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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
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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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Emma Otheguy

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 […]

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks About Her New Children’s Book at Bank Street

On Saturday, November 17, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Bank Street to talk about her new children’s book, Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote with illustrator, Maira Kalman. The cover of Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote. Bank Street College of Education, Shael Polakow-Suransky at Bank […]

Belle's Journey
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – November 2018 Pick

Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight Author: Rob Bierregaard and Illustrator: Kate Garchinsky Scientists and children track a female osprey’s immigration from Massachusetts to South America and back. Dramatic watercolor pencil, ink, and aqua crayon illustrations. Back matter. Our Young Reviewer Says: Belle is an osprey. You get to meet her as she goes through […]

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – October 2018 Pick

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya Marcus, Puerto Rican by birth but with few connections to his heritage, gets suspended for fighting, whereupon his white mother takes him to Puerto Rico to discover his roots. Our Young Reviewer Says: This book was a stirring narrative of an eighth grader attempting to navigate teen […]

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Need Help with Your Children’s Book Manuscript?

Check out these two classes to help you finish that picture book, middle grade or YA manuscript! Co-sponsored by the Center for Children’s Literature and Continuing Professional Studies. Writing for Children II: Developing Your Manuscript October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12 The Writer’s Lab for Unpublished Authors November 8, November 29, December 13, […]

Survival Tails: The Titanic
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – September 2018 Pick

Survival Tails: The Titanic by Katrina Charman With the help of friends, four-legged Mutt sneaks aboard the Titanic to reunite with his beloved, young owner, Alice. Our Young Reviewer Says: This book about the Titanic is told in the voices of the animals on the ship. I like that because it makes the story less […]

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BookFest @ Bank Street 2018!

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College is thrilled to announce the program for the 47th annual BookFest! This will be BookFest’s 9th year at Bank Street. Our keynote speaker will be the delightful and humorous Newbery Honor winner, Adam Gidwitz, author of The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog.  […]