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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 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 closed

Sample Submission Guidelines:
2019 CHOICES Submission Guidelines

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

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

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