The Best Children's Books of the YearNine to Twelve

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
898 Works 314,232 Books 17,762 Reviews 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 898

WorkYear
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander2015
Frostborn by Lou Anders2015
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier2015
A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck2015
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill2015
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows2015
Stubby the war dog : the true story of world war I 's bravest dog by Ann Bausum2015
Kate the Great, Except When She's Not by Suzy Becker2015
The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea: The Story of Annaliese Easterling & Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey by Eileen Beha2015
Sorry You're Lost by Matt Blackstone2015
Animalium: Welcome to the Museum by Jenny Broom2015
Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown2015
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant2015
Edward Hopper Paints His World by Robert Burleigh2015
Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard by Mary Kay Carson2015
Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier by Ying Chang Compestine2015
Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier2015
The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies2015
Nest by Esther Ehrlich2015
Fractions in Disguise: A Math Adventure by Edward Einhorn2015
The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis2015
Outside In by Sarah Ellis2015
The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine2015
Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey Fern2015
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald2015
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee2015
Cast Away on the Letter A by Fred2015
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman2015
The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman2015
My Cousin's Keeper by Simon French2015
Hansel and Gretel: A Toon Graphic by Neil Gaiman2015
Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi2015
The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos2015
Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner2015
Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World by Celia Godkin2015
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley2015
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff2015
New Kid by Tim Green2015
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money by Tommy Greenwald2015
Shackleton's Journey by William Grill2015
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen2015
The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris2015
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett2015
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer2015
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm2015
Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt2015
Winterfrost by Michelle Houts2015
Picture This! Animals: Amazing Information-Right Before Your Eyes by Margaret Hynes2015
The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking by Martin Jenkins2015
Odd, Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings2015
When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca L. Johnson2015
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson2015
The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones2015
The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer2015
Dangerous Deception by Peg Kehret2015
A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel2015
Jackpot: A Swindle Mystery by Gordon Korman2015
Cat Champions: Caring for Our Feline Friends by Rob Laidlaw2015
Dash (Dogs of World War II) by Kirby Larson2015
The Escape by Kathryn Lasky2015
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy2015
The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little2015
At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins2015
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd2015
Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin2015
Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look2015
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord2015
Backwards Moon by Mary Losure2015
Dreamwood by Heather Mackey2015
Just Jake #1 by Jake Marcionette2015
The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery (Junior Library Guild Selection) by Sandra Markle2015
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin2015
Once Upon a Midnight Eerie by Gordon McAlpine2015
Manhunt by Kate Messner2015
Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills2015
Hello, I'm Johnny Cash by G. Neri2015
Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Nonfiction - Grades 4-8) by Patricia Newman2015
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye2015
Space Rocks! by Tom O'Donnell2015
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel2015
Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent2015
Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins2015
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick2015
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney2015
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece by Patricia Polacco2015
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky2015
Theseus and the Minotaur by Yvan Pommaux2015
Lost Children of the Far Islands by Emily Raabe2015
Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story by Sebastian Robertson2015
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin2015
The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero by Barb Rosenstock2015
Shapes in Math, Science and Nature: Squares, Triangles and Circles by Catherine Sheldrick Ross2015
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy2015
Stand There! She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron by Susan Goldman Rubin2015
The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans by Elizabeth Rusch2015
Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth2015
Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos2015
Hello from 2030: The Science of the Future and You by Jan Paul Schutten2015
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka2015
Saving Kabul Corner by N. H. Senzai2015
Our Solar System by Seymour Simon2015
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern2015
Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be by Jane Sutcliffe2015
The White House Is Burning: August 24, 1814 by Jane Sutcliffe2015
Sea Turtle Scientist by Stephen R. Swinburne2015
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan2015
Take Shelter: At Home Around the World by Nikki Tate2015
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier2015
Photos Framed: A Fresh Look at the World's Most Memorable Photographs by Ruth Thomson2015
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage2015
Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner2015
Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully (Justin Case Series) by Rachel Vail2015
Unfriended by Rachel Vail2015
The Book of Secrets by Cynthia Voigt2015
Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells2015
A Path Begins by J. A. White2015
Revolution by Deborah Wiles2015
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods2015
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson2015
Centaur Rising by Jane Yolen2015
Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank by Paula Yoo2015
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad by David A. Adler2014
Ghoulish Song by William Alexander2014
The Laura Line by Crystal Allen2014
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond2014
Sidekicked by John David Anderson2014
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus2014
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt2014
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi2014
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett2014
Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose (Dear America) by Susan Campbell Bartoletti2014
Spending Spree: America Goes Shopping by Cynthia Overbeck Bix2014
Jinx by Sage Blackwood2014
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore2014
Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost by Natalie S. Bober2014
The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne2014
Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt2014
Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs (Women's Hall of Fame Series) by Jill Bryant2014
Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg2014
Gustav Gloom and the Four Terrors by Adam-Troy Castro2014
Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault by Adam-Troy Castro2014
Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes2014
The Year of the Baby by Andrea Cheng2014
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko2014
The Secret World of Octopuses by Anna Claybourne2014
Light in the Darkness: A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret by Lesa Cline-Ransome2014
Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody2014
The Book Boat's In by Cynthia Cotten2014
Ukulele Hayley by Judy Cox2014
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Carolrhoda Picture Books) by John Coy2014
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech2014
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan2014
The Mystery of Darwin's Frog by Marty Crump2014
Courageous Women Rebels (Women's Hall of Fame Series) by Joy Crysdale2014
Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling by David Crystal2014
The Candy Smash by Jacqueline Davies2014
Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation by Marfé Ferguson Delano2014
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint2014
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo2014
Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World by Ann Downer2014
Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists by Chris Duffy2014
Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger2014
The Ugly One by Leanne Statland Ellis2014
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle2014
Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine2014
The Shadowhand Covenant (Vengekeep Prophecies) by Brian Farrey2014
Thrice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris2014
The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde2014
Saturday Boy by David Fleming2014
The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin2014
Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty by Russell Freedman2014
The Odd Squad Bully Bait by Michael Fry2014
The Odd Squad Zero Tolerance (An Odd Squad Book) by Michael Fry2014
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman2014
The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale2014
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth2014
Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff2014
Twerp by Mark Goldblatt2014
Friends of Liberty by Beatrice Gormley2014
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein2014
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff2014
The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg2014
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes2014
Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero by Cheryl Harness2014
The Unseen World of Poppy Malone #3: A Mischief of Mermaids by Suzanne Harper2014
Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington2014
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy2014
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) by Laban Carrick Hill2014
Ick! Yuck! Eew!: Our Gross American History by Lois Miner Huey2014
The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson2014
Chitchat: Celebrating the World’s Languages by Jude Isabella2014
Invisible Inkling: The Whoopie Pie War by Emily Jenkins2014
The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--and Most Surprising--Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins2014
How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks2014
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata2014
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd2014
Here I Am (NA) by Patricia Hee Kim2014
Alex Ko: From Iowa to Broadway, My Billy Elliot Story by Alex Ko2014
Be a Wilderness Detective by Peggy Kochanoff2014
Hideout (Swindle) by Gordon Korman2014
Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women by Kathleen Krull2014
The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A novel of snow and courage by Chris Kurtz2014
Anna Was Here by Jane Kurtz2014
Duke by Kirby Larson2014
The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley2014
The Further Adventures of Jack Lime by James Leck2014
Face Bug by J. Patrick Lewis2014
When the Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little2014
Arlene, The Rebel Queen by Carol Liu2014
Whistle in the Dark by Susan Hill Long2014
Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel by Diana Lopez2014
Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure2014
Numbed! by David Lubar2014
Princess Tales: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures by Grace Maccarone2014
Odette's Secrets by Maryann MacDonald2014
A History of Just About Everything: 180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World by Elizabeth MacLeod2014
The Camp Phoenix Caper: Book 2 (Charlie Collier,Snoop for Hire) by John V. Madormo2014
The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle2014
Better to Wish (Family Tree) by Ann M. Martin2014
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass2014
Mister Orange by Truus Matti2014
The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine2014
The Witch's Curse (Christy Ottaviano Books) by Keith McGowan2014
The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff2014
Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills2014
If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski2014
Sink or Swim by Sarah Mlynowski2014
The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America's Largest Mammal by Sy Montgomery2014
Crystal City Lights by Holly Moulder2014
Pedal It!: How Bicycles are Changing the World by Michelle Mulder2014
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love by George O'Connor2014
Poseidon: Earth Shaker by George O'Connor2014
The Kite that Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge by Alexis O'Neill2014
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani2014
Rules for Ghosting by A. J. Paquette2014
Timmy Failure: Mistakes were made by Stephan Pastis2014
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving by Katherine Paterson2014
Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan2014
The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus2014
Peace Warriors: Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Andrea Davis Pinkney2014
Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales) by James Preller2014
Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky2014
World War II Spies (Velocity: Classified) by Sean Stewart Price2014
Scorpions!: Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle2014
An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel by Trevor Pryce2014
Goblins by Philip Reeve2014
Ouch!: The Weird & Wild Ways Your Body Deals with Agonizing Aches, Ferocious Fevers, Lousy Lumps, Crummy Colds, Bothersome Bites, Breaks, Bruises & Burns by Joe Rhatigan2014
Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes2014
Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears by Jill Robinson2014
Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne F. Rockwell2014
Aesop's Fables by Michael Rosen2014
Thomas Jefferson builds a library by Barb Rosenstock2014
Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People by Susan Goldman Rubin2014
Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World by Elizabeth Rusch2014
Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch2014
The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog by Frances Sackett2014
Cyberbullying (Fact Finders: Tech Safety Smarts) by Heather E. Schwartz2014
Anubis Speaks!: A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the Dead (Secrets of the Ancient Gods) by Vicky Alvear Shecter2014
Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin2014
The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman2014
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff2014
What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings by Joyce Sidman2014
One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch2014
Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli2014
Mickey Price: Journey to Oblivion by John P. Stanley2014
Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone2014
Penelope Crumb Never Forgets: Book 2 by Shawn K. Stout2014
Fallout by Todd Strasser2014
Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby2014
The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook by Shaun Tan2014
Hippomobile! by Jeff Tapia2014
Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How do we know what dinosaurs really looked like? by Catherine Thimmesh2014
The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner2014
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban2014
Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde2014
Paperboy by Vince Vawter2014
The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt2014
Why Do We Fight?: Conflict, War, and Peace by Niki Walker2014
The Templeton Twins Make a Scene: Book 2 by Ellis Weiner2014
Ivy Takes Care by Rosemary Wells2014
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia2014
Our Rights: How kids are changing the world by Janet Wilson2014
Buzz About Bees by Kari-Lynn Winters2014
Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger2014
Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure by Mike Wolfe2014
Ivy in the Shadows by Chris Woodworth2014
Pug: And Other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth2014
Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family's Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp by Katie Yamasaki2014
One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! by Eric Yoder2014
Curses! Foiled Again by Jane Yolen2014
Sleeping Beauty's Daughters by Diane Zahler2014
Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia2014
Love, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada2013
Super Science: Matter Matters! by Tom Adams2013
Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood2013
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander2013
Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam by Sumbul Ali-Karamali2013
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate2013
The Skull in the Rock by Marc Aronson2013
Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger2013
Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution by Avi2013
The Moon Over High Street by Natalie Babbitt2013
The Magician's Apprentice by Kate Banks2013
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill2013
Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck2013
Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil2013
Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell2013
The Prince Who Fell from the Sky by John Claude Bemis2013
A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times by Benson Bobrick2013
Madhattan Mystery by John J. Bonk2013
The Worst-Case Scenario: Deadly Seas by David Borgenicht2013
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce2013
The Universe of Fair by Leslie Bulion2013
George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! by Robert Burleigh2013
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns2013
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd2013
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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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