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.

Book Uncle and Me

by Uma Krishnaswami / Julianna Swaney


Every Single Second

by Tricia Springstubb / Diana Sudyka


Full of Beans

by Jennifer L. Holm

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Sam the Man & the Chicken Plan

by Frances O'Roark Dowell / Amy June Bates


The Darkest Dark

by Col. Chris Hadfield / Eric Fan


The Sleeping Gypsy

by Mordicai Gerstein


They All Saw a Cat

by Brendan Wenzel

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