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 July Pick

Treasure of the World
Author: Tara Sullivan

Ana, 12, yearns to leave the Bolivian silver mine where her family works. A mining accident forces her to confront her fears and make dangerous choices.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

Treasure of the World by Tara Sullivan is well written, exhilarating, and always leaves you wanting more. This book does not just tell you a story but paints a beautiful picture of Sullivan’s early life. The setting of the Bolivian mines is not a common place for stories to take place, however, the author describes the settings in such detail it feels like you are there. Sullivan did not shy away from mature themes like alcohol abuse, marital abuse, and child labor but instead accentuated them to the levels in which they really applied to her story. She also brought awareness to the working conditions in which she worked. She makes the reader feel so much emotional connection to the characters. My favorite part of the book is the way she describes Belen, her step-sister. Sullivan calls her the girl with crooked braids and a big imagination. There was not a word of the book I didn’t love.”

Ava, age 13, New York City

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