The majority of CBC programs are only open to CBC Member Publishers. Learn more about the Benefits of Membership here.
CBC Best of Lists
The CBC partners with various organizations to create yearly book lists that are educator and student-targeted, and aim to be a helpful resource in and outside of the classroom. The final lists are distributed by the CBC and the co-sponsoring associations to educators, librarians, parents, caregivers, booksellers, and children’s book lovers nationwide.
- Children’s Choices
- Young Adults’ Choices
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students
- Best STEM Books
Publishers: Learn more about these lists here.
Curated Reading Lists
- Hot Off the Press: Features CBC member titles being published in the current month
- CBC Showcase: A thematic list that features both front and backlist titles. A new theme and titles are featured quarterly.
- Inclusivity Resources: Curated collections of book lists and resources available on our member publishers sites, as well as those of other organizations.
CBC Members: Learn more about submitting to these list here.
CBC Diversity Initiative
CBC Diversity Initiative advocates for an inclusive and representative children’s publishing industry. CBC Diversity creates content for the CBC Blog including industry news, book spotlights, CBC Diversity event information, and educational blog posts for everyone invested in children’s literature. The initiative also sponsors the CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Awards, given annually to professionals or organizations in the children’s publishing industry who have made a significant impact on the publishing and marketing of diverse books, diversity in hiring and mentoring, and efforts that create greater awareness with the public about the importance of diverse voices. View the 2018, 2019, and 2020 award winners online.
The CBC Diversity Committee coordinates most of our initiatives, which include an ongoing effort to partner with organizations such as We Need Diverse Books, Brown Bookshelf, and Futures & Options to further spread knowledge about current events in the children’s book industry as well as showcase the opportunities available for emerging talent. It also coordinates with industry professionals for blog posts on the CBC site and for Multicultural Book Day.
CBC members: watch videos of previous CBC Diversity events here.
The Children’s Book Council continues to collaborate with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) on a series of “Meet the Author/Illustrator” columns for the AASL journal Knowledge Quest. Each column embodies the 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, and only CBC member publishers can take advantage of this opportunity.
CBC Members: Learn more about submitting to these list here.
ALA-CBC Joint Committee Events and Resources
The CBC works in partnership with the American Library Association to connect publishers and librarians over issues and topics of importance to both. This committee hosts programs at librarian conferences and conventions throughout the year, featuring CBC member publishing staff and book creators. The ALA-CBC Committee creates two lists, each released every other year. These lists are to provide guidance to parents, caregivers, educators, librarians, booksellers, and anyone interested in discovering books for children.
- Reading Beyond: For adults who are seeking more challenging, but still age-appropriate, books for children who read at an advanced level.
- Building a Home Library: These diverse, high-quality library lists are organized by age groups (from 0 to 14) and feature under-the-radar gems and notable new reads on a variety of topics to help families create at-home libraries.
Other Partner Lists and Features
The CBC works with our partner organizations on various books list and author features throughout the year. These include opportunities for Every Child a Reader programs and organizations including Girl Scouts of the USA, Little Free Libraries, Screen Free Week, ALA, ABA, NYPL, and BPL. The CBC partners with organizations to facilitate the submission and careful consideration of CBC member books for the Mathical Award, Bank Street College’s Children’s Book Committee Spanish Language list, and more. Publishers are also able to share their books directly with kids and teens in need through various donation opportunities.
CBC Ed. Talks
New in 2020, CBC Ed Talk is a series of monthly educational events for CBC member publisher staff, hosted on Zoom, that expands the programming created by the CBC Forum and other committees. These events feature a variety of topics of interest to publishing professionals across departments and job levels.
CBC Members: Watch videos of previous Ed. Talks programs.
CBC Forum Series
CBC Forums provide the children’s publishing industry with information and discussion on current trends and issues. The panels consist of knowledgeable professionals and consumers inside and outside the publishing industry. Forum topics are developed by the CBC Forum Committee. These professional-development events are open only to the employees of CBC members. Events are recorded for members unable to attend in person.
CBC Members: watch videos of previous CBC Forums here.
Early Career Committee
Through dynamic programming created by the industry’s young professionals, the Children’s Book Council’s Early Career Committee (ECC) offers career development, a friendly social community, and networking and volunteer opportunities. Employees of CBC member publishers are invited to attend. The ECC also distributes a newsletter and contributes content to the CBC Blog including resources, articles, interviews, and more.
CBC Members: watch videos of previous ECC events here.
CBC Annual Meeting
Open to employees of member publishers, the CBC’s Annual Meeting reviews the business of the only national trade association for children’s book publishers. A guest speaker is invited each year to address a topic of interest to the industry at large. Previous speakers at the Annual Meeting include:
- Renee Jain and Dr. Shefali Tsabary
- Philip Kurien
- Laurie Hernandez
- Jason Reynolds
- Christopher Myers
- Sonia Manzano
- Dr. Michael Yogman
- Alan Sitomer
- Dr. Maryanne Wolf
- Duncan Watts
- Pamela Paul
- Brooke Gladstone
- Nick Biltonrfe
CBC members: watch videos and view slideshows from previous Annual Meetings here.
Children's Book Week
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 administered by Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the anchor sponsor. The 100th anniversary was celebrated in 2019.
Readers: Visit the official Children’s Book Week Store for posters, t-shirts, and more!
Graphic Novel Committee
The CBC Graphic Novel Committee works to expand the presence and legitimacy of children’s and young adult graphic novels through programming at various conventions and ComicCons. The committee has sponsored and provided the panelists for programming at ComicCon International, New York ComicCon, Emerald City ComicCon, BookCon, BookExpo, and more.
Goddard Riverside CBC Young People’s Book Prize for Social Justice
Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize celebrates the power of the written word to create change in the name of justice for all people—a value shared by the publishing community and Goddard Riverside. It will be given each year at Goddard Riverside’s Book Fair Gala in the fall.
This prize was created in 2020 and is given in celebration of nonfiction books for young readers that represent urban life and themes of community, compassion, and equality—complementing the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice for adult readers.