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.

children's book committee logo

Our Mission

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.
Contact us

"A Lady Has the Floor" book cover

Children's Book Committee July Pick

A Lady Has the Floor
Author: Kate Hannigan

“Teacher, lawyer, and candidate in 1880’s presidential campaign, this courageous, determined suffragette broke down barriers of inequality. Quote integrated in folk art illustrations. Extensive back matter. This is a great book! I like that it is about history and is also entertaining. It is a true story about Belva Lockwood, the first woman to run for president over 100 years ago. The book tells about all the difficulties she had to overcome to do what she wanted to do, just because she was a woman. I felt bad for the women back then and glad that someone like Belva was there. I liked the timeline at the back of the book, because it went beyond her lifetime to tell about other political women. I liked the illustrations. They were interesting in the way they were drawn with a broken pottery effect. I also liked seeing the photograph of her at the end of the book.”

– Maizie, 9 Years Old, Washington D.C.

Past Monthly Picks