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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.

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      by Jung Jin-ho

      Mar 2017

      Primary

      Ages 5–9, Today
      Dramatic aerial views tell the story of a wheelchair-bound girl on a balcony who urges passersby below to look up! Black-and-white illustrations with full-color accents.

      Lucy and Linh

      by Alice Pung

      Feb 2017

      Young Adults

      Ages 14 & Older, Coming of Age *
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Sharp and honest, Alice Pung's novel examines what it means to grow into the person you want to be without leaving yourself behind.

      When the Moon Was Ours

      by Anna-Marie McLemore

      Feb 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Ages 14 & Older, Magical Realism
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      2017 Stonewall Book Award, Honor
      Best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in trees.

      My Name Is James Madison Hemings

      by Jonah Winter

      Jan 2017

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Ages 9–12, Historical Fiction
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      This powerful historical picture book is an evocative first-person account by the child of founding father Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings. Author's note. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic on bristol board.

      Riding Chance

      by Christine Kendall

      Jan 2017

      City Elementary

      Ages 12–14, Today
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      In this story of family, brotherhood, and a hero's journey amid city streets and an uncertain future, an urban kid finds redemption through the grit and power of polo.

      A Torch Against the Night

      by Sabaa Tahir

      Dec 2016

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      Ages 12–14, Fantasy
      $12.00  $5.00  Member Price
      Helene’s mission is horrifying, unwanted, and clear: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape—and kill them both.

      Still Life with Tornado

      by A. S. King

      Dec 2016

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Ages 14 & Older, Magical Realism
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      A heartbreaking story of a talented teenage artist's surreal awakening to the horrifically unoriginal brokenness of her family.

      Unscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel

      by Lygia Day Peñaflor

      Dec 2016

      Young Adults

      Ages 14 & Older, Today
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress but she struggles to find herself on a film set where all that matters is what she's not prepared to do.

      Riverkeep

      by Martin Stewart

      Nov 2016

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      Ages 12–14, Fantasy
      $12.00  $5.00  Member Price
      Wulliam’s father’s job is to keep the river clear of weeds, ice, and corpses. When he is pulled under the water one day and emerges possessed, Wull embarks on an epic journey in search of a cure.

      Kids of Appetite

      by David Arnold

      Nov 2016

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Ages 14 & Older, Coming of Age
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      After his father's death, Vic falls in with a mysterious and alluring band of kids that wanders his New Jersey neighborhood.

      As I Descended

      by Robin Talley

      Nov 2016

      Current Trends High Plus

      Ages 12–14, Magical Realism
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school's ultimate power couple—but one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

      Sea Change

      by Frank Viva

      Jul 2016

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Ages 12–14, Coming of Age
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      Spending the summer in Point Aconi, Nova Scotia, feels like a punishment. But then Eliot earns his sea legs on Uncle Earl's boat, tastes delicious lobster, and meets mysterious, pretty Mary Beth. Three-color illustrations drawn in pencil and india ink and colored digitally.
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