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Young Reviewers

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.

Young Reviewers

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.

Young Reviewers

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.

Young Reviewers

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.

Young Reviewers

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 […]

Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – March 2020 Pick

Enemy Child is about a Japanese-American boy in World War II. His family was taken to the camps that Japanese people were put in after Pearl Harbor. What makes this book special is that it tells the story of the person, and it’s a real story. It gives his emotions of what he felt during that time. What I liked most about this book is the way he shares his feelings.

Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – February 2020 Pick

I absolutely adored this book. There are little to no young adult books about segregation in South Africa, and I was so excited when I learned the premise of the book. “When the Ground is Hard” didn’t disappoint or lower my expectations whatsoever and Nunn’s novel was an excellent example of storytelling while still displaying a point.

The Irma Black award for best picture book

Announcing the 2020 Irma S. Black Contenders!

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is thrilled to announce the four contenders for the 2020 Irma S. and James H. Black award for best picture book: Rocket Says Look Up by Nathan Bryon; illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Random House Publishers) The Most Terrible of All by Muon Thi Van […]

The Children’s Book Committee Announces its Annual Awards!

The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education is delighted to announce its 2020 Book Awards:   The Josette Frank Award for Fiction When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn (G.P. Putnam & Sons) The Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott (Houghton […]

Cook Prize Seal

Announcing the 2020 Cook Prize Finalists!

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2020 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. The Finalists are: Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to […]

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Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – January 2020 Pick

I loved this book. It was so cool! The astronaut, Alan, went to the moon, and then painted pictures of being on the moon with bright colors. This book is a non-fiction book; it happened for real! My favorite part of the book was the pictures and the footprints Alan’s boots left in the moon dust

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 […]