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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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Science Comic: Polar Bears

Children's Book Committee September Pick

Science Comics: Polar Bears Survival on the Ice
Author: Jason Viola
Illustrator: Zack Giallongo

Filled with humor, this book shares the harsh realities of life in the arctic and how polar bears survive. Humorous graphic illustrations. Glossary, notes and resources. This month our young reviewers, Nofi and Ari, are cousins.

I learned a lot about how polar bears live; I didn’t know that polar bears’ hair is transparent, not white. I really liked it when they told how polar bears never lift their tails except to poop.

–Nofi, 9 years old, Toronto, Canada.

It has good information with a lot of action. I like the parts about eating. How to eat a seal was funny and I didn’t know that walrus meat was tough.

–Ari, 7 years old, Brooklyn, NY.

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