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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

Well, after years of baking, sewing, matchmaking, surviving, crab catching, and alligator wrestling (to name a few), reality TV finally reached it.The final frontier. In this month’s Big Picture, Gina Damico’s Waste of Space, a crew made up of teens–selected for their attractiveness and penchant for arguing–blasts off with cameras rolling into intergalactic drama, and the ratings rocket up along with them. But something’s not right with this interstellar show stopper and readers will soon find out there’s more fun to be had off scene. Damico does for media frenzy and outer space what Libba Bray did for glamour pageants in Beauty Queens, taking this adventure all the way from comedy to sharp satire.


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.


Cover credit: Art from Waste of Space © 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.