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.

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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.

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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Book cover of Keeping the City Going

Children's Book Committee September Pick

Keeping The City Going
Author: Brian Floca

A tribute to the essential workers – from health care providers to first responders – on whom everyone depended during the COVID pandemic.  Exquisitely rendered watercolor art.

“My favorite part was the people in the drawings. The drawings looked really good. I liked the part where they were cheering at 7 o’clock because it looks like fun to do with pots and pans and real instruments. (I just used my voice to cheer out of my window).

I didn’t like that there weren’t many people shown on the street because more people are on the street now in New York City. The book is special because it’s unique… because it’s about a unique time in New York City.”

–Isabel, 6 years old, New York, NY.

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