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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 16.

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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.

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Children's Book Committee June Pick

Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood
Author: Gary Paulsen

Gary’s first experience with a stable family at his aunt’s farm comes to an abrupt end when his alcoholic mother comes to take him to the Philippines.

“As someone who has read Gary Paulsen’s books since I was a kid, Gone To The Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood is a striking departure from his usual wilderness adventures. In this book, Paulsen relates his childhood experiences memoir-style while recounting various events that shaped him.

While a part of the book is still set on a farm with his aunt and uncle, the rest is dedicated to multiple traumatic events that he endured throughout his tumultuous adolescence, from running away to shark attacks.” Read more…

–Michael, 16, years old, Empora, KS.

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