Saturday, 16 March 2013

Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2013

Each year, the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC, but not to be confused with the Canadian Children's Book Centre), a non-circulating research and study library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, prepares a list of the best books published the previous year. In 16 categories, the best books are selected, including more than several titles with Canadian origins.  (n.b. I've included two books by Jon Klassen, a Canadian living in the USA and Christopher Paul Curtis who has dual citizenship.)

Please help celebrate the inclusion of these books in the Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2013 lists.

In the Categories of:
  • Science, Technology and the Natural World
  • Seasons and Celebrations
  • Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature
  • Historical People, Places and Events

Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Pajama Press

  • Biography and Autobiography
  • Contemporary People, Places and Events
Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never -Ending War
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books

  • Understanding Oneself and Others
  • The Arts
  • Poetry
  • Concept Books
  • Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
  • Picture Books for School-Age Children

Extra Yarn
by Marc Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins

The Flute
by Rachna Gilmore
Illustrated by Pulak Biswas
Tradewind Books
This is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press

When I Get Older: The Story Behind “Wavin’ Flag”
by K'naan
Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
Tundra Books

Virginia Wolf
by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Kids Can Press

The Matatu
by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eva Campbell
Orca Book Publishers

  • Books for Beginning Readers
  • Books for Newly Independent Readers
  • Fiction for Children
The Mighty Miss Malone
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Wendy Lamb Books / Random House

  •  Fiction for Young Adults
My Name is Parvana
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood / House of Anansi Press
My Book of Life by Angel
by Martine Leavitt
Margaret Ferguson Books / Farrar Straus Giroux
The complete listing of all titles can be found at

Congratulations to all Canadian authors, illustrators and publishers honoured with inclusion on this list!

1 comment:

Marsha Skrypuch said...

Thanks, Helen! A very nice list, indeed!