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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 […]

Winners ceremony for Writer's Lab Eric Carle Award

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 […]

Kwame Alexander speaks on stage in a panel

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

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, […]