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Children’s Book Committee

CBC LogoThe Children’s Book Committee (CBC) 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 18.

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The CBC 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 Children’s Book Committee strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year. The list includes more than 600 titles chosen by reviewers for 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.

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Children's Book Committee July Pick

Treasure of the World
Author: Tara Sullivan

Ana, 12, yearns to leave the Bolivian silver mine where her family works. A mining accident forces her to confront her fears and make dangerous choices.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

Treasure of the World by Tara Sullivan is well written, exhilarating, and always leaves you wanting more. This book does not just tell you a story but paints a beautiful picture of Sullivan’s early life. The setting of the Bolivian mines is not a common place for stories to take place, however, the author describes the settings in such detail it feels like you are there. Sullivan did not shy away from mature themes like alcohol abuse, marital abuse, and child labor but instead accentuated them to the levels in which they really applied to her story. She also brought awareness to the working conditions in which she worked. She makes the reader feel so much emotional connection to the characters. My favorite part of the book is the way she describes Belen, her step-sister. Sullivan calls her the girl with crooked braids and a big imagination. There was not a word of the book I didn’t love.”

–Ava, age 13, New York City

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