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Children's Choices

Children's Choices

Each year, children from Kindergarten – 6th grade in five regions of the United States read newly-published children’s trade books and vote for the ones they like best. Five review teams across the country work with their local classroom teachers and librarians to incorporate the books into classroom activities. These Children’s Choices, selected from hundreds of titles submitted by publishers, 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)

Browse and search the Children’s Choices lists here.

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WINNING TITLES (Annotated Lists)

View more lists on ILA’s website.

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.

Publishers: Learn more about submitting titles to this listEmail Jena.Groshek@cbcbooks.org with questions.

Young Adults’ Choices

Young Adults’ Choices

Each year, students in grades 7 to 12 from five different regions of the United States read newly-published teen trade books and vote for the ones they like best. Five review teams across the country work with their local classroom teachers and librarians to incorporate the books into classroom activities. The annual Young Adults’ Choices, selected from hundreds of titles submitted by publishers, can be used successfully in reading programs and can be related to classroom curricula.

The ILA Young Adults’ Choices began in 1987 as an annual project of the International Literacy Association. In 2019, the Young Adults’ Choices were added to the partnership with CBC, who already work closely with ILA on the yearly Children’s Choices.

Browse and search the Young Adults’ Choices lists here.

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WINNING TITLES (Annotated Lists)

View more lists on ILA’s website.

Submissions to the Young Adult’s Choices program may become finalists in the Teen Choice Book Award, the only national child-chosen awards program in the country.

Publishers: Learn more about submitting titles to this list. Email Jena.Groshek@cbcbooks.org with questions.

Notable Social Studies

Notable Social Studies

The Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People is an annual project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the CBC running since 1972. This bibliography features K-12 annotated titles published in the previous calendar year that are exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators. The book review committee is appointed by the NCSS.

The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

Browse and search the Notable Social Studies lists here.

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WINNING TITLES (ANNOTATED LISTS)

View more lists on NCSS’s website.

Publishers: Learn more about submitting titles to this listEmail Jena.Groshek@cbcbooks.org with questions.

Outstanding Science Trade Books

Outstanding Science Trade Books

A joint project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the CBC since 1973, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 represents the year’s best science books, chosen by science educators. The selection panel looks for well-presented books that contain substantial science content, that are also clear, accurate, up-to-date, and reflect current scientific research.

The annotated bibliographies feature titles published in the previous calendar year and selected by a book review committee appointed by the NSTA. Titles are grouped by category, including Archaeology, Anthropology, and Paleontology; Biography; Earth and Space Science; Environment and Ecology; Life Science; Physical Science; and Technology and Engineering. Each annotation contains bibliographic data.

Browse and search the Outstanding Sciences lists here.

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WINNING TITLES (Annotated Lists)

View more annotated lists on NSTA’s website.

Publishers: Learn more about submitting titles to this list. Email Jena.Groshek@cbcbooks.org with questions.

Best STEM Books

Best STEM Books

Best STEM Books is a joint project of the American Society for Engineering Education, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council. since 2017 This list of 31 books aims to provide recommendations to educators, librarians, parents, and guardians for the best children’s books with STEM content.

Reviewers appointed by NSTA, ITEEA, SEPA, and ASEE read and evaluate the submitted books. Their selections are published in a yearly list appearing in NSTA Reports and ITEEA’s Children’s Technology and Engineering magazine and are promoted through membership networks and at partner conferences.

WHAT IS STEM? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is an integrated and creative approach to discovering and applying knowledge about our world to solve problems that utilize one, or more of the content areas. Trade books that deliver background and model the practices of STEM provide context and inspiration to readers.

The selection committee will evaluate submission based on its adherence to the following criteria:

  • Models innovation
  • Illustrates authentic problems
  • Assimilates new ideas
  • Invites divergent thinking
  • Explores multiple solutions
  • Integrates STEM disciplines
  • Shows progressive change or improvement
  • Content accuracy–appropriate to age and audience

Browse the Best STEM lists here.

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WINNING TITLES (Annotated Lists)

View more annotated lists on NSTA’s website.

Publishers: Learn more about submitting titles to this listEmail Jena.Groshek@cbcbooks.org with questions.

Reading Beyond

Reading Beyond

For anyone interested in discovering books for children reading at an advanced level, this list includes 75 books chosen every two years by the American Library Association & Children’s Book Council’s Joint Committee.

The lists consist of 25 titles each in three age categories: K-1st graders reading at a 3rd-grade level, 2nd-3rd graders reading at a 5th-grade level, 4th-5th graders reading at a 7th-grade level. These books were evaluated by the ALA member librarians of the committee and were chosen for their content, quality, and variety of genre and format. All the book annotations in the handouts available below are original descriptions written by librarians.

The Reading Beyond lists celebrate the power of books to lift and expand children’s minds, providing reading experiences beyond levels and limits.

Browse and search the Reading Beyond lists here.

Email Ryan.Mita@cbcbooks.org with questions.

Build a Home Library

Build a Home Library

Every two years, the ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, partner to create free Building a Home Library lists. These lists — organized by age groups from 0 to 14 — feature under-the-radar gems, multicultural books, and notable new reads.

Create a high-quality library for kids at home! Building a Home Library lists provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling an at-home library for the kids in their care.

Browse and search the Building a Home Library lists here.

Email Ryan.Mita@cbcbooks.org with questions.

Others

Others

The CBC partners with various organizations to bring even more curated lists:

  • Screen-Free Week
  • Bank St. Spanish Books
  • Mathical
  • Little Free Library Action Book Club

Email Shaina.Birkhead@cbcbooks.org with questions.

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