Children’s Book Committee

Young Reviewers Program

The Young Reviewers Program includes children—from toddlers through high school students—who read and review books that are currently being considered by the Children’s Book Committee (CBC) for our Best Children’s Books of the Year list and Children’s Book Awards. Some Young Reviewers have been in the program for years and many have highlighted their experience on school and scholarship résumés.

Started more than 20 years ago, the program supports the CBC’s longstanding mission to evaluate books for children, parents, librarians, and educators by focusing on how books can affect young readers. Members of the CBC have a wide range of experience in the world of education, writing, and book publishing, but the voices of children through the Young Reviewers Program provide the committee with valuable insights into the literature we read throughout each year. Reviews are shared with committee members at weekly meetings and, at the end of the year, the CBC will consider many criteria when compiling the Best Children’s Books of the Year List, including the thoughts of our Young Reviewers. Excerpts from some reviews are shared on social media and at our awards ceremony in the spring.

For more information about our program, please email youngreviewers@bankstreet.edu.


Children's Book Committee May Pick

Made in Korea
Author: Sarah Suk

Two Korean-American teens, each trying to balance family duty with their own ambitions, find themselves in a hostile entrepreneurial rivalry, complicated by their mutual attraction.

“Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. I really liked how relatable the characters and their struggles were. I understood Valerie’s frustration with her mother for always comparing her to her sister and Wes’s desire to belong somewhere. I also liked how the author incorporated Korean food and culture into the story. It made the story more realistic and unique. There weren’t a lot of things that I disliked about the book. However, I wish that the author had wrapped up the stories of the side characters a little bit more. I was left wondering what happened to some of the less-important characters. Overall, this book was captivating, fun to read, and I would definitely recommend it.”

–Chloe L., age 13, New York City

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