Selection Criteria

Criteria for Selection

Committee members are library and education professionals who work with children and young adults and volunteer their time to read over 100 titles annually. Criteria for selection of the master lists include the following:

  • Written by an author living in North America
  • Copyright within five years of award date.
  • Literary quality and favorable reviews.
  • Interest, appeal, and developmental levels for students in grades K-12.


We are currently reading for our 2020-2021 list.

If you are interested in nominating a book for consideration or if you are interested in joining the committee, please send your suggestions to












Chosen by New Mexico's Children