Center for Children’s Literature

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.

Our Mission

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 May Pick

Made in Korea
Author: Sarah Suk

Two Korean-American teens, each trying to balance family duty with their own ambitions, find themselves in a hostile entrepreneurial rivalry, complicated by their mutual attraction.

“Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. I really liked how relatable the characters and their struggles were. I understood Valerie’s frustration with her mother for always comparing her to her sister and Wes’s desire to belong somewhere. I also liked how the author incorporated Korean food and culture into the story. It made the story more realistic and unique. There weren’t a lot of things that I disliked about the book. However, I wish that the author had wrapped up the stories of the side characters a little bit more. I was left wondering what happened to some of the less-important characters. Overall, this book was captivating, fun to read, and I would definitely recommend it.”

–Chloe L., age 13, New York City

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