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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.  […]

Woodrow at Sea
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – August 2018 Pick

Woodrow at Sea by Wallace Edwards A young elephant develops a friendship with a rescued mouse as they weather a storm, encounter sea creatures, sing together, and return home. Animal watercolor-ink illustrations. Our Young Reviewer Says: This book is excellent and different because it only has pictures, and doesn’t have words. The story is about […]

A Lady Has the Floor
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – July 2018 Pick

A Lady Has the Floor by Kate Hannigan Teacher, lawyer, and candidate in 1880’s presidential campaign, this courageous, determined suffragette broke down barriers of inequality. Quote integrated in folk art illustrations. Extensive back matter. Our Young Reviewer Says: This is a great book! I like that it is about history and is also entertaining. It […]

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2018 Summer Reading Lists

Allie Jane Bruce’s 2018 Summer Reading Lists are here!  They include her tips for making summer reading a non-chore and information about visiting the Bank Street Library if you’re in town. Print, share, and enjoy! Lower School Pre-K through Kindergarten Middle School 1st through 4th grade Upper School 5th through 8th grade

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Elementary Teachers, Your Students Can Help Choose the Winners of Two International Children’s Book Awards in 2018-2019

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 Math (STEM) book? Join schools across the United States and around the world in making voting part of your […]

Baby Monkey, Private Eye
Young Reviewers

Children’s Book Committee – June 2018 Pick

Baby Monkey, Private Eye By Author/Illustrator: Brian Selznick and David Serlin Baby Monkey succeeds as a private investigator, though he struggles to put his pants on. Elaborate pencil drawings and humorous back matter. Our Young Reviewer Says: Stefano loved that this was a chapter book that he could easily read all by himself. The words […]

7 Ate 9

Announcing the Irma S. and James H. Black Awards and Cook Prize Winners!

This year’s Irma Black winner is: 7 Ate Nine by Tara Lazar; illustrated by Ross MacDonald This year’s Irma Black Honor Books are: How the Cookie Crumbled by Gilbert Ford Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman; illus. by M. Mola After the Fall by Dan Santat The winner of the 2018 Cook Prize is: Beauty and the Beak:  How […]


The Children’s Book Committee’s New Awards Medal!

The Children’s Book  Committee unveiled its new awards medallion on April 5, 2018 during its annual prize ceremony. The new medallion was based on the Children’s Book Committee’s current logo.       At the request and with the input of then Chair of the Children’s Book Committee, Alice Belgray, the image was created by Joan […]