The Best Children's Books of the YearTwelve to Fourteen

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
563 Works 268,347 Books 17,011 Reviews ½ 3.9
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 (94), 2014 (86), 2013 (118), 2012 (115), 2011 (67), 2010 (83)

No Stage 563

WorkYear
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt by David A. Adler2015
Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee2015
My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery2015
The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister by Stefan Bachmann2015
The Finisher by David Baldacci2015
Flying With a Broken Wing by Laura Best2015
The Iron Trial by Holly Black2015
Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden2015
Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth2015
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares2015
Caminar by Skila Brown2015
Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor2015
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll2015
Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World by Nancy Castaldo2015
Bird by Crystal Chan2015
The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher2015
Lasso the Wind: Auriélia's Verses and Other Poems by George Elliott Clarke2015
Atlantia by Ally Condie2015
The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer2015
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis2015
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince2015
Blind by Rachel DeWoskin2015
Remaking the John: The Invention and Reinvention of the Toilet by Francesca Davis DiPiazza2015
Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis2015
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle2015
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama2015
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner2015
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle2015
Schools of Hope: How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American Education by Norman H. Finkelstein2015
Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank2015
Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America by Russell Freedman2015
The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman2015
The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2 by Neil Gaiman2015
There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart2015
Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe2015
Bombs over Bikini: The World's First Nuclear Disaster (Nonfiction - Young Adult) by Connie Goldsmith2015
A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn2015
Dangerous by Shannon Hale2015
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell2015
Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf2015
Skink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen2015
Every Body's Talking: What We Say Without Words (Nonfiction - Grades 4-8) by Donna M. Jackson2015
Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow2015
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson2015
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston2015
The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg2015
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor2015
The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr2015
The Art of Secrets by James Klise2015
Like No Other by Una LaMarche2015
Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson2015
The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine2015
Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis2015
Voices from the March on Washington by J. Patrick Lewis2015
Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf2015
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire2015
Stars of the Savanna by Melanie R. Martel2015
Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business--and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully2015
Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood by James McMullan2015
Greenglass House by Kate Milford2015
Curiosity's Mission on Mars: Exploring the Red Planet (Nonfiction - Young Adult) by Ron Miller2015
Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat by Sy Montgomery2015
A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo2015
On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers2015
How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson2015
Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop2015
Jasmine and Maddie by Christine Pakkala2015
Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips2015
West of the Moon by Margi Preus2015
Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival by Marcel Prins2015
Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life by Catherine Reef2015
Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan2015
Swim That Rock by John Rocco2015
Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin2015
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell2015
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski2015
Uncaged by John Sandford2015
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer2015
Hook's Revenge, Book 1 Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz2015
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin2015
The Swap by Megan Shull2015
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer2015
A Less than Perfect Peace by Jacqueline Levering Sullivan2015
The Science of Soccer: A Bouncing Ball and a Banana Kick (Barbara Guth Worlds of Wonder Science Series for Young Readers) by John Taylor2015
Danny Blackgoat: Rugged Road to Freedom by Tim Tingle2015
Reboot by Amy Tintera2015
The Last Wild by Piers Torday2015
Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation by Sally M. Walker2015
Will Poole's island by Tim Weed2015
Noggin by John Corey Whaley2015
What Flowers Remember by Shannon Wiersbitzky2015
Silver by Chris Wooding2015
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang2015
Arcady's Goal by Eugene Yelchin2015
45 Pounds (More or Less) by Kelly Barson2014
Through the Skylight by Ian Baucom2014
Formerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham2014
Doll Bones by Holly Black2014
Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe2014
Shadow Breakers by Daniel Blythe2014
Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden2014
Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari2014
The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown2014
Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice by Gail Bush2014
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau2014
Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng2014
Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore2014
House of Secrets by Chris Columbus2014
Tides by Betsy Cornwell2014
Parched by Melanie Crowder2014
The Living by Matt de la Peña2014
Swagger by Carl Deuker2014
Darkness Everywhere: The Assassination of Mohandas Gandhi by Matt Doeden2014
With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah by Amy Ehrlich2014
The Rules for Disappearing (Rules, The) by Ashley Elston2014
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle2014
After Iris by Natasha Farrant2014
Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott2014
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster2014
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman2014
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost2014
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco2014
The Tell-Tale Heart (Edgar Allan Poe Graphic Novels) by Benjamin Harper2014
Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope by Bridget Heos2014
Romeo and Juliet: A Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds2014
The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke2014
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman2014
Splintered by A. G. Howard2014
Samphire Song by Jill Hucklesby2014
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes2014
Tandem by Anna Jarzab2014
A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel by Joseph Joffo2014
Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones2014
Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan2014
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder2014
The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby2014
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan2014
Hostage Three by Nick Lake2014
Black Ice by Andrew Lane2014
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson2014
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt2014
March: Book One by John Lewis2014
Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust by Leanne Lieberman2014
Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl2014
What If?: Answers to Questions About What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian by Eric Marcus2014
Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino2014
Below by Meg McKinlay2014
Beauty's Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy by Carolyn Meyer2014
Victoria Rebels (Paula Wiseman Books) by Carolyn Meyer2014
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty2014
Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz2014
Heaven Is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock2014
Rotten by Michael Northrop2014
Paradox by A. J. Paquette2014
Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry2014
Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson2014
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund2014
The Tell-Tale Heart [short story] by Edgar Allan Poe2014
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff2014
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross2014
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider2014
The Color of Silence by Liane Shaw2014
Under Shifting Glass by Nicky Singer2014
Baygirl by Heather Smith2014
Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone2014
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud2014
Call Me Amy by Marcia Strykowski2014
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan2014
The President Has Been Shot!: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson2014
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake2014
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu2014
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool2014
Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace2014
Next (D-Bow High School Hoops) by Kevin Waltman2014
Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn2014
All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens by Gloria Whelan2014
Impostor: A Variants Novel by Susanne Winnacker2014
Boxers by Gene Luen Yang2014
Saints by Gene Luen Yang2014
Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel2014
A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached2013
Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St. by Peter Abrahams2013
Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom by John Joseph Adams2013
Crewel by Gennifer Albin2013
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo2013
Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby2013
Peaceweaver (Legacy of Beowulf) by Rebecca Barnhouse2013
Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr's Final Hours by Ann Bausum2013
Redwing by Holly Bennett2013
Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk2013
Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block2013
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen2013
Yesterday's Dead by Pat Bourke2013
Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate by Richard Bowers2013
The Diviners by Libba Bray2013
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges2013
Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg2013
The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron2013
Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles2013
The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman2013
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy2013
Fighting for Dontae by Mike Castan2013
Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers2013
Skinny by Donna Cooner2013
The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings2013
Audition & Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy2013
My Name Is Parvana by Deborah Ellis2013
The Good Braider by Terry Farish2013
Darkwater by Catherine Fisher2013
On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming2013
No Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood2013
Zora! The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Dennis Brindell Fradin2013
Stolen Into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man by Judith and Dennis Fradin2013
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman2013
Spirit's Princess by Esther M. Friesner2013
Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen2013
Now by Morris Gleitzman2013
Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould2013
The Horse Road by Troon Harrison2013
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman2013
Slide by Jill Hathaway2013
Love? Maybe. by Heather Hepler2013
Safekeeping by Karen Hesse2013
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks2013
Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch2013
Soonchild by Russell Hoban2013
Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote, 21 Activities by Kerrie Logan Hollihan2013
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose2013
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson2013
Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up by Mark Peter Hughes2013
To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement (New York Times) by Charlayne Hunter-Gault2013
The Runaway by Glen Huser2013
Victory by Carla Jablonski2013
Fourmile by Watt Key2013
Origin by Jessica Khoury2013
Insignia by S. J. Kincaid2013
In Honor by Jessi Kirby2013
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles2013
Ghosts of the Titanic by Julie Lawson2013
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson2013
Momentum by Saci Lloyd2013
Adaptation by Malinda Lo2013
Choke by Diana Lopez2013
Son by Lois Lowry2013
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano2013
Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives by Albert Marrin2013
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh2013
A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master2013
Last Chance (Robyn Hunter Mysteries) by Norah McClintock2013
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina2013
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller2013
Fracture by Megan Miranda2013
The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves by Sarah Moon2013
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo2013
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill2013
Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor2013
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson2013
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman2013
Matthew Meets the Man by Travis Nichols2013
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen2013
A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix2013
Jump into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall2013
The Glass Collector by Anna Perera2013
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha2013
Light on the Prairie by Nancy Plain2013
Dodger by Terry Pratchett2013
Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus2013
Starters by Lissa Price2013
The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley2013
Take What You Can Carry by Kevin C. Pyle2013
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport2013
The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef2013
The Jade Notebook (Indigo Notebook (Hardback)) by Laura Resau2013
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes2013
The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers2013
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi2013
Anyway*: *A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti by Arthur Salm2013
Rachel's Secret by Shelly Sanders2013
The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler2013
Secret Letters by Leah Scheier2013
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer2013
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher2013
Freedom's a-Callin Me by Ntozake Shange2013
Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin2013
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick2013
My Sister's Stalker by Nancy Springer2013
A different mirror for young people : a young people's history of multicultural America by Rebecca Stefoff2013
For What It's Worth by Janet Tashjian2013
Time Snatchers by Richard Ungar2013
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente2013
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini2013
My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve2013
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker2013
Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World by Sally M. Walker2013
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman2013
The Survivors by Will Weaver2013
Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson2013
The Secret Keepers by Paul Yee2013
Anya's War by Andrea Alban2012
Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer2012
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court by Marc Aronson2012
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan2012
Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn J. Atwood2012
All Good Children by Catherine Austen2012
Death Watch by Ari Berk2012
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal2012
Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2012
Black and White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor by Larry Dane Brimner2012
At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems by Leslie Bulion2012
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis2012
Stay by Deb Caletti2012
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson2012
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle2012
Deadly by Julie Chibbaro2012
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore2012
Where I Belong by Gillian Cross2012
Flirt Club by Cathleen Daly2012
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen2012
Auslander by Paul Dowswell2012
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen2012
Phantoms In The Snow by Kathleen Benner Duble2012
The Other Countess by Eve Edwards2012
My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson2012
The Traitor's Smile by Patricia Elliott2012
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle2012
The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine2012
Belladonna by Mary Finn2012
The Blackhope Enigma by Teresa Flavin2012
The Summer of May by Cecilia Galante2012
Five Thousand Years of Slavery by Marjorie Gann2012
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos2012
Butterflies by Susanne Gervay2012
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain2012
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier2012
Warped by Maurissa Guibord2012
Alice Bliss: A Novel by Laura Harrington2012
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett2012
Why Do I Have to Eat Off the Floor? by Chris Hornsey2012
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard2012
Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko2012
Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps by Gail Jarrow2012
This Girl Is Different by J. J. Johnson2012
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton2012
The Girl Behind the Glass by Jane Kelley2012
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby2012
Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man by Katherine Kirkpatrick2012
The Bill of Rights (Documents of Democracy) by Dr Stephen Krensky2012
The Constitution (Documents of Democracy) by Stephen Krensky2012
The Declaration of Independence (Documents of Democracy) by Stephen Krensky2012
The Emancipaton Proclamation by Stephen Krensky2012
May by Kathryn Lasky2012
Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature by Dora Lee2012
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories by Kelly Link2012
The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric2012
Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl2012
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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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