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Bank Street Irma Black Award and Cook Prize Honor Outstanding Children’s Literature

In April, the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College announced the winners and honorees of the annual Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award) and Cook Prize. This year, It Fell From the Sky by The Fan Brothers was awarded the gold medal for […]

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Children’s Book Committee Announces Annual Award Winners and ‘Best Books’ List

On April 17, the Children’s Book Committee (CBC) at Bank Street College of Education announced the recipients of its annual awards for outstanding works of children’s literature. The awards comprise the Josette Frank Award for fiction, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for nonfiction, and the Claudia Lewis Award for poetry. This year’s honorees include Milo […]

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BookFest @ Bank Street Celebrates 50 Years of Children’s Literature

On October 16, authors and illustrators, librarians, editors, and other children’s literature professionals tuned in for BookFest @ Bank Street, an annual event hosted by the Center for Children’s Literature to celebrate books and inspire discussion around important topics in literature for children and teens. This year’s virtual gathering—the 50th anniversary of the event—welcomed keynote […]

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Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence Carlos Hernandez Visits the School for Children

In April, the Bank Street School for Children welcomed award-winning author Carlos Hernandez as this year’s Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. Hernandez, author of the science fiction novel Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and other children’s books, was selected for the program by the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature. Throughout the two-week residency, Hernandez worked […]

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Bank Street Hosts “Mexican American Conversations in Children’s Literature” Conference

On March 6, the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education hosted the “Mexican American Conversations in Children’s Literature” mini-conference for educators, librarians, parents, and members of the book publishing community. The virtual event focused on exploring Mexican American themes through panel discussions with several award-winning Latinx children’s book authors. This year, […]

Jerry Craft presents through Zoom for Bank Street's 2020 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence

School for Children Welcomes Jerry Craft as 2020 Writer-in-Residence

On April 6, Bank Street School for Children students tuned in from home for their first virtual session with award-winning children’s author and illustrator Jerry Craft. Craft, a New York Times bestselling author widely known for his groundbreaking graphic novel New Kid, was selected by the Center for Children’s Literature as Bank Street’s Dorothy Carter […]

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Bank Street Honors Children’s Book Authors at Annual Awards Ceremony

On April 4, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College welcomed librarians, authors, illustrators, editors, and more from the children’s literature community for its annual awards ceremony. Presented by the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature, the awards recognize the recipients of the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for nonfiction, the Claudia Lewis Award for […]

Panel discussion at Bookfest 2018

Literary Luminaries Gather at Bank Street’s Ninth Annual BookFest

On October 24, Bank Street’s annual BookFest event brought together some of the most celebrated names in children’s literature for a day of exploration, discussion, and discovery. This year, guests heard from a number of renowned authors, illustrators, editors, reviewers, and scholars on hot topics in children’s literature through panel discussions, thought-provoking presentations, and interactive […]

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Writers Lab Receives Mentorship Award From Eric Carle Museum

On September 28, the Bank Street Writers Lab received a prestigious Mentorship Award at the 2017 Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala and Art Auction held in New York City. The ceremony, which is hosted by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, celebrates individuals and organizations for their creative vision, dedication, and honorable contributions […]

Irma Black Award 2016 winners

Bank Street Honors Winners of 2016 Irma Black Award and Cook Prize

On May 19, the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature devoted a morning to recognizing the finalists and winners of this year’s Irma Black Award and Cook Prize, two awards dedicated to acknowledging outstanding examples of children’s picture books. The Irma Black Award evaluates children’s books on the basis that the text and illustrations are inseparable, enhancing and building on […]

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Kwame Alexander: Poetry and the Common Humanity

As a child, Kwame Alexander might have been the only young boy to get excited when his father told him to clean out the garage. For Kwame, the garage was a world of discovery. This particular space in their Virginia home was cluttered with milk crates stacked high, containing books of all sorts. They ranged from first […]

Kwame Alexander speaks on stage in a panel

Kwame Alexander Named Dorothy A. Carter Writer-in-Residence

Kwame Alexander, the 2015 Newbery Medalist, is serving as the inaugural Dorothy A. Carter Writer-in-Residence. He will work with Bank Street School for Children fourth grade (9/10s) students for six weeks, time for their spring curriculum on poetry (April to mid-May). Kwame Alexander has written poetry, picture books, and most recently his novel in verse, […]