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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.

September’s Big Picture

Nobody knows better than Jon Scieszka how to turn a kiddie tale on its head and produce true, gleeful chaos. In this month’s Big Picture, The Real Dada Mother Goose, he and illustrator Julia Rothman partner in a goofy subversion, recasting the canon of Western nursery rhymes and Blanche Fisher Wright’s iconic illustrations into something with more contemporary kid appeal. This exercise in DIY iconoclasm will make for a memorable start to a new year of learning; no treasured verse will be safe again once readers master these outlines for literary mischief.

We’re hiring!

The Bulletin is looking to fill two new reviewer positions. Candidates should have writing experience and a passion for children’s literature. Come join us! Details here.

2021 Blue Ribbon Awards

2021 Blue RibbonsIn a year of continued uncertainty, a steady stream of brilliant books comforted, challenged, and charged us to push forward through difficult circumstances. We offer our guide of the best books of 2021 in the hope we can support those struggling to get the right books into the hands of the right reader.

75 Years of Children’s Literature

The 75th volume year of the Bulletin is being commemorated in a digital timeline exhibit at https://ccb.ischool.illinois.edu/ccb75/. As the Bulletin prepares to move into its future, take a look at its past, in glorious black and white and on bleed-through onionskin paper.

ALA Awards

The American Association has announced its Youth Media Awards. You can check out the full list on our awards page 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 illustration from The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense. Text copyright © 2022 by Jon Scieszka. Illustrations copyright © 2022 by Julia Rothman. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.