Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies the best of the best in children’s books – and the year is almost over! According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.
This winter the 2022 Notable Children’s Books Committee will hold open meetings on January 19th, 20th, and 21st starting at 12pm Central. Register to attend one or more of the upcoming meetings here.
The list of discussion titles will be available here the week before the discussions; the list will also be posted on the ALSC Blog. You can see our previous discussion lists from June and November here and here. The committee votes on all titles after the final discussion and the Notable books will be announced at the end of January.
Alex Bell (she/her), chair, and the entire 2022 Notable Children’s Books Committee, are excited to share this opportunity to learn more about critical evaluation of children’s books and listen to their winter discussions; all are welcome!