Children’s Book Committee

Best Children’s Books of the Year

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 then 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.

2018 Edition

includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2016. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider 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. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.

The Best Children’s Books of the Year 2018 Individual Reading Lists

Under Five (pdf)
Five to Nine (pdf)
Nine to Twelve (pdf)
Twelve to Fourteen (pdf)
Fourteen and Up (pdf)

The Best Children's Books of the Year cover

The Best Children's Books of the Year 2018

Print Edition
To purchase a print copy for $10.00, please contact Cindy Weill at cweill@bankstreet.edu.