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

A Nest Is Noisy

by Dianna Hutts Aston / Sylvia Long

$16.99
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Ask Me

by Bernard Waber / Suzy Lee

$5.00

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

by Marika McCoola / Emily Carroll

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Bird & Diz

by Gary Golio / Ed Young

$5.00

Blackbird Fly

by Erin Entrada Kelly

$5.00

Book Scavenger

by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

$16.99
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Buddy and Earl

by Maureen Fergus / Carey Sookocheff

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Bulldozer’s Big Day

by Candace Fleming / Eric Rohmann

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Crenshaw

by Katherine Applegate

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Echo

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Finding Spring

by Carin Berger

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Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy

by Susan Vaught / Jennifer Black Reinhardt

$5.00

Fort

by Cynthia DeFelice

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Fright Club

by Ethan Long

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Game Seven

by Paul Volponi

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Goodbye Stranger

by Rebecca Stead

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Guys Read: Terrifying Tales

by Jon Scieszka / Gris Grimly

$16.99
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Half a Man

by Michael Morpurgo / Gemma O’Callaghan

$5.00

I’m Cool!

by Kate McMullan / Jim McMullan

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In the Canyon

by Liz Garton Scanlon / Ashley Wolff

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Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph

by Lucy Margaret Rozier / Leo Espinosa

$5.00

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

by Lesléa Newman / Amy June Bates

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Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña / Christian Robinson

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Leo: A Ghost Story

by Mac Barnett / Christian Robinson

$5.00

Lilliput

by Sam Gayton / Alice Ratterree

$5.00

Listen, Slowly

by Thanhhà Lại

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Lost. Found.

by Marsha Diane Arnold / Matthew Cordell

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Mango, Abuela y yo (Mango, Abuela, and Me)

by Meg Medina / Angela Dominguez

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Masterminds

by Gordon Korman

$16.99
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Maya’s Blanket / La manta de Maya

by Monica Brown / David Diaz

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Moonpenny Island

by Tricia Springstubb / Gilbert Ford

$5.00

Mother Bruce

by Ryan T. Higgins

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Mummy Cat

by Marcus Ewert / Lisa Brown

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Nimona

by Noelle Stevenson

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Nooks & Crannies

by Jessica Lawson / Natalie Andrewson

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Old Wolf

by Avi / Brian Floca

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Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D. Schmidt

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings

by Tanya Simon / Mark Siegel

$5.00

Pool

by JiHyeon Lee

$5.00

Raindrops Roll

by April Pulley Sayre

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Roller Girl

by Victoria Jamieson

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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson / Sydney Smith

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Smick!

by Doreen Cronin / Juana Medina

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Stand-Off

by Andrew Smith / Sam Bosma

$5.00

Sunday Shopping

by Sally Derby / Shadra Strickland

$5.00

Sunny Side Up

by Jennifer L. Holm / Lark Pien

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Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

by Laurel Snyder / Julie Morstad

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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 Call of the Osprey

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent / William Muñoz

$5.00

The Imaginary

by A. F. Harrold / Emily Gravett

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The Jumbies

by Tracey Baptiste

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The Marvels

by Brian Selznick

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The Nest

by Kenneth Oppel / Jon Klassen

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The Night World

by Mordicai Gerstein

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The Parakeet Named Dreidel

by Isaac Bashevis Singer / Suzanne Raphael Berkson

$5.00

The Potato King

by Christoph Niemann

$5.00

The Skunk

by Mac Barnett / Patrick McDonnell

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The Tale of Rescue

by Michael J. Rosen / Stan Fellows

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The Terrible Two

by Mac Barnett / Kevin Cornell

$13.95
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The War that Saved My Life

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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The Wolf Wilder

by Katherine Rundell

$5.00

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

by Dave Eggers / Tucker Nichols

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Tiny Pretty Things

by Sona Charaipotra

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Trombone Shorty

by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews / Bryan Collier

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Two White Rabbits

by Jairo Buitrago / Raphael Yockteng

$5.00

Waiting

by Kevin Henkes

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