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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Bank Street’s 2010 Choices

We eagerly await the annual list of books chosen by the Bank Street College of Education as books that work well with children from birth to age 14. Each year, the Children’s Book Committee reviews over 6000 titles each year for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. It chooses the best 600 books, both fiction and nonfiction, which it lists according to age and category.

Lucy Sprague Mitchell founded the Bureau of Educational Experiments in 1916 in New York City. Observing how children learn, Bank Street brought about reforms in the way children are taught. Today, the College is well-known for its School for Children, its school of education, and its graduate programs.

Here are the books written or illustrated by CLN members which appear on this year’s list of the Best Books.

2010 Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year List


Birth to age 5:

It's Picture Day Today!Daddy, Papa, and Me and Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman (Tricycle Press)

It’s Picture Day Today! by Megan McDonald, illus by Katherine Tillotson (Atheneum)

Snow! by Cynthia Rylant, illus by Lauren Stringer (Harcourt)

Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee (Feiwel & Friends)

Ages 5 to 9:

The Longest Night by Marion Dane Bauer, illus by Ted Lewin (Holiday House)

Bella & Bean by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illus by Aileen Leijten (Atheneum)

Song of Middle CBallyhoo Bay by Judy Sierra, illus by Derek Anderson (Simon & Schuster)

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes, illus by R. Gregory Christie (Putnam)

Song of Middle C by Alison McGhee, illus by Scott Menchin (Candlewick)

Ages 9 to 12:

The Last Newspaper Boy in America by Sue Corbett (Dutton)

The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (HarperCollins)

The Magician’s Elephant
by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)

NewsgirlAl Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (Dial Press)

Newsgirl by Liza Ketchum (Viking)

Top of the Order
by John Coy (Feiwel & Friends)

Ages 12 to 14:

Lifting the Sky by Mackie d’Arge (Bloomsbury)

Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta (Knopf)

Special Interests:

There Was an Old Man Who Painted the Sky by Teri Sloat, illus by Stefano Vitale (Henry Holt)

Alfred NobelAlfred Nobel: the Man Behind the Peace Prize by Kathy-jo Wargin, illus by Zachary Pullen (Sleeping Bear)

The Great and Only Barnum: the Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum by Candace Fleming, illus by Ray Fenwick (Schwartz & Wade)

Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart, illus by Constance R. Bergum (Peachtree)

Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know about the Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama
by Ann Bausum (National Geographic)

Red Sings from Treetops: a Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, illus by Pamela Zagarenski (Houghton Mifflin)

Earthquake! by Marion Dane Bauer, illus by John Wallace (Aladdin)

Teens in PakistanA Place for Birds by Melissa Stewart, illus by Higgins Bond (Peachtree)

Snakes! by Melissa Stewart (National Geographic)

Teens in Pakistan by J.M. Bedell (Compass Point)

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