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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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Book cover of Belle's Journey

Children's Book Committee November Pick

Belle's Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight
Author: Rob Bierregaard and Illustrator: Kate Garchinsky

Scientists and children track a female osprey’s immigration from Massachusetts to South America and back. Dramatic watercolor pencil, ink, and aqua crayon illustrations. Back matter.

“I liked the book so much that I asked my father to buy it for me. I brought it to school to show to my friends and recommend it to them.

Belle is an osprey. You get to meet her as she goes through her first migration, has many encounters along the way, and finds a mate at the end. She starts at Martha’s Vineyard, makes a beeline through Columbia to Rio Madeira. On the way back she rests at Yanomani Village, and at Lake Maracaibo, then flies over the Gulf of Mexico to Cuba where she almost gets shot at a fish farm. She then returns to the Gulf to rest a bit, but flies off quickly to escape a peregrine falcon, going to Florida where she is almost eaten by an alligator. She returns north to the Chesapeake Bay and Martha’s Vineyard. There she meets her mate and they live together on Cape Cod.

I loved everything about this book. I love wild life, especially birds, and especially osprey!! (as it turns out).”

Maizie, 9 years old, Chevy Chase, MD.

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