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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.

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Children’s Book Committee – February 2021 Pick

What makes this book special is that almost everyone can find a story that they can relate to. I think that it is really important to have representation in books, and this book did a good job of representing a wide range of people.

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Children’s Book Committee – January 2021 Pick

I liked this book and liked how it teaches you that when you work together it makes things easier. I liked how the animals protect each other by being in big groups. I also liked how the author showed all the names of the different animals at the end of the book.

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Children’s Book Committee – December 2020 Pick

My favorite thing about this book is its message of hope, in the form of an adorable, affectionate cat, Maci. When the struggles of the war become too overwhelming, Maci is always there to provide comfort. She motivates her family to keep trying when they want to give up. Whenever she gets lost or separated from the family she never fails to find her way back to the people she loves.

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Children’s Book Committee – November 2020 Pick

This book provides an invaluable perspective for younger generations on how the injustices faced decades ago are still applicable to today’s world. As a descendant of Japanese Americans who were forced into these internment camps, I had heard stories and seen pictures of what life was like there. However, I didn’t fully grasp the extent of the prejudices and trials faced daily.

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Children’s Book Committee – October 2020 Pick

I loved this book! I loved how the lady was taking care of the animals. I really liked how the babies wouldn’t let go of her and how every morning she went to take care of them and she turned a room in her house into a nursery for them. It was sad when they wouldn’t let her go in the animals’ cages when they were older – I am sure they would not have hurt her.

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Children’s Book Committee – September 2020 Pick

“The Voting Booth” by Brandy Colbert is a great example of our world today and how important voting is. This book exposes how people are denied their vote because of their race and how voting can make a difference in our country.

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Children’s Book Committee – August 2020 Pick

This book was impossible to put down. Religious conflict, World War II, living within the Soviet Union in a time with limited religious and expressive liberties, and abusive family relationships as told from the perspectives of three young children was both captivating and heartbreaking.

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Children’s Book Committee – May 2020 Pick

Mario and the Hole in the Sky is a picture book that tells the life of Dr. Mario Molina, a chemist that found that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer and helped stop them from destroying more of the ozone layer. It’s a great book because it tells us the story of an important person that saved the world – and also teaches kids some science, which is important.

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Children’s Book Committee – April 2020 Pick

I liked the book. I like how the author went into Hector’s background and showed what kind of person Hector was and didn’t just dive into the march. I like how the author showed other perspectives and introduced secondary characters. It gave different views of the story.

2020 Children’s Book Committee’s Best Book Lists and Awards Updates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee sadly canceled its Annual Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 2, 2020. Happily, our esteemed recipients accepted their awards via video. Please use this link to enjoy their comments and read the thoughtful observations of young reviewers.   View and access a downloadable pdf of […]