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Winter 2024 Notable Children’s Books Discussions

The Notable Children’s Books Committee is pleased to announce this year’s last set of public discussion meetings. The NCB committee’s charge is to “select, annotate, and present for publication annually a list of notable children’s books published during the preceding year within the terms, definitions, and criteria governing the list.” The committee met in July for public discussion meetings, and this year’s second set of discussions will occur on January 9, 10, and 11, 2024.

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Please register in advance to listen in on these discussions:

The titles to be discussed include:


  • Buzzing written by Samuel Sattin and illustrated by Rye Hickman
  • Calling the Moon: 16 Period Stories From BIPOC Authors edited by Aida Salazar and Yamile Saied Mendez
  • Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust written by Neal Shusterman and illustrated by Andres Vera Martinez
  • The Curious Vanishing of Beatrice Willoughby written by G.Z. Schmidt
  • Eagle Drums written by Nasugraq Rainey Hopson
  • Enlighten Me written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Chan Chau
  • The Eyes & The Impossible written by Dave Eggars and illustrated by Shawn Harris
  • Gone Wolf written by Amber McBride
  • Henry, Like Always written by Jenn Bailey and illustrated by Mika Song
  • Hope in the Valley written by Mitali Perkins
  • The International House of Dereliction written by Jacqueline Davies
  • Kin: Rooted in Hope written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatherford
  • Lasagna Means I Love You written by Kate O’Shaughnessy
  • The Lost Library written by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass
  • The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams written by Daniel Nayeri and illustrated by Daniel Miyares
  • Mexikid written and illustrated by Pedro Martin
  • No Matter the Distance written by Cindy Baldwin
  • Opinion and Opossums written by Ann Braden
  • The Probability of Everything written by Sarah Everett
  • The Puppets of Spelhorst written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Julie Morstad
  • Remember Us written by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Shakti written by S.J. Sindu and illustrated by Nabi H. Ali
  • The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Something Like Home written by Andrea Beatriz Arango
  • The Story of Gumluck The Wizard written and illustrated by Adam Rex
  • Things in the Basement written and illustrated by Ben Hatke
  • The Winterton Deception: Final Word written by Janet Sumner Johnson
  • You Are Here: Connecting Flights edited by Ellen Oh


  • Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Bridget George
  • Before Colors: Where Pigments and Dyes Come From written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Madison Safer
  • The Book of Turtles written by Sy Montgomery and illustrated by Matt Patterson
  • Bridges written and illustrated by Marc Majewski
  • Butt or Face?: A Hilarious Animal Guessing Game Book for Kids written by Kari Lavelle
  • Chinese Menu: The History Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods written and illustrated by Grace Lin
  • Cicada Symphony written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Gareth Lucas
  • Fungi Grow written by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Diana Sudyka
  • Good Books for Bad Children: The Genius of Ursula Nordstrom written by Beth Kephart by illustrated by Chloe Bristol
  • How Do You Spell Unfair? MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison
  • How Old is a Whale? Animal Life Spans From the Mayfly to the Immortal Jellyfish written by Lily Murray and illustrated by Jesse Hodgson
  • Impossible Escape: A True Story of Survival and Heroism in Nazi Europe written by Steve Sheinkin
  • LOL 101: A Kid’s Guide to Writing Jokes written by David Roth and Rinee Shah, illustrated by Rinee Shah
  • Love is Loud: How Diane Nash Led the Civil Rights Movement written by Sandra Neil Wallave and illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity written by Nicholas Day and illustrated by Brett Helquist
  • Paper World: Human Body written by The Templar Company LTD and illustrated by Gail Armstrong
  • A River of Dust: The Life-Giving Link Between North Africa and the Amazon written by Jilanne Hoffmann and illustrated by Eugenia Mello
  • Stand as Tall as the Trees written by Patricia Gualinga and Laura Resau, illustrated by Vanessa Jaramillo
  • Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Jessica Lanan
  • They Hold the Line: Wildfires, Wildlands, and the Firefighters Who Brave Them  written by Dan Paley and illustrated by Molly Mendoza
  • Tomfoolery!: Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children’s Books written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Barbara McClintock
  • Unstoppable: How Bayard Rustin Organized the 1963 March on Washington written by Michael G. Long and illustrated by Bea Jackson
  • What a Map Can Do written by Gabrielle Balkan and illustrated by Alberto Lot
  • What’s Inside a Caterpillar Cocoon? And Other Questions about Moths and Butterflies written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky

Picture Book

  • The Artivist written and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith 
  • Cape written by Kevin Johnson and illustrated by Kitt Thomas
  • Dear Yesteryear written by Kimberly Annece Henderson and lettering by Lettering by Ciara LeRoy
  • Every Dreaming Creature written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
  • Fiona Builds a Fairy House written by Kristen Dickson and illustrated by Celia Krampien
  • Have You Seen My Invisible Dinosaur? written and illustrated by Helen Yoon
  • The Hospital Book written and illustrated by Lisa Brown
  • How This Book Got Red written by Margaret Chiu Greanias and illustrated by Melissa Iwai
  • I’m Going to Build a Snowman written and illustrated by Jashar Awan
  • If I Was a Horse written and illustrated by Sophia Blackall
  • Little Land written and illustrated by Diana Sudyka
  • Maribel’s Year written by Michelle Sterling and illustrated by Sarah Gonzales
  • Mr. S written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo
  • My Powerful Hair written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Steph Littlebird
  • Okra Stew written and illustrated by Natalie Daise
  • The Only Way to Make Bread written by Cristina Quintero and illustrated by Sarah Gonzales
  • Peek-a-Boo Haiku written by Danna Smith and illustrated by Teagan White
  • Remembering written by Xelena Gonzalez and illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia
  • Scroll written and illustrated by Hui Lu
  • The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish written and illustrated by Chloe Savage
  • Simon and the Better Bone written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
  • Sometimes I Cry written by Jess Townes and illustrated by Daniel Miyares
  • A Stone is a Story written by Leslie Barnard Booth and illustrated by Marc Martin
  • Stranded! A Mostly True Story from Iceland written by Ævar Þór Benediktsson and illustrated by Anne Wilson
  • There Was a Party for Langston written by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey and Jason Pumphrey
  • To The Other Side written and illustrated by Erika Meza
  • The Truth About Dragons written by Julie Leung and illustrated by Hanna Cha
  • Two New Years written by Richard Ho and illustrated by Lynn Scurfield
  • Ups and Downs: A Book of Emotions written and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
  • Wombat written and illustrated by Philip Bunting
  • You Are a Story written by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Kristen & Kevin Howdeshell


  • At the Poles written by David Elliot and illustrated by Ellen Rooney
  • My Head has a Bellyache written by Chris Harris and illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi

April Rachelle Roy, chair of the Notable Children’s Books Committee, invites you to attend and hear about these great titles from 2023. All are welcome! Don’t forget to register in advance!

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