Best of the Best
Presented by the Chicago Public Library Department of Children and Young Adult Services and the Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services, Best of the Best is a free, annual, all-day in-service program for librarians, teacher-librarians, and reading and children’s literature specialists. Join us each year to learn about more than 150 titles for children and young adults that Chicago Public Library considers the very best books published in the previous year.
The Best of the Best books are selected by Chicago Public Library’s Children and Young Adult Services Department, which reviews notable titles from among those selected for monthly Book Order evaluation throughout the year, as well as those suggested by CPL children’s librarians and recommended by a wide variety of review sources. Titles selected must adhere to the following criteria:
- Meet a variety of demands on the collection
- Make long term contributions to children’s literature
- Meet high standards of writing and illustration
- Add zip to programs and special projects