CCBC Choices

CCBC Choices is a best-of-the-year list created annually by the librarians of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

Books recommended in CCBC Choices are included in the searchable CCBC- Recommended Books Database.

CCBC Choices 2021

CCBC Choices 2021, recommending 257 books published in 2020, is available as a pdf (this year we are not distributing a pre-printed Choices 2021 booklet).

CCBC Choices 2021 introductory essay.

CCBC Choices 2020

Copies of the CCBC Choices 2020 booklet, recommending 245 books published in 2019, which is fully annotated,with  author, title and subject indexes, are still available on request. See information below about how to obtain one or more copies.

Wisconsin Libraries and Schools

  • Public libraries, schools and other institutions in Wisconsin that are part of the statewide library delivery network: Request one or more copies be sent via the network. Contact Megan Schliesman, 608-262-9503, to request Choices, or with questions.
  • Other Wisconsin schools/districts: If you aren’t part of the statewide library delivery network, we can send copies at no cost to any public library in Wisconsin. Contact your local public library to see if they are able to receive a shipment for you, and then contact Megan with the quantity requested, library name and contact person, and delivery network information. Please note that due to COVID-19 public libraries may not be able to accommodate such requests at this time.

Note: Shipments will take longer to process and send due to following COVID-19 protocols.

Individuals in Wisconsin

  • Send $5.00 (to cover postage and handling) OR a self-addressed envelope (6.5 x 9″ or larger) with $4.00 postage to:

CCBC Choices
401 Teacher Education
225 N. Mills Street
Madison, WI 53706

Individuals outside Wisconsin

  • Order online from the Friends of the CCBC ($10.00 out-of-state) OR
  • Send $10 to:

CCBC Choices
Friends of the CCBC, Inc.
P.O. Box 5189
Madison, WI 53705

You must send payment with order–no purchase orders accepted.

Past Editions of CCBC Choices

Past editions of CCBC Choices are also available as PDFs online through the University of Wisconsin Digital Library. (This is not a searchable database.) Annotations from CCBC Choices since 1990 are part of the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database, a subscription-based searchable database with reviews from the CCBC and many other sources.

CCBC Choices 2021 cover

Choices Essays on Publishing Trends

Each edition of CCBC Choices includes an essay on publishing trends that we observed in the previous year. Read our annual essays, which are part of our occasional On Books and Publishing series.