Sunday 12 April 2015

Cooperative Children's Book Center: 2015 CCBC Choices

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (sadly abbreviated to the CCBC, same as our Canadian Children's Book Centre) is
"is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children's and young adult literature. The CCBC is a non-circulating examination, study, and research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children's and young adult literature. The CCBC is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Education (SoE), and receives additional support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)." (Retrieved from on April 12, 2015). 
In March, the CCBC annually announces its top picks in children's books from the previous year.  The 2015 CCBC Choices are organized into 17 categories.  I've highlighted those 6 categories in which youngCanLit titles have been included, and would like to congratulate those editions of youngCanLit included in this impressive list.

Science, Technology, and the Natural World

Seasons and Celebrations

Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature

Peach Girl
by Raymond Nakamura 
Illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Pajama Press

Reviewed here

Historical People, Places and Events

Biography and Autobiography

Contemporary People, Places, and Events

Issues in Today’s World

Understanding Oneself and Others

The Arts


To This Day: For the Bullied and the Beautiful
by Shane Koyczan
Annick Press

Reviewed here

Concept Books

Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
by Christine Baldacchino
Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Groundwood Books

Reviewed here
by Michael Ian Black
Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Simon & Schuster

Picture Books for School-Age Children

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press

Winter Moon Song
by Martha Brooks
Illustrated by Leticia Ruifernández
Groundwood Books

Reviewed here

From There to Here
by Laurel Croza
Illustrated by Matt James
Groundwood Books

Reviewed here

The Lion and the Bird
by Marianne Dubuc (misspelled in the news release)
Enchanted Lion

Any Questions?
by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books

Reviewed here

King for a Day
by Rukhsana Khan
Illustrated by Christiane Krömer
Lee & Low

Mr. Frank
by Irene Luxbacher
Groundwood Books

Reviewed here

The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
by Chieri Uegaki
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Kids Can Press

Books for Beginning Readers

Books for Newly Independent Readers

Fiction for Children

The Swallow: A Ghost Story
by Charis Cotter
Tundra Books

The Madman of Piney Woods
by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Cat at the Wall
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books

Reviewed here

Fiction for Young Adults

Tin Star
by Cecil Castelucci
Roaring Brook Press

Moon at Nine
by Deborah Ellis
Pajama Press

Reviewed here

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondeim
by E. K. Johnston
Carolrhoda Lab

This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki
Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Groundwood Books

Review here

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