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Children’s Book Committee – January 2022 Pick

I liked the story because the mom is saying pretty things to the baby. If I were the baby, I would feel special because she is saying such nice things to me.

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Children’s Book Committee – December 2021 Pick

I like how this book tells how trees help other trees survive by sending food through the roots and warning other trees about insects and other dangers. I also like how there are lots of interesting facts at the back of the book. I didn’t know that trees could communicate to each other in a way that we don’t understand. That is very interesting!

Michelle Obama autobiography
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Children’s Book Committee – November 2021 Pick

In a deeply moving and personal narrative, First Lady and humanitarian Michelle Obama tells of her childhood and her path to the White House and beyond in Becoming. This book, an insightful look into the author’s struggle against prejudice and injustice to become one of the most influential voices of our times, is definitely a must-read.

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Children’s Book Committee – October 2021 Pick

This book needs to be read by everyone. This book will walk you through one of the hard realizations in life, and remind you to be grateful for what you have. I loved reading this book, because it made me really think.

Connie Engle

Connie Engle

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education mourns the passing of Constance Engle, daughter of Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black. The Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature was created in 1972 with the help of Connie Engle and her father, James.

Book Cover of Keeping the City Going
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Children’s Book Committee – September 2021 Pick

My favorite part was the people in the drawings. The drawings looked really good. I liked the part where they were cheering at 7 o’clock because it looks like fun to do with pots and pans and real instruments. I just used my voice to cheer out of my window.

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Children’s Book Committee – August 2021 Pick

The Great Godden is about finding the unexpected in the expected. At first, it appears to be a typical summer romance. Subtle foreshadowing from the narrator reveal that it may not be what it seems. The author’s integration of love, manipulation, and adolescence into familial and romantic relationships through the lens of one character is extremely well done.

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Children’s Book Committee – July 2021 Pick

Strong voice: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing is a collection of speeches by various people. Before each speech there is an introduction by Tonya Bolden that talks about who the speaker was and what was happening for the topic of the speech at that time. The book’s beautiful illustrations are by Eric Velasquez.

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Children’s Book Committee – June 2021 Pick

As someone who has read Gary Paulsen’s books since I was a kid, Gone To The Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood is a striking departure from his usual wilderness adventures.In this book, Paulsen relates his childhood experiences memoir-style while recounting various events that shaped him.

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Children’s Book Committee – May 2021 Pick

I like this book because its story can happen in real life, so I can feel like I’m in it without imagining. I like every part of the story line, especially the characters. The book is often hilarious and I wanted it to be so long it would never end.

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Children’s Book Committee – April 2021 Pick

This distinctive book of poetry tells the story of Henry Brown’s life. Brown was born into slavery.  As an adult, he escaped from slavery with the help of the Underground Railroad, by getting himself sent north in a wooden box.

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Young Reviewers!

To be a Young Reviewer send an email with your child’s name, age, and book choice to youngreviewers@bankstreet.edu. We’ll send you a Review form and an Interest sheet. Reviews are due April 1.

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Young Reviewers Wanted!

The Center for Children’s Literature is looking for some Young Readers to review our award-winning books! If interested send an email with your child’s name, age, and book choice to youngreviewers@bankstreet.edu. We’ll send you a Review form and an Interest sheet. Reviews are due April 1. Happy reading!

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Young Readers to Review Our Award-Winning Books!

The Children’s Book Committee from the Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature is looking for some Young Readers to review our award-winning books!

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Children’s Book Committee – March 2021 Pick

Oil is an illustrated book written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. It tells how oil is pumped up from deep underground and runs through pipelines that cross 800 miles of Alaskan wilderness, to ports and then onto ships.