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Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – December 2019 Pick

This book was different because it had NO WORDS! My mom and I made a story up of a dad and his son going on a fishing trip. They see a big whale in danger. The son says, “WE HAVE TO HELP!” So the dad and some other people save the whale. When the dad is swimming back, he looks tired, and so the son has to save him. In the end the whale jumps out of the water to say: “Thank you for saving me!”

Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – November 2019 Pick

Our young reviewer has this to say about Louise Greig’s book “Sweep.” I like that Ed decides not to be in a bad mood and I also like that he thinks twice about his bad mood. I like the pictures because they are very beautiful with the hot air balloons and the fair.

Jerry Craft

Bank Street Announces Jerry Craft as 2020 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is delighted to announce that Jerry Craft will be the 2020 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. Jerry Craft is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle-grade novels. He is also known for his syndicated newspaper comic strip, Mama’s Boyz. Jerry was […]

Lenny's Book of Everything
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – October 2019 Pick

Lenny’s Book of Everything was inspiring and eye-opening. I particularly enjoyed this book because it highlights the love one experiences when being part of a family: sibling and mother love.

Polar Bear: Science Comics
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – September 2019 Pick

Filled with humor, this book shares the harsh realities of life in the arctic and how polar bears survive. One of young reviewers said, “It has good information with a lot of action. I like the parts about eating. How to eat a seal was funny and I didn’t know that walrus meat was tough.”

They call me guero - blog
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – August 2019 Pick

I found this book extremely fun and entertaining to read. Although the story was told through poetry, I was still able to get a sense of different characters, settings, and picture the descriptions in my head. The fast-paced poetry was an exciting and interesting platform of telling Güero’s story, and the conflicts were well explained.

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BookFest @ Bank Street, Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is thrilled to announce that Joseph Bruchac, author and storyteller, will be our keynote speaker. For over 40 years, Joseph Bruchac has been creating literature and music that reflect his indigenous heritage and traditions. He is a proud Nulhegan Abenaki citizen and respected elder among […]

Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – July 2019 Pick

Stefano liked the part when the mom and baby were walking around and found the library. When they first got there they first felt nervous and were confused, but the library became like a home to them where they felt happy, excited and smart, because books help you learn things and reading is awesome.

My Happy Year (blog2)
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – June 2019 Pick

My Happy Year is an amazing book in my opinion. You, yourself, might try reading it. It’s about a bluebird who was scared to fly away from her nest. Her brothers and sisters flew away first. Finally, she flew away. Then she saw that fall was coming. She saw some bluebirds migrating south, so she joined them.

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Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – May 2019 Pick

When judges deprive African American cowboy, George Fletcher, of a rodeo victory, the spectators support him. This book has rhythmic prose, dynamic oil illustrations and extensive back matter. Stefano, our young reviewer, really liked the message – it doesn’t matter about your skin color, what matters is who you are and what you do.

We Don't Eat Our Classmates
Awards

Announcing the Irma S. Black 2019 Winner!

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is thrilled to announce that We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney/Hyperion 2018) is our Irma Simonton and James H. Black 2019 winner. The three honor books are: Stumpkin written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins; published by Atheneum Books for […]

Counting on Katherine
Awards

Announcing the 2019 Cook Prize Winner!

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is delighted to announce that Counting on Katherine written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk; published by Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company is the 2019 Cook Prize winner. The honorees are: Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones by Sara Levine, illustrated by […]

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Awards

The Annual Children’s Book Committee Awards Were a Great Success!

On April 4, 2019, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education celebrated the publication of its annual Best Books of the Year list and its yearly awards including the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for nonfiction, the Claudia Lewis Award for poetry, and the Josette Frank Award for fiction. The Committee was delighted to […]

Heart Body Mind blog
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – April 2019 Pick

A Heart In A Body In The World Author: Deb Caletti Annabell, 17, embarks on a cross-country run from Seattle to Washington DC in an attempt to outrun the pain from a terrible tragedy. Colorful illustrations and photos. Our Young Reviewer Says: A Heart In A Body In The World, by Deb Caletti, chronicles Annabelle […]

Titanosaur
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – March 2019 Pick

Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur Author: Dr. José Luis Carballido & Dr. Diego Pol. Illustrator: Florencia Gigena In this fictionalized account of the discovery and excavation of the largest dinosaur yet found, excitement and wonder fill the pages. Colorful illustrations and photos. Our Young Reviewer Says: “Excellent book. It is different from other dinosaur […]