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Jan. 22, 2018
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The Hidden Life of a Toad, written and illustrated with photographs by Doug Wechsler, and published by Charlesbridge, is the winner of the 2018 Gryphon Award for Children's Literature.

The Gryphon Award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is given annually by the Center for Children's Books (CCB). The prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade, and which best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers. With a core of regular committee members, the award has become a way to contribute to an ongoing...

Jan. 10, 2018

The staff at The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) has announced the 2017 Blue Ribbons, their choices for the best of children's and young adult literature for the year. Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by BCCB reviewers and represent what they believe to be outstanding examples of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books for youth.

Thirty-two titles received Blue Ribbons for 2017, and the full list is available on the BCCB website. "The Blue Ribbons are a testimony not only to the literature's quality but to its breadth," said Editor Deborah Stevenson. "We've got a heartbreaking novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement; a compelling poetry collection built on a dialogue with poets of the Harlem Renaissance; sophisticated nonfiction presenting Vincent Van Gogh in a way never seen before; and a gentle picture book presenting a long family car trip in the rain."

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Nov. 15, 2017

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has released the 2017 Guide Book to Gift Books. This annual publication, available as a free downloadable pdf, highlights more than three hundred of the best books for giving and receiving. 

The Guide Book is organized by age group for easier access to the right books for a particular recipient: Picture Books, Books for Young Readers (Grades 1-3; 6-8 years), Books for Middle Readers (Grades 4-6; 9-11 years), and Books for Older Readers (Grades 7-12; 12-18 years). The guide offers a broad range of styles, genres, subjects, and challenge levels. 

"In an ever-changing world, books continue to provide joy for both children and adults," said Deborah Stevenson, editor of The Bulletin. "Whether those children take joy in boisterous humor, pensive poetry, or sweeping fantasy...

Jan. 31, 2017
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Weekends with Max and His Dad, written by Linda Urban and illustrated by Katie Kath, and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is the winner of the 2017 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature. The Gryphon Award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is given annually by The Center for Children's Books (CCB). This year's committee was chaired by Assistant Professor Deborah Stevenson, CCB director, and Kate Quealy-Gainer, assistant editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

The prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding English-language work of fiction or nonfiction, for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade...

Jan. 10, 2017

The staff at The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) has announced the 2016 Blue Ribbons, their choices for the best of children's and young adult literature for the year. Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by BCCB reviewers and represent what they believe to be outstanding examples of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books for youth. Thirty-three titles received Blue Ribbons for 2016; the full list is available on the BCCB website.

According to BCCB editor Deborah Stevenson, "This year's list runs the gamut from hilarious picture books to pulse-pounding true tales of history to captivating takes on classic folktales. What's not to love about a lineup that includes samurais, bears dealing with bedtime, and Baba Yaga?"

Founded in 1945, BCCB is one of the nation's leading children's book review journals for...

Nov. 14, 2016

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has released the 2016 Guide Book to Gift Books. This annual publication, available as a free downloadable pdf, highlights more than three hundred of the best books for giving and receiving. 

The Guide Book is organized by age group for easier access to the right books for a particular recipient: Picture Books, Books for Young Readers (Grades 1-3; 6-8 years), Books for Middle Readers (Grades 4-6; 9-11 years), and Books for Older Readers (Grades 7-12; 12-18 years). The guide offers a broad range of styles, genres, subjects, and challenge levels. 

"We've seen some truly amazing books in the last few years, and the Guide Book to Gift Books is our way of letting people know how many wonderful titles are out there just waiting to get to the right young person," said...

Jan. 28, 2016

The staff at The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) has announced the 2015 Blue Ribbons, their choices for the best of children’s and young adult literature for the year. Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by BCCB reviewers and represent what they believe to be outstanding examples of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books for youth.

Thirty-five titles received Blue Ribbons for 2015, and the full list is available on the BCCB website. “Every year the experience is both new and old,” said editor Deborah Stevenson. “We were delighted this year with so many wonderful titles for younger readers, and we're also finding an increasing number of books that challenge traditional category boundaries and find creative new approaches to storytelling both fact and fiction.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, founded in 1945, is one of the nation's leading children's book review...

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