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

Guys Read: Terrifying Tales

by Jon Scieszka / Gris Grimly

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Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

by Lesléa Newman / Amy June Bates

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by Sam Gayton / Alice Ratterree


Mummy Cat

by Marcus Ewert / Lisa Brown

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings

by Tanya Simon / Mark Siegel


Sunny Side Up

by Jennifer L. Holm / Lark Pien

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The Marvels

by Brian Selznick

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The Parakeet Named Dreidel

by Isaac Bashevis Singer / Suzanne Raphael Berkson


The Wolf Wilder

by Katherine Rundell


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