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

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

by Marika McCoola / Emily Carroll

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Book Scavenger

by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

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Buddy and Earl

by Maureen Fergus / Carey Sookocheff

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by Cynthia DeFelice

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Fright Club

by Ethan Long

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Goodbye Stranger

by Rebecca Stead

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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


Leo: A Ghost Story

by Mac Barnett / Christian Robinson


Maya’s Blanket / La manta de Maya

by Monica Brown / David Diaz

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Nooks & Crannies

by Jessica Lawson / Natalie Andrewson

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by Andrew Smith / Sam Bosma


Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

by Laurel Snyder / Julie Morstad

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The Jumbies

by Tracey Baptiste

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The Night World

by Mordicai Gerstein

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Trombone Shorty

by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews / Bryan Collier

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