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The CBC co-sponsors four reading lists, three annual and one bi-annual. CBC member publishers can submit their titles to these annual bibliographies, which are popular resources for teachers, librarians, parents/caregivers, and children’s literature lovers. This service is available to members for free or at highly discounted rates:
- Children’s Choices: An annual project of the CBC and the International Reading Association, the Children’s Choices list is chosen by five teams of children across the country. Since 1975, Children’s Choices has been a trusted source of book recommendations used by teachers, librarians, parents—and children themselves. Submissions to the Children’s Choices program may become finalists in the Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. More.
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People: A reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by twelve social studies educators. This is an annual project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the CBC. More.
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: A joint project of the National Science Teachers Association and the CBC since 1973, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 represents the year’s best books for science classrooms, chosen by science educators. More.
The CBC also collaborates with ALA on a bi-annual reading list:
- ALA-CBC Building a Home Library Reading List: The Building a Home Library bibliographies, created by the ALA-CBC Joint Committee, provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling a high-quality library for their children at home. These lists, included on Oprah.com and the ALA and CBC websites, highlight exceptional books published by CBC members. The list is updated every two years. More.
Feature your titles on the CBC home page reading lists! Hot off the Press highlights the newest titles from our member publishers, our thematic Seasonal Showcase brings attention to classic and backlist titles, and CBC Diversity highlights diversity-friendly children’s titles. Books featured on our home page reading lists receive additional promotion via tweets @CBCBook and on the Children’s Book Council’s Facebook page.
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The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. Launched in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader (ECAR), the program celebrates young readers by recognizing the books that matter the most to them.
In 2013, over one million votes were cast online by kids and teens. CBC members may submit their titles to the Children’s Choices Program, which determines the Book of the Year finalists in the Children’s Choice categories, for free or at a highly discounted rate. MoreClose
The CBC Diversity bookshelf curates front and backlist books by CBC member publishers to raise awareness of the diversity-friendly content already in existence. The bookshelf, hosted on Goodreads and featured on the CBC home page, catalogs titles based on theme and appropriate age. More.Close
Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The program is sponsored by the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and administered by Every Child a Reader (ECAR).
In 2013, the CBC and ECAR hosted more than 150 fun-filled official events in over 50 cities nationwide, connecting children with the creators of their favorite books. Official events take place at book festivals, bookstores, libraries, and cultural centers and museums; while countless local events are held in classrooms, homes, and anywhere else young readers connect with books.
Only CBC member publishers can nominate their authors and illustrators to appear at official events, which are promoted in national and local markets, via our social media platforms, and on bookweekonline.com. More.Close
Each year, the CBC partners with the ABC Children’s Group at ABA on popular events at Book Expo America that give children’s book creators and booksellers the opportunity to connect over new or forthcoming titles. Only CBC member publishers are invited to submit their authors for consideration.
- Speed Dating with Children’s Authors
20 authors and illustrators meet over 100 booksellers in small groups for three-minute roundtable talks. The selection committee looks for a mix of new and established authors who have high energy, charisma, and the ability to make a great impression in a short amount of time.
- Tea with Children’s Authors
A ticketed event for booksellers and librarians only, Tea with Children’s Authors brings together small groups of booksellers/librarians with individual authors for refreshments and a 45 minute conversation about the author’s life and work. This event is ideal for an established author with a new project to highlight. Authors are selected for this program based on their profile and literary appeal, as well as the strength of their highlighted project.
- Illustrator Studio Tours
Groups of 4 to 6 booksellers are taken on a tour of children’s illustrators’ studios — giving booksellers a behind-the-scenes peek into the creative lives of today’s top talent, and illustrators the opportunity to showcase their work to valuable hand-sellers.
The Children’s Book Council collaborates with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in a series of Meet the Author/Illustrator columns for the AASL journal Knowledge Quest. Each column embodies common goals that AASL and CBC share: belief in the power of reading enjoyment and immersive learning and a commitment to a high level of literacy for every child. Columns are written by authors and illustrators with a wide variety of styles and genres. This opportunity is only available to CBC member publishers. Read previous Meet the Author/Illustrator columns here.Close
The CBC coordinates special sessions at conferences and conventions, including BEA, IRA, NCSS, and NSTA. Only CBC members can nominate their authors and illustrators to appear at these well-attended programs, which allow authors to present their work directly to an engaged audience of booksellers, teachers, librarians, and educators.Close