Page Links

Children's Book Committee

The Children's Book Committee

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-16. The Committee reviews over 6000 titles each year for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. It chooses the best 600 books, both fiction and nonfiction, which it lists with annotations, according to age and category.

The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018 Edition


The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2016. In choosing books for the annual list, committee members consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.

We are very pleased to announce The Best Children’s Books of the Year is back in print! Purchase a print copy of the 2018 Edition for your collection. Please contact to place your order.


Support the CBC

If you wish to support the work of the Committee, you may now make a donation online. Please see the Bank Street fund page and choose "Support the Children's Book Committee" in the drop down menu Thank you!