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September’s Big Picture

Hearts rarely come back together the way we want them to after breaking, as the two protagonists in this month’s Big Picture, Butterfly Yellow, discover. Eighteen-year-old Hằng has finally made it to the U.S. after fleeing Vietnam and heads out to find her younger brother who’d been babylifted out of out of their home country years earlier. LeeRoy, an aspiring cowboy, is wrangled into driving her to a ranch in Amarillo, where Hằng’s now eleven-year-old brother lives but wants nothing to do with her.  Lại manages to weave a tale is devastating, humorous, and ultimately hopeful, one that will leave readers considering how individually unique and unexpected the path toward healing can be.

2018 Bulletin Blue Ribbons

We’re happy to share our annual Blue Ribbon list, celebrating the best and brightest of children’s and YA literature from the last year. It’s been a year of inspiring originality across the board, interlaced with some vivid new takes on classic stories. It’s a particularly good year for female subjects, with complex portrayals of girls dominating the fiction list and several compelling biographies (and one autobiography) scaffolding the nonfiction; picture books are strong on the celebration of bonds, whether with grandparents, parents, or new friends. Since only books that can stand as independent reads are eligible for Blue Ribbons, be sure also to check out our period Series Spotlight feature, where we highlight literary achievements whose impact requires two or more books for full force. In the meantime, you’ll find something for just about every young reader here.

Gryphon Award


Baby Monkey, Private Eye, written by Brian Selznick and David Serlin illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, 2018), is the winner of the 2019 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature. The prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding English language work of fiction or non-fiction that is exemplary in its bridging of the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.



The 2018 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

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 art from Butterfly Yellow © 2019. Reproduced by permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books.