Center for Children's Literature Blog

Young Reviewers Wanted!

The Children’s Book Committee from the Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature is looking for some Young Readers to review our award-winning books!

If interested send an email with your child’s name, age, and book choice to We’ll send you a Review form and an Interest sheet. Reviews are due April 1. Happy reading!

The winners of the Claudia Lewis Award for the best poetry are:

For young readers “I Am Every Good Thing” by Derrick Barnes with illustrations by Gordon C. James from Penguin/Nancy Paulsen:

A joyful celebration of Black boys and the wonderful things that they are and can be, told in energetic lyrical language and accompanied by boldly colored oil painted illustrations. Recommended for ages 5-8+.

For older readers is “Flooded: A Requiem for Johnstown” by Ann E. Burg from Scholastic Press:

In lyrical verse, a chorus of six children and other witnesses share their personal stories about the catastrophic collapse of a dam in 1889. Recommended for ages 11-14+.

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