The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015 Edition

THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year.

The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2014. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.

Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.

* denotes outstanding

List published in May


by Ally Condie

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by John Rocco

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by Linda Vigen Phillips

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George in the Dark

by Madeline Valentine

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Hansel & Gretel

by Neil Gaiman / Lorenzo Mattotti

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Harlem Hellfighters

by J. Patrick Lewis


Hello, I’m Johnny Cash

by G. Neri / A. G. Ford

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How It Went Down

by Kekla Magoon

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Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

by Bob Shea / Lane Smith

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Lion, Lion

by Miriam Busch / Larry Day

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Magic in the Mix

by Annie Barrows



by Esther Ehrlich


Rain Reign

by Ann M. Martin

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

by Mac Barnett / Jon Klassen

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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2

by Neil Gaiman / P. Craig Russell

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The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

by Patricia MacLachlan / Hadley Hooper

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The Madman of Piney Woods

by Christopher Paul Curtis


The Secret Galaxy

by Fran Hodgkins / Mike Taylor

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The Witch’s Boy

by Kelly Barnhill


Vango: Between Sky and Earth

by Timothée de Fombelle


Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

by Joyce Sidman / Rick Allen

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by Michelle Houts

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