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Woodrow at Sea
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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
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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
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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 […]

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The Children’s Book Committee Awards 2018!

On April 5th, the Children’s Book Committee celebrated its 2018 Children’s Book Awards. It was a very special day. Each guest received a copy of the Children’s Book Committee’s Best Books of the Year 2018             During the ceremony: Madeleine Dunphy, publisher Web of Life Books accepted the non-fiction award for Hawk Mother: The Story […]

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Seeking 2018 Spanish Language Children’s Books for Review

The Children’s Book Committee (CBC) at Bank Street College of Education is seeking books in Spanish for its new “recommended” list. Books for consideration should be published only in Spanish or translated into Spanish from another language in 2018. Work published prior to 2018 will not be considered. Each work for consideration will be given […]

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A Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities

Despite a nor’easter the day before our March 3rd conference, A Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities was a great success!  Watch the KidLit Intro The day started with an introduction by author Emma Otheguy (Marti’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad, Lee and Low 2017).  Watch Emma’s KidLit Interview Emma offered some personal experiences […]

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