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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.

November’s Big Picture

This month’s Big Picture, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez, follows Mexican-American Julia through the two years following the death of her older sister–the sister who was, at least in Julia’s eyes, the perfect daughter, caring for her family above all else. What could have been a simple problem novel is transformed into a rich look at how complex family dynamics, cultural heritage, and privilege all work to shape one’s identity. Julia manages to be both defiant and sympathetic as she negotiates her circumstances and her dreams for the future in a story that will resonate with many readers.

The 2017 Guide Book to Gift Books is here!

The holiday season 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 one 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.

ribbon-w_-star2016’s Blue Ribbons

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.


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.

 Art from I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter © 2017 by studiohelen.co.uk, used by permission of Pushkin Press.