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.


Book cover of Keeping the City Going

Children's Book Committee September Pick

Keeping the City Going
Author: Brian Floca

A tribute to the essential workers – from health care providers to first responders – on whom everyone depended during the COVID pandemic. Exquisitely rendered watercolor art.

“My favorite part was the people in the drawings. The drawings looked really good. I liked the part where they were cheering at 7 o’clock because it looks like fun to do with pots and pans and real instruments. (I just used my voice to cheer out of my window).

I didn’t like that there weren’t many people shown on the street because more people are on the street now in New York City. The book is special because it’s unique… because it’s about a unique time in New York City.”

–Isabel, 6 years old, New York, NY.

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