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We are one of the nation’s leading children’s book review journals for school and public librarians. We provide concise summaries and critical evaluations to help you find the books you need for your library’s collection.

This month’s Big Picture

0117Shady government ops, scientists, and one powerful secret weapon. It sounds like the making of a movie, but Jonah Winter brings the factual account of the Manhattan Project to young readers in this month’s Big Picture, The Secret Project. This picture-book gem presents the historical episode with quasi-folkloric core, reaching multiple audiences at varied levels of prior knowledge and understanding. Adults tasked with shepherding youth of all ages through the darkest episodes of history will appreciate so moving and versatile a guide.

ribbon-w_-star2016’s Blue Ribbons are here!

Blue Ribbons are awarded to books that the Bulletin staff have selected to be the best of the year. This year is full of surprises, including delightful titles in folklore and nonfiction.

2016 Guide Book to Gift Books

The New Year brings a host of gift giving opportunities and we’re here to help!  ourwrapped-package latest Guide Book to Gift Books is updated and revised edition to assist you with all your shopping needs–because who gives anything besides books, right? With over three hundred titles, annotated and organized by age group, our choices are sure to please even your most challenging recipient–and there’s always the bonus of adding a few books to your own TBR list to use that gift card on.

The Center for Children’s Books

The Bulletin is partnered with the Center for Children’s Books, a research center whose mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to youth-focused resources, literature, and librarianship.

Art from The Secret Project
© 2016 by Jonah Winter and used by permission of Beach Lane Books.