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Spotlight on The Children's Book Council

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If you are interested in children's books, you will want to visit The Children's Book Council (CBC) Web site. Parents, teachers, librarians and others will find valuable reading lists and information about new and award-winning children's books on the CBC site.

What is The Children's Book Council?

The Children's Book Council (CBC) is a national nonprofit trade organization. Its members are United States publishers and packagers of children's and young adult trade books. According to the CBC site, it "is dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books." The organization is an official sponsor of the annual Young People's Poetry Week, the third week in April, and through its foundation, Every Child A Reader, Children's Book Week, the first week in May.

The CBC partners with a number of national organizations on events related to children's books and literacy. For example, The Children's Book Council and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress are the co-creators of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program. The CBC and the International Reading Association (IRA) have co-sponsored the Children's Choices project for more than 30 years.

The Children's Book Council: Reading Lists

Through The Children's Book Council's site, you have access to a number of reading lists. Each month, the site has an annotated Hot Off the Press list with cover art. According to the CBC, "This unique online bibliography features anticipated bestsellers, either recently published or forthcoming, published by CBC members." Quarterly, the CBC features a thematic booklist; for example, in the fall of 2013, the theme was New Grade Here I Come. You can also search for children's books by age, genre, format, and theme.

There are also links to some excellent reading lists created in cooperation with other organizations. The annual Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 reading list is developed with the National Science Teachers Association and the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People reading list is created together with the National Council for the Social Studies.

Additional Online Resources From The Children's Book Council

One of the other online resources is a News & Events section, featuring information about children's book awards and events. You can also download PDFs of columns of Meet the Artist/Illustrator that previously appeared in the AASL journal Knowledge Quest.

However, my favorite is the listing of the members of The Children's Book Council because it is annotated. The information about each member publisher includes the following: name, address and Web site; contact people; ages for whom they publish books; genres; formats; manuscript submissions information; and the number of books published annually.

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