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.

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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 September Pick

Survival Tails: The Titanic
Author: Katrina Charman

With the help of friends, four-legged Mutt sneaks aboard the Titanic to reunite with his beloved, young owner, Alice.

“This book about the Titanic is told in the voices of the animals on the ship. I like that because it makes the story less freaky, than if it was told from a human perspective. At first I didn’t want to read it, and thought it would be too freaky, but I decided to start with the Fact File at the end of the book, which got me interested and helped ease into the book. After that, it was gripping and I didn’t want to put it down. There was suspense when I thought the father in the story was going to die, and then relief when he didn’t.”

– Maizie, 9 years old, Washington, DC.

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