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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.

Let-Er-Buck-blog
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 […]

The CBC's New Gold Medallion
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 […]

Irma Black Gold Medal
Awards

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 […]

Cook Prize Seal
Awards

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 […]

Children's Book Committee Gold Medallion
Awards

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. […]

Duncan Tonatiuh
Conferences

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 […]

Best Books of the Year - Spanish Edition - Spanish Cover

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

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 or Translated in 2018 This list was created […]

Irma Black Gold Medal
Awards

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 […]