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Welcome to the homepage of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, one of the nation's leading children's book review journals for school and public librarians.

Dogs and cats are a dime a dozen in kids' books, but elephant seals? Well, this month's Big Picture features the story of Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas, an actual elephant seal who relocated from the wild to the busy city of Christchurch in New Zealand. Meanwhile, our Dozens focuses on books that are interesting but structured, easing that tricky transition from picture books to chapter books.  As always, check out what we starred this month and our quote of the month.

After plenty of reading and deliberation, the Bulletin staff is pleased to announce our 2013 Blue Ribbon award winners, the titles that earned our regards as best books of the past year.

The holidays are over but if you've still got gift-giving opportunities or are just looking for a few suggestions, take a look at our updated and revised 2013 Guide Book to Gift Books. Over three hundred titles, annotated and organized by age group, will help you select the perfect books for giving and receiving (you can even download the PDF to your smartphone and have it on hand while shopping).

Check out the Stellar Series list! We've highlighted some notable series that come highly recommended and have at least three volumes, the most recent of which has been published in the last twelve months. Happy reading!

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