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  • The list of best children’s books of 2014 is made up of picture books. Each of the picture books on the list was selected by The New York Times Book Review’s children’s book editor.

    Genres included in this list of the best books of 2014 include fiction, poetry and nonfiction. The selected books were chosen by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

  • The New York Times Book Review is a Goliath in the industry. In fact, according to Wikipedia, it's one of the most influential and widely read book review publications there is. But as of late, the NYT has come under fire for an underrepresentation of African-American literature.

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  • University professor and author Roxane Gay found that nearly 90% of the New York Times book reviews published in 2011 were of books by white authors. Gay researched the racial background of every author critiqued by the NYT last year, and her study yielded stark results: 31 black authors against 655 white ones. Gay said, "The numbers reflect the overall trend in publishing where the majority of books published are written by white writers."

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It’s hard enough to review a book in 800 words. But to address book-size questions about the nature of literature in that space is probably impossible. If the Internet requires a constant stream of takes, on matters of all sizes, the New York Times Book Review does not. And to impose this mentality on the country’s last free-standing book section seems like a particularly cruel trespass. So leave the essay prompts to the high school freshmen, Times Book Review, and let the writers make something new.