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 October Pick

Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper
Author: Candace Fleming
Illustrator: Julie Downing

I loved this book! I loved how the lady was taking care of the animals. I really liked how the babies wouldn’t let go of her and how every morning she went to take care of them and she turned a room in her house into a nursery for them. It was sad when they wouldn’t let her go in the animals’ cages when they were older – I am sure they would not have hurt her. I really liked the pictures, they added to the story. It was funny when they went to the store to buy everything for a baby but they ended up using it for a baby tiger! I felt sad when the mother tiger wouldn’t care for her baby. It was really cool that they put a picture of the real woman at the end.

–Ayla, 8 years old, New York, NY.

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