The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2016 Edition

THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year.
The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2015. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.
Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.
* denotes outstanding


by Katherine Applegate

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I’m Cool!

by Kate McMullan / Jim McMullan

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Lost. Found.

by Marsha Diane Arnold / Matthew Cordell

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Mother Bruce

by Ryan T. Higgins

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Old Wolf

by Avi / Brian Floca

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Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D. Schmidt

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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson / R. Gregory Christie

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The Nest

by Kenneth Oppel / Jon Klassen

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The Tale of Rescue

by Michael J. Rosen / Stan Fellows

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This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

by Dave Eggers / Tucker Nichols

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Two White Rabbits

by Jairo Buitrago / Raphael Yockteng



by Kevin Henkes

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