Center for Children’s Literature

Children’s Book Committee

CBC LogoThe 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 December Pick

The Cat I Never Named
Authors: Amra Sabic-El-Rayess with Laura Sullivan
Shazleen Kahs

Love, resourcefulness, and a faithful cat give Muslim teenager Amra and her family the strength to survive the Bosnian genocide, 1992-1995. Spot illustrations, resources. (16-18).

The Bosnian War is a conflict I had never heard before prior to reading this book. However, for Amra the war was the most influential factor of her late childhood. I’m so grateful that I was able to learn about it from this book. It is a brutal reminder that our social studies textbooks may gloss over many world events that occurred outside of our little bubble of United States history. Nonetheless, this fact does not make these events any less significant.

To achieve world peace we must first look at every war and battle, grieve for every life lost, sympathize for everyone affected by the war and not just the leaders and heroes but also the regular citizens just trying to survive, and most importantly we must teach others about these events so we can prevent them from occurring again. Read more…

–Anna, 14 years old, Mt. Sinai, NY.

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