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 June Pick

At the Poles
Author: David Elliott
Illustrator: Ellen Rooney

2024 Best Book of the Year with Outstanding Merit ⭐
A rhyming lyrical look at the wide variety of creatures that inhabit the North and South Poles. Rich multimedia illustrations. Back matter.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

“I like the scary squid. I want to cuddle the penguin babies. The seals are funny. The words are funny. Read again, again, Grandma.”

–Maya, age (nearly) 3, Auckland, New Zealand.

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