For over a century, New York’s Bank Street College of Education has been a bastion of childhood achievement. Their programmes “combine the study of human development, learning theory, and sustained clinical practice to produce well-prepared educators ready to help students flourish.”

As part of its mission, the college is a strong supporter of children’s literature, not to mention an longstanding champion of great writing.

The college compiles an exhaustive annual list of the best works of children’s literature published in the preceding year, and I’m proud to report that Natsumi’s Song of Summer made this year’s cut.

And when I say exhaustive, I mean it. There are over 600 books on the 2021 list, a testament to the constant stream of great books being written and published for youth around the world.

To explore the complete list, click here.