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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Announcing the 2019 Irma Black Award Candidates!

We are delighted to announce the semi-finalists for the 2019 Irma S. Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. The Irma Black Award goes to an outstanding book for young children—a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black […]

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Learn About Writing for Children from Industry Experts

The Center for Children’s Literature and Continuing Professional Studies is thrilled to announce its Spring Writing for Children classes.      From left to right: Author, Amy Hest; Former Editor, Sharyn November; Author/Illustrator, Stephen Savage Writing for Children III: Publishing 101 with Sharyn November, former editor, Viking Press (Special Introductory Price, $50.00, Online) Registrants will participate in one […]

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Announcing the 2019 Cook Prize Semi-Finalists!

We are delighted to announce the semi-finalists for the 2019 Cook Prize! The Cook Prize is awarded to the best Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) picture book for 8–10 year olds. The Cook Prize is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM title. Register Your Classes to Participate in the Selection of the 2019 […]

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Bank Street College of Education’s Children’s Book Committee Announces its Annual Awards!

The Josette Frank Award for Fiction A Heart In A Body In The World by Deb Caletti (Simon and Schuster) The Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry They Call Me Güero by David Bowles (Cinco Puntos Press) The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction Older Readers Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Delacorte Press) The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction Younger Readers […]

Tangled Planet
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – February 2019 Pick

Tangled Planet Author: Kate Blair A vivid account of humans in the far distant future, trying to settle a planet and leave their spaceship, home for hundreds of years. Our Young Reviewer Says: “This book was excellent. I’m not much of a sci-fi reader so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. […]

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Diverse Voices in Latinx Children’s Literature Mini-Conference, Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is thrilled to announce its second mini-conference focusing on Latinx Children’s Literature. The event will take place this year at Bank Street’s 112th Street address. Author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh will be our keynote speaker. Duncan is the recipient of the Pura Belpré and Sibert […]

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The Children’s Book Committee’s Best Spanish Language Book List 2019

Books for Children in Spanish, Libros infantiles en español The Children’s Book Committee and Center for Children’s Literature is delighted to share with you: Los mejores libros infantiles en español del año 2019 para libros infantiles publicados o traducidos en 2018 The Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year in Spanish 2019 for Picture Books Published […]

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Participate in the Irma Black and Cook Prize Award Selections

Elementary School Librarians and Teachers, Make Selection of Two Prestigious Children’s Book Awards Part of Your Spring 2019 Curriculum Want your students to practice their reasoning, persuasive speaking, and sharpen their visual skills while they participate in the selection of Bank Street’s Center for Children’s Literature’s annual best picture and best science, technology, engineering, and […]

We Are All That's Left Book
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – January 2019 Pick

We Are All That’s Left Author: Carrie Arcos Her mother in a coma after an explosion at a farmer’s market, Zara seeks to uncover her tragic past. Chapters alternate between modern Rhode Island and 1990s Bosnia. Our Young Reviewer Says: “We are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos is a very compelling story that portrays a […]

Notes From the Bank Street Writers Lab

The Center for Children’s Literature is delighted to share a list of books authored by members of the Bank Street Writers Lab, published in 2018. The Lab was created in 1937 by Bank Street founder Lucy Sprague Mitchell. The Lab is a forum for professional children’s book authors seeking peer feedback on their manuscripts before submission for publication. It has […]

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Announcing the 2019 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence!

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College is thrilled to announce that Emma Otheguy, Ph.D. will be our 5th annual Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence! Emma will work with the 9/10s classrooms on creative writing in April of 2019.  Emma is the author of  Marti’s Song for Freedom: Martí y sus versos por la libertad (Lee & Low 2017) about […]

This Is It
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – December 2018 Pick

This Is It Author: Daria Peoples-Riley Our Young Reviewer Says: “This book is giving you confidence to do ballet. In this book the girl’s shadow helps her to feel that she can do dance. Her shadow dances here and there.  Her shadow dances on the rooftops.  She follows her shadow, dancing her own dances. So, the girl […]