The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2014. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes. Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.
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The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm
Random House Books for Young Readers
When a strange boy shows up at her house and turns out to be her grandfather, eleven-year-old Ellie’s life changes and her interest in science grows. Cheerful black-and-white illustrations of goldfish. (9-12)
This book is a cliffhanger. It was realistic fiction except for the science fiction twist about Ellie’s grandfather. I think it’s cool to see the grandfather as a teenager still with the intelligence of an older person. But Ellie shows real wisdom in the end and learns new things about herself.
– Dante, 10, East Hampton, New York
We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Irma Black Award finalists as picked by our School for Children third and fourth-graders from sixteen semifinalists. The finalists are:
by John Rocco
Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea
by Lynne Cox,
illus. by Brian Floca
(Schwartz & Wade)
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett,
illus. by Jon Klassen
Shh! We Have a Plan
by Chris Haughton
The students spent a month—one week each with rotating sets of four books—working together with their teacher to vote for their favorite book each week, then met with children’s librarian Allie Bruce to discuss the eight books with the most votes and choose the finalists.
Registration is now open for any first or second-grade class that would like to join with classrooms around the country (and the world) to choose our Award winner.
by Megan Jean Sovern
Young Reviewer:This book is different from others for me because it takes place in modern times and the problem is due to a sickness with no cure. I loved how they had footnotes. The footnotes were sometimes helpful and sometimes just funny. I hope Megan Jean Sovern makes a sequel.
– Reese, 11, Colorado