Center for Children's Literature Blog

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 his people. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults, including Two Roads (Dial). 

Cost: $80.20


(Note:  Pre-registration only.  No tickets will be available at the door.)

BookFest Schedule of Events

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM/Lobby
Registration, light breakfast, coffee

9:30 AM – 10:25 AM/Auditorium

Illustrating Margaret Wise Brown

  • Greg Pizzoli, North, South, East and West
  • Sarah Jacoby, The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
  • Lisa Von Drasek, Kerlan Collection, University of Minnesota
  • Jerry Pinkney, A Home in the Barn
  • Moderator: Jenny Brown, former Bank Street Children’s Librarian and member of the Children’s Book Committee

10:25 AM – 11:15 AM/Auditorium
Native Voices in Our Time

  • Linda Kukuk, Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller
  • Yvonne Dennis, Children of Native America Today
  • Kevin Maillard, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
  • Traci Sorell, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith, Hearts Unbroken
  • Moderator: Loriene Roy (Anishinaabe; Enrolled: White Earth Reservation; Member: Minnesota Chippewa Tribe) School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

11:30 AM – 11:50 AM/Auditorium
Listening to Literature: The Power of Audiobooks

  • Mary Burkey, Author  of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature

11:50 AM – 12:55 PM/Classrooms
Book Discussion Sessions
Please read all of the work listed by the group session leader prior to attending the reading group discussion.

12:55 PM – 1:55 PM/Cafeteria
Pick up lunch, dine in Cafeteria or Lobby
Lunchtime Autographing Session/Lobby

1:55 PM – 2:50 PM/Auditorium
Graphic Novels and Comics as Information Texts

  •  Jerry Craft, New Kid
  • Nadja Spiegelman, Zig and Wikki series
  • Dave Roman, Editor, Science Comics
  • Alexandra Graudins, Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine
  • Moderator: Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM/Auditorium
Closing Keynote

  • Joseph Bruchac, Two Roads

3:20 PM – 4:00 PM/Lobby
Autographing Session
Books for sale from the Bank Street Bookstore.

The program will be livestreamed by KidLit TV. You can also access the footage after the event: