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

My Happy Year

Children's Book Committee June Pick

My Happy Year by E. Bluebird
Author & Illustrator: Paul Meisel

Using dates to mark development, a newly hatched Eastern Bluebird describes her first year in simple language and detailed illustrations. Introduction, map, glossary, and references on the end papers (pp. 6-8).

My Happy Year is an amazing book in my opinion. You, yourself, might try reading it. It’s about a bluebird who was scared to fly away from her nest. Her brothers and sisters flew away first. Finally, she flew away. Then she saw that fall was coming. She saw some bluebirds migrating south, so she joined them.

–River, 8 years old, Alna, ME.

Past Monthly Picks