodgman2012
The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm2012
Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons by Harold Holzer2012
Bongo Fishing by Thacher Hurd2012
Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz2012
The Wise Fool by Shahrukh Husain2012
The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson2012
The Long-Distance Dispatch Between Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow2012
Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures (Junior Library Guild Selection) by Rebecca L. Johnson2012
Who Will Shout If Not Us?: Student Activists and the Tiananmen Square Protest, China, 1989 (Civil Rights Struggles Around the World) by Ann Kerns2012
Better Than Weird by Anna Kerz2012
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby2012
Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard2012
1862: Fredericksburg: A New Look at a Bitter Civil War Battle by Karen Kostyal2012
The Loser List by H. N. Kowitt2012
World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky2012
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lại2012
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long2012
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances by Lenore Look2012
The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species by Peter Lourie2012
Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song by George Ella Lyon2012
Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan2012
Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon2012
Ticks: Dangerous Hitchhikers (Arachnid World) by Sandra Markle2012
Starfields by Carolyn Marsden2012
Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds (Eat Your Homework) by Ann McCallum2012
The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) by Carla Killough McClafferty2012
Never Forgotten (Junior Library Guild Selection) by Patricia C. Mckissack2012
Wildwood by Colin Meloy2012
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo2012
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss2012
Hatch! by Roxie Munro2012
Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage by Claire Rudolf Murphy2012
Pearl Verses the World by Sally Murphy2012
We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart by Walter Dean Myers2012
Lights on the Nile by Donna Jo Napoli2012
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters by Donna Jo Napoli2012
Migrant mother : how a photograph defined the Great Depression by Don Nardo2012
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson2012
Mimi by John Newman2012
Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls2012
The Elephant Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) by Caitlin O'Connell2012
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver2012
Missile Mouse, No. 2: Rescue on Tankium3 by Jake Parker2012
Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck2012
Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce2012
Inkblot by Margaret Peot2012
With the Might of Angels: the Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson by Andrea Davis Pinkney2012
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco2012
A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron2012
Before They Were Famous: How Seven Artists Got Their Start (Bob Raczka's Art Adventures) by Bob Raczka2012
The Drop (Orca Sports) by Jeff Ross2012
Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross2012
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth2012
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin2012
I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II by Marisabina Russo2012
Kennedy Through the Lens: How Photography and Television Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Leader by Martin W. Sandler2012
Sidekicks by Dan Santat2012
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say2012
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz2012
Guys Read: Thriller by Jon Scieszka2012
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan Long Shang2012
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Blue Gem by Murray Shaw2012
The Lovely Shoes by Susan Shreve2012
Katie and the Cupcake Cure (Cupcake Diaries) by Coco Simon2012
Wonkenstein (The Creature from My Closet, No. 1) by Obert Skye2012
Big City Otto (Elephants Never Forget) by Bill Slavin2012
Storm Runners by Roland Smith2012
Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder2012
The Mysteries of Angkor Wat: Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Temple by Richard Sobol2012
Hammerin' Hank Greenberg by Shelley Sommer2012
The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhöfel2012
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens2012
Outback by Robin Stevenson2012
The Romeo And Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone2012
My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian2012
For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas2012
Odd Ball: Hilarious, Unusual, & Bizarre Baseball Moments by Timothy Tocher2012
The Sundown Rule by Wendy Townsend2012
The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracy2012
Marco Polo: History's Great Adventurer (Historical Notebooks) by Clint Twist2012
Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale2012
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales by Chris Van Allsburg2012
The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout2012
Steel by Carrie Vaughn2012
JRR Tolkein by Alexandra Wallner2012
Ellray Jakes Is a Rock Star by Sally Warner2012
Ellray Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner2012
Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver2012
Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage by Sophie Webb2012
Pie by Sarah Weeks2012
Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch2012
The Boy Who Wanted to Cook by Gloria Whelan2012
You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White2012
Born and Bred in the Great Depression by Jonah Winter2012
All the World's a Stage: A Novel in Five Acts by Gretchen Woelfle2012
Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World (Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press)) by Douglas Wood2012
The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood2012
Just Fine the Way They Are by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge2012
Warp Speed by Lisa Yee2012
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin2012
Dragons of Silk by Laurence Yep2012
The Star Maker by Laurence Yep2012
The Luck of the Buttons (Buttons) by Anne Ylvisaker2012
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China by Ed Young2012
A True Princess by Diane Zahler2012
Saga of the Sioux: An Adaptation from Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dwight Jon Zimmerman2012
Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer2012

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 Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature)

(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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