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.

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

by Doreen Rappaport / Matt Faulkner

$9.00

Fabulous Frogs

by Martin Jenkins / Tim Hopgood

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Freedom in Congo Square

by Carole Boston Weatherford / R. Gregory Christie

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Manatee Rescue

by Nicola Davies / Annabel Wright

$9.00

Original Fake

by Kirstin Cronn-Mills / E. Eero Johnson

$9.00

Pax

by Sara Pennypacker / Jon Klassen

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Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

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The Door by the Staircase

by Katherine Marsh / Kelly Murphy

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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

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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