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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

Fascinating (and accurate) details are the hallmark of a successful period piece and this month’s Big Picture paints 1938 Britain with ease and elegance. Elizabeth Wein’s The Pearl Thief has the added bonus of a witty and perceptive narrator in Lady Julie Beaufort-Stuart, whose budding abilities to code switch among classes and genders will serve her well as a spy–code name Verity–later in 1943 France. Yes, this is the prequel to Wein’s critically acclaimed novel, but even as a stand alone book, this is a tale that’s gripping and absorbing tale in its own right–if it leads readers to Julie’s riveting future story, then so be it.

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.

2017 Gryphon Award

The recipients of the 2017 Gryphon awards have been announced.  The titles chosen best exemplify those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.The award is sponsored by the Center for Children’s Books at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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.

ALA awards

The American Association has announced its Youth Media Awards. You can check out the full list here or at the ALA website.

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.

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