The Best Children's Books of the YearFourteen and Older

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
367 Works 252,191 Books 17,386 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 (88), 2014 (83), 2013 (72), 2012 (45), 2011 (41), 2010 (38)

No Stage 367

WorkYear
I Remember Beirut by Zeinia Abirached2015
Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre2015
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson2015
Horrors of History: People of the Plague: Philadelphia Flu Epidemic 1918 by T. Neill Anderson2015
One Death, Nine Stories by Marc Aronson2015
Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass2015
Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery by Alison Marie Behnke2015
The Island of Excess Love (Christy Ottaviano Books) by Francesca Lia Block2015
Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner2015
Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown2015
Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw2015
The Chance You Won't Return by Annie Cardi2015
The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson2015
The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher2015
Pointe by Brandy Colbert2015
When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan2015
The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor2015
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano2015
Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices by Kirstin Cronn-Mills2015
Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe2015
Something Real by Heather Demetrios2015
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan2015
This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl2015
Exile (Exile Series) by Kevin Emerson2015
Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey2015
Circle of Stones by Catherine Fisher2015
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman2015
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming2015
Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle2015
Elusion by Claudia Gabel2015
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles2015
Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold2015
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray2015
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer2015
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann2015
Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier2015
Minders by Michele Jaffe2015
What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn2015
Guilty?: Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice by Teri Kanefield2015
Pieces of Me by Amber Kizer2015
Grandmaster by David Klass2015
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin2015
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina2015
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno2015
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link2015
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart2015
Always Emily by Michaela MacColl2015
Tease by Amanda Maciel2015
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon2015
Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation by Albert Marrin2015
A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery by Albert Marrin2015
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan2015
Because I Am a Girl: I can change the world by Rosemary McCarney2015
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern2015
Smart Spending: The Teens' Guide to Cash, Credit, and Life's Costs (Financial Literacy for Teens) by Kara McGuire2015
The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell2015
Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho2015
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy2015
Storm by Donna Jo Napoli2015
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson2015
Knockout Games by G. Neri2015
The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff2015
Panic by Lauren Oliver2015
Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter2015
Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons2015
A Matter of Souls (Fiction - Young Adult) by Denise Lewis Patrick2015
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson2015
Straight Punch by Monique Polak2015
(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn2015
We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt2015
Hunt for the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury2015
I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn2015
Schizo: A novel by Nic Sheff2015
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith2015
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith2015
Sekret by Lindsay Smith2015
On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor2015
Fan Art by Sarah Tregay2015
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman2015
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos2015
Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker2015
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller2015
Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath2015
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton2015
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld2015
Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey2015
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer2015
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder2015
Being Henry David by Cal Armistead2014
Burning by Elana K. Arnold2014
The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson2014
Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi2014
Cameron and the Girls by Edward Averett2014
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb2014
Also Known As by Robin Benway2014
Find Me by Romily Bernard2014
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black2014
Taken by Erin Bowman2014
Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael2014
Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter2014
Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark2014
How to Love by Katie Cotugno2014
Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski2014
Foul Trouble by John Feinstein2014
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano2014
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner2014
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason2014
Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman2014
BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant2014
Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin2014
Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill2014
Nine Days by Fred Hiatt2014
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland2014
The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs2014
Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution by Sylvia Johnson2014
Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph2014
Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible by Suzanne Kamata2014
Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes by Matt Kindt2014
A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer2014
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox2014
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg2014
Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan2014
When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon2014
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan2014
Proxy by Alex London2014
The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna2014
My Beautiful Hippie by Janet Nichols Lynch2014
Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean2014
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight2014
Brianna on the Brink by Nicole Mcinnes2014
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal2014
Templar by Jordan Mechner2014
A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger2014
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch2014
Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers2014
More Than This by Patrick Ness2014
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson2014
The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski2014
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian2014
Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex by Bronwen Pardes2014
So Much It Hurts by Monique Polak2014
This is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky2014
Stained by Cheryl Rainfield2014
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell2014
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell2014
God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant2014
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales2014
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson2014
The War within These Walls by Aline Sax2014
The Archived by V. E. Schwab2014
Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon2014
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys2014
Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington2014
On Little Wings by Regina Sirois2014
Bruised by Sarah Skilton2014
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith2014
The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford2014
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma2014
Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub2014
The Language Inside by Holly Thompson2014
My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco2014
OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn2014
Wicked Cruel by Rich Wallace2014
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein2014
The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman2014
Absent by Katie Williams2014
My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story by J. L. Witterick2014
Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston2014
Jerusalem: A Family Potrait by Boaz Yakin2014
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff2014
Roomies by Sara Zarr2014
Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau2013
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson2013
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews2013
The Right & the Real by Joelle Anthony2013
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos2013
Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies by Marc Aronson2013
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi2013
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks2013
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough2013
Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman2013
Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough2013
Diverse Energies by Tobias S. Buckell2013
Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak2013
Seize the Storm by Michael Cadnum2013
The Story of Us by Deb Caletti2013
Love and Haight by Susan Carlton2013
The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci2013
The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats2013
Beta by Rachel Cohn2013
The FitzOsbornes at War by Michelle Cooper2013
After the Snow by S. D. Crockett2013
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley2013
Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis2013
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller2013
True Blue by Deborah Ellis2013
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison2013
The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks2013
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George2013
BZRK by Michael Grant2013
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green2013
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin2013
Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story by Kelly Milner Halls2013
Have a Nice Day by Julie Halpern2013
Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand2013
Three Little Words by Sarah N. Harvey2013
Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo2013
Small Damages by Beth Kephart2013
Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss2013
Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge2013
Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie2013
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers2013
In Darkness by Nick Lake2013
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan2013
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne2013
My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt2013
Every Day by David Levithan2013
37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon2013
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna2013
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer2013
Red Heart Tattoo (Lurlene McDaniel) by Lurlene McDaniel2013
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry2013
The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots (Young Royals) by Carolyn Meyer2013
Cinder by Marissa Meyer2013
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle2013
A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan2013
Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore2013
Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America by Joan Wehlen Morrison2013
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz2013
All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers2013
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver2013
Bushman Lives! by Daniel Pinkwater2013
The Turning by Francine Prose2013
Trafficked by Kim Purcell2013
Crazy by Amy Reed2013
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz2013
Various Positions by Martha Schabas2013
Miracle by Elizabeth Scott2013
This Is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott2013
Hummingbird Heart by Robin Stevenson2013
Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught2013
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein2013
Crow by Barbara Wright2013
Flip by Martyn Bedford2012
Chime by Franny Billingsley2012
Orchestrated Murder by Rick Blechta2012
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody2012
iBoy by Kevin Brooks2012
Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell2012
You Against Me by Jenny Downham2012
Bunheads by Sophie Flack2012
Where She Went (If I Stay, 2) by Gayle Forman2012
Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen2012
Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman2012
Cool Christmas Cheer (Bubblegum) by American Greetings2012
Tighter by Adele Griffin2012
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler2012
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman2012
The Shattering by Karen Healey2012
Pearl by Jo Knowles2012
Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II by Ron Koertge2012
Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman2012
Legend by Marie Lu2012
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta2012
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus2012
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann2012
Recovery Road by Blake Nelson2012
Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan2012
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel2012
The Game of Triumphs by Laura Powell2012
This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers2012
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray2012
Clean by Amy Reed2012
What Is Real by Karen Rivers2012
So Shelly by Ty Roth2012
I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place and Purpose by Jill Rubalcaba2012
Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan2012
Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez2012
To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story by Casey Scieszka2012
The Lucky Kind by Alyssa Sheinmel2012
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor2012
Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace2012
Between by Jessica Warman2012
What Comes After by Steve Watkins2012
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley2012
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright2012
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder2012
Blood Red Road by Moira Young2012
Bullet Point by Peter Abrahams2011
Freak Magnet by Andrew Auseon2011
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi2011
You by Charles Benoit2011
Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick2011
White Cat by Holly Black2011
The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor2011
The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys by Scott William Carter2011
Hush by Eishes Chayil2011
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley2011
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly2011
Friend Is Not a Verb by Daniel Ehrenhaft2011
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg2011
Hope in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum2011
Poisoned Honey: A Story of Mary Magdalene by Beatrice Gormley2011
Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont2011
Teenie by Christopher Grant2011
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett2011
Death Benefits by Sarah N. Harvey2011
Green Witch by Alice Hoffman2011
Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde2011
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab2011
Folly by Marthe Jocelyn2011
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King2011
A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee2011
Hothouse: A Novel by Chris Lynch2011
Tangled by Carolyn Mackler2011
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta2011
The Lighter Side of Life and Death by C. K. Kelly Martin2011
The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony McGowan2011
Nobel Genes by Rune Michaels2011
The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell2011
How to Make a Bird by Martine Murray2011
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers2011
The Mark by Jen Nadol2011
Crazy by Han Nolan2011
The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz2011
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick2011
No and Me by Delphine de Vigan2011
How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story by Tracy White2011
A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by Brenda Woods2011
Backtracked by Pedro de Alcantara2010
Raven Summer by David Almond2010
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson2010
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes2010
Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman2010
Going Bovine by Libba Bray2010
Hate List by Jennifer Brown2010
You Were Loved Before You Were Born by Eve Bunting2010
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd2010
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity by Michael Cart2010
Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas2010
Hidden Voices: The Orphan Musicians of Venice by Pat Lowery Collins2010
Angry Management by Chris Crutcher2010
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow2010
If I Stay by Gayle Forman2010
The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee2010
After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr2010
The Brooklyn Nine by Alan M. Gratz2010
Tempo Change by Barbara Hall2010
North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley2010
Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson2010
Cold Skin by Steven Herrick2010
Willow by Julia Hoban2010
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles2010
Liar by Justine Larbalestier2010
Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan2010
Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel2010
The Devil's Paintbox by Victoria McKernan2010
Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann2010
Winter Song by Jean-Claude Mourlevat2010
Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers2010
The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson2010
Sprout by Dale Peck2010
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison2010
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater2010
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork2010
Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine2010
Response by Paul Volponi2010

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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