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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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