The Committee

A passionate and diverse team of 27 teachers, librarians, booksellers, and publishing professionals who came together from across the country to hand-pick the best books for today's kids.

The Process

Over a period of many months, the committee worked together to:

  • Determine selection criteria
  • Nominate titles
  • Discuss, debate and deliberate nominations
  • Select which books to include in the collection

The Mission

To curate and communicate the most worthwhile reading choices for today’s young readers.

50 Top Choices for Preschool

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

A Cool Drink of Water

Freight Train

Not a Box

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50 Top Choices for Kindergarten

Amazing Grace

Little Bear

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Z Is for Moose

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50 Top Choices for 1st Grade

Ruby's Wish

Hi! Fly Guy

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade

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50 Top Choices for 2nd Grade

Big Red Lollipop

The Best Seat in Second Grade

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Actual Size

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50 Top Choices for 3rd Grade

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Judy Moody

Lowji Discovers America

Where the Sidewalk Ends: 30th Anniversary Special Edition

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50 Top Choices for 4th Grade

Frindle

Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

Tuck Everlasting

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

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50 Top Choices for 5th Grade

The City of Ember

Esperanza Rising

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

Smile

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50 Top Choices for Middle School

Chains

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City

Tangerine

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