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 teachers, 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.
2020 submissions are NOW OPEN from June 5 through July 8, 2019. Learn how to submit here.
Homepage 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.
- Diverse Kids and YA Lit: Features both front and back list titles and can be added to any time of the year
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 maintains a blog with resources including industry news, book spotlights, event information, and educational blog posts for everyone invested in children’s literature. The CBC Diversity Committee plans events throughout the year to foster discussion within the publishing community through Diversity Dialogues and Diversity Panels. There is an ongoing effort to partner with organizations such as Futures and Options to further spread knowledge about current events in the children’s book industry as well as showcase the opportunities available for emerging talent. Events and panels hosted by the CBC Diversity Committee take place at conventions/conferences and other public locations throughout the year as we work to connect with readers, creators, educators, and kids on diversity focused topics. 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, teachers, 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 Sesame St. Workshop, Little Free Libraries, Screen Free Week, ALA, ABA, NYPL, and BPL. The CBC partners with organizations to facilitate the submission and careful consider 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.
Book Expo America
Each year, the CBC partners with the ABC Children’s Group at ABA on popular events at BookExpo that give children’s book creators and booksellers the opportunity to connect over new or forthcoming titles. Current events are the Silent Art Auction and Speed Dating with Children’s Authors & Illustrators. Only CBC member publishers are invited to submit their authors for our Speed Dating event. CBC Members: Learn more about submitting to these list here.
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 maintains a website with 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:
- 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 will be celebrated in 2019. Readers: Visit the official Children’s Book Week Store for posters, t-shirts, and more!