The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education mourns the passing of Constance Engle, daughter of Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black. The Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature was created in 1972 with the help of Connie Engle and her father, James.
Center for Children’s Literature
Learning to read gives a child a tool for acquiring information. Loving to read equips a child with a set of skills for developing a rich, imaginative and ever-expanding life. The Center provides 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,
- The Writers Lab.
The Center is housed in the Bank Street College Library, home to a circulating collection of more than 44,500 children’s books.
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.