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 January Pick

The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean
Author: Dean Robbins
Illustrator: Sean Rubin

After walking on the moon, astronaut Alan Bean devotes his later career to capturing that experience on canvas. Distinct illustration styles portray the events alongside archival photographs.

I loved this book. It was so cool! The astronaut, Alan, went to the moon, and then painted pictures of being on the moon with bright colors. This book is a non-fiction book; it happened for real! My favorite part of the book was the pictures and the footprints Alan’s boots left in the moon dust. I also liked when Alan was playing and skipping on the moon; he threw something into space and it never came back because there is no gravity in space. (My mom told me that.) I would definitely recommend this book to other kids. I really liked it.

–Penelope, 6 years old, New York, NY.

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