The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2017 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, 2017 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2016. 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 merit.

A Beetle Is Shy

by Dianna Hutts Aston / Sylvia Long

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A Long Pitch Home

by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

$12.00

A Piece of Home

by Jeri Watts / Hyewon Yum

$5.00

Ashes

by Laurie Halse Anderson

$12.00

Before Morning

by Joyce Sidman / Beth Krommes

$12.00

Book Uncle and Me

by Uma Krishnaswami / Julianna Swaney

$12.00

Booked

by Kwame Alexander

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Children of Exile

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

$12.00

Coyote Moon

by Maria Gianferrari / Bagram Ibatoulline

$12.00

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

by Doreen Rappaport / Matt Faulkner

$9.00

Every Day Birds

by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater / Dylan Metrano

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Every Single Second

by Tricia Springstubb / Diana Sudyka

$12.00

Fabulous Frogs

by Martin Jenkins / Tim Hopgood

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Forest of Wonders

by Linda Sue Park / Jim Madsen

$9.00

Freedom in Congo Square

by Carole Boston Weatherford / R. Gregory Christie

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Full of Beans

by Jennifer L. Holm

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Ghost

by Jason Reynolds

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Giant Squid

by Candace Fleming / Eric Rohmann

$12.00

Hidden

by Miriam Halahmy

$12.00

How to Find Gold

by Viviane Schwarz

$9.00

I Am Not a Number

by Jenny Kay Dupuis / Gillian Newland

$12.00

Look Up!

by Jung Jin-ho

$15.80

Makoons

by Louise Erdrich

$12.00

Manatee Rescue

by Nicola Davies / Annabel Wright

$9.00

More-igami

by Dori Kleber / G. Brian Karas

$9.00

My Sister Rosa

by Justine Larbalestier

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Nothing But Trouble

by Jacqueline Davies

$16.30

Original Fake

by Kirstin Cronn-Mills / E. Eero Johnson

$9.00

Pax

by Sara Pennypacker / Jon Klassen

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Penguin Problems

by Jory John / Lane Smith

$15.80

Rainbow Weaver / Tejedora del arcoíris

by Linda Elovitz Marshall / Elisa Chavarri

$12.00

Rescued

by Eliot Schrefer

$9.00

Return

by Aaron Becker

$12.00

Riding Chance

by Christine Kendall

$12.00

Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

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Sam the Man & the Chicken Plan

by Frances O'Roark Dowell / Amy June Bates

$9.00

Steamboat School

by Deborah Hopkinson / Ron Husband

$5.00

The Darkest Dark

by Col. Chris Hadfield / Eric Fan

$12.00

The Firefly Code

by Megan Frazer Blakemore

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The Lie Tree

by Frances Hardinge

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The Memory of Light

by Francisco X. Stork

$9.00

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

by Pat Zietlow Miller / Frank Morrison

$9.00

The Reader

by Traci Chee

$12.00

The Secret Keepers

by Trenton Lee Stewart / Diana Sudyka

$15.80

The Secret Subway

by Shana Corey / Red Nose Studio

$9.00

The Sleeping Gypsy

by Mordicai Gerstein

$12.00

They All Saw a Cat

by Brendan Wenzel

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Thunder Boy Jr.

by Sherman Alexie / Yuyi Morales

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Trouble the Water

by Frances O'Roark Dowell

$9.00

Want to Play?

by Paula Yoo / Shirley Ng-Benitez

$9.00

We Are the Ants

by Shaun David Hutchinson

$9.00

When Spring Comes

by Kevin Henkes / Laura Dronzek

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Who What Where?

by Olivier Tallec

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