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 August Pick

The Blackbird Girls
Author: Anne Blankman

This book was impossible to put down. The constant suspense as well as the shifting family and religious dynamics kept me on the edge of my seat. Religious conflict, World War II, living within the Soviet Union in a time with limited religious and expressive liberties, and abusive family relationships as told from the perspectives of three young children was both captivating and heartbreaking.

They all faced the direct consequences of decisions they had nothing to do with and didn’t fully understand, and yet, they persevered and survived by trusting each other, making this story incredibly powerful.

The beautiful imagery makes readers feel as though they are looking through a window into a different time. I could picture the red skies and ashy clouds of Pripyat and the blackened leaves, as well as Valentina’s fear of what would ensue. Read more…

–Arya, 15 years old, & Anna 13 years old, New York, NY.

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