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Center for Children's Literature

Spring 2018 Mini-Conference

 "A Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities"  
March 3, 2018, 9:00 - 1:30
Keynote Speaker, Award Winning Author/Illustrator, Duncan Tonatiuh

Cost: $50.00

Program Schedule
9:00 - 9:30 
Registration, light breakfast and coffee
9:30 - 9:35
Cynthia Weill, Director, Center for Children’s Literature 
9:35 - 9:45
Opening Remarks
Emma Otheguy, New York University
9:50  - 10:35
Diverse Voices in Latino Picture Books
Raúl Colón, Miguel y su valiente caballero/Miguel’s Brave Knight
Eric Velasquez,  Schomburg, The Man Who Built the Library
Teresa Mlawer, translator
Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México
Cecilia Ruiz: A Gift for Abuela
Meg Medina:  Mango, abuela y yo
Moderator: Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, LaGuardia Community College
10:35 - 11:25
Bilingual and Board Books: What Makes a Good One?
Susie Jaramillo, Little Sunny Sunshine/Sol, Solecito
Cynthia Weill, Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animals in English and Spanish
Angela Dominguez, How Do You Say?/¿Cómo se dice?
Emma Otheguy, Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad
Moderator: Sujei Lugo, Boston Public Library
11:25 - 11:40
Break/Book Signing
11:40 - 12:25 
Book Discussion Sessions
12:30 - 1:00
Closing Keynote
Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México
1:00 - 1:25/Multipurpose Room
Autographing Session
Books for sale from the Bank Street Bookstore


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About the Center for Children's Literature

Illustration by Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka

Learning to read gives a child a tool for acquiring information. Loving to read equips a child with an essential set of skills for developing a rich, imaginative and ever-expanding life.

Our mission is to create, identify, and advocate for the highest quality literature for all children from infancy through adolescence.  We ensure that such literature is readily accessible to every child, and to foster in parents, educators, and policy makers a commitment to the principle that good literature is fundamental to literacy.

The Center will provide workshops, guides and content for learning and social-emotional/ aesthetic development at all levels of childhood education.

The faculty of Bank Street College of Education seeks to address a growing challenge: the diminishing use of children's literature in literacy programs, particularly in the early grades. As a result, many children are finding it much more difficult to "engage" in their own learning.

The components of the Center are the Children’s Book Committee, Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award, The Cook Prize, BookFest@ Bank Street, and the Writers Lab. The Center is housed in the Bank Street College Library, home to a circulating collection of more than 68,000 children’s books.