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Children’s Choices

The reading list kids pick!
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2018 winners announced! 

Each year, over 12,500 children from different regions of the United States read newly-published children’s and young adult trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children’s Choices, selected from more than 900 titles, can be counted on as books children really enjoy reading.

Since 1974, Children’s Choices has been a trusted source of book recommendations used by teachers, booksellers, librarians, parents, caregivers — everyone who wishes to encourage young people to read for pleasure — and children themselves.

The project is co-sponsored by the CBC and the International Literacy Association (ILA).


Winning Titles (Annotated Lists)

Visit literacyworldwide.org for previous years’ lists.


Selection Process
Each year, publishers submit hundreds of titles to be evaluated and voted on by over 36,000 children. Throughout the school year, five review teams across the country work with their local classroom teachers and librarians to incorporate the books into classroom activities. The top titles are announced at the ILA Annual Convention in July. The fully annotated list of Children’s Choices appears in early May on the ILA website.  


The Children’s Choice Book Awards

Submissions to the Children’s Choices program may become finalists in the Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national child-chosen awards program in the country.


Join the project!
Would you like to become a part of this exciting project? The complete packet of Team Leader responsibilities and application information is available online.


Publishers: How to Submit

The submission period for the 2019 list is NOW OPEN from June 5 through July 3, 2018

Due to feedback from publishers who submitted, we encourage you to use whatever submission method works best for you. Feel free to download, fill out, and email the spreadsheet regardless of number of titles submitted. The Google Form will remain available if you prefer to submit by that method.

Please read the Submission Guidelines, then use the Submission Form or spreadsheet to submit your titles:
2019 CHOICES Submission Guidelines
2019 CHOICES Submission Form
 or use our 2019 Submission Spreadsheet

For your convenience we’ve made it possible for everyone to download our spreadsheet, regardless of the number of titles. Please fill it out and email it to Laura Peraza.

Please contact Laura Peraza with any questions about submitting your titles.

For full instructions on how to submit to all of our CBC BEST lists, click here.

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