The Children's Book Committee bang in 1909 as part of the family life education program of the Child Study Association of America, an organization devoted to guiding parents in their understanding of child development. Today's Committee includes 40 members from various professions concerned with children and books including writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, teachers, and parents; and is dedicated to aiding parents, teachers, and librarians choose books that children will find captivating and transforming.
To aid in book collection, The Children's Book Committee provides the most comprehensive annotated book lists for children, aged infant-16, in their annual Best Books of the Year list. The Committee reviews over 6000 titles and makes decisions based on accuracy and literary quality, and they consider the emotional impact a text will have on children. From this list, 600 books, both fiction and nonfiction, are categorized by age with detailed annotations for each book.
The 2018 Best Books of the Year list has been announced, and includes Katie' Green's graphic memoir Lighter Than My Shadow. Green's impactful graphic novel was published in October 2017 and is a hand-drawn story of struggle, abuse, eating disorders, and recovery. For the full description see below:
A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery.
Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast.
But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly. One day you can find yourself being told you have two weeks to live.
Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.
For the full list of titles included in the Best Books of the Year list, click here.