Center for Children’s Literature

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. Every year it produces comprehensive annotated book lists for children aged infant through 16.

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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.
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Children's Book Committee March Pick

Enemy Child
Author: Andrea Warren

A young child forcibly interned with his family grows up to become a congressman committed to constitutional rights. Archival photographs and extensive back matter.

Enemy Child is about a boy who is Japanese, in World War 2 his family was taken to the camps that Japanese people were put in after Pearl Harbor. What makes this book special is that it tells the story of the person, and it’s a real story. It gives his emotions of what he felt during that time. He tells his life story, and I feel like I wouldn’t be comfortable talking about that type of stuff, like how people from his neighborhood were being taken and he was always worried his family would get arrested, his father would get arrested. His father helped Japanese people, which was the people they were targeting most. What I liked most about this book is the way he shares his feelings. There was this one quote that his father had told him about not letting people bring you down that really stood out to me.

–Alexa, 11 years old, New York, NY.

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