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The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education and Peachtree Publishers is Teaming Up on a New Initiative to Promote High Quality Literature for Children in Spanish

August 9, 2017

Bilingual and Spanish Language Teachers 

Send Your Lesson Plan Ideas to Us and You Might Win a First Edition of:

Miguel y su valiente caballero: el joven Cervantes sueña a don Quijote

Miguel y su valiente caballero_jacket


Poems de Margarita Engle; Ilustrado por Raúl Colón

Traducido por Teresa Mlawer y Georgina Lázaro

(Peachtree Publishers 2018)

A poetic, fictionalized account of an iconic author with realistic, pen, ink and water color illustrations

Submit a one-page lesson plan or thematic unit outline you have created for a Spanish language or a bilingual classroom grades K-12 in any discipline using Miguel y su valiente caballero: el joven Cervantes sueña a don Quijote (You can work from this PDF  of the book  Miguel y su valiente caballero to create your plan.) The outline should contain the following information written in English or Spanish.

  • Your name and school
  • Description of Classroom, Grade Level, No. of Students, Discipline
  • Teaching Objective(s)
  • One or two paragraph summary of activities.
  • Materials Needed

Please put your information on this worksheet: Miguel y su valiente caballero hoja de trabajo. 

Bank Street staff and affiliates will review the work and we will post the best lesson plan ideas, crediting you on the Center for Children’s Literature blog. Winners will receive a first edition of the book from Peachtree Publishers soon after its release in March 2018.

For questions and to submit plans contact

Please send your lesson plan no later than January 30, 2018

Note we reserve the right to eliminate incomplete or unprofessionally prepared materials from consideration. Limit of 25 award copies. Submissions accepted from September 1, 2017 – January 30, 2018. Outlines will be reviewed for content, creativity, feasibility of execution, clarity of writing and intellectual quality by Bank Street staff. Submissions should need little or no editing. A sample of student work appreciated with submission but not necessary for application.

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education seeks to promote the highest quality of literature for children in English and Spanish.

Miguel y su valiente caballero: el joven Cervantes sueña a don Quijote

PDF Miguel y su valiente caballero


Spanish Speaking Author and Illustrator Series/Ciclo de Autores e Ilustradores Hispanoparlantes

July 26, 2017

The Center for Children’s Literature and the Graduate School of the Bank Street College of Education are proud to continue their program in Spanish:

Ciclo de Autores e Ilustradores Hispanoparlantes/Spanish Speaking Authors and Illustrator Series

Conversations with Spanish-speaking children’s book authors and illustrators


Our first event on Friday, September 29th will feature Susie Jaramillo, author and illustrator of the delightful Cantícos board book series. Susie will speak at the Bank Street College Library from 5:00 – 7:00 about her work.  RSVP 


Friday, September 29, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00, Bank Street College Library, 5th Floor

Native and non-native speakers welcome to attend. Susie will autograph copies of her books, for sale by the Bank Street Bookstore, and refreshments will be served. The event is free but an RSVP is appreciated.



Join us for a literary concert with Newbery Award Winner, Kwame Alexander

July 20, 2017


Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess with a copy of their new book Solo (Blink 2017)


Thursday, August 3,  2017
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Bank Street College of Education, Tabas Auditorium
Join us for a special evening of poetry and rock ’n’ roll!  Poet, Kwame Alexander will present excerpts from his new young adult novel Solo.  Musician Randy Preston will perform music composed for the book.  The music video for Excuse Me, an original song from Solo will be premiered.

A Q&A will follow with Kwame and his co-author Mary Rand Hess.

After the event, the authors will sign copies of Solo, available for purchase through the Bank Street Bookstore.

The event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP.

Bank Street College of Education is located at 610 West 112th Street between Broadway and Riverside.



July 20, 2017





Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28th for the 46th Annual BookFest at Bank Street College of Education.

We are thrilled to announce that Carmen Agra Deedy, winner of the Jane Addams, Pura Belpré and Irma Black awards will be our keynote speaker.

Other participants include Caldecott medalists David Wiesner,  Jerry Pinkney and Barbara Lehman as well as authors: Jon Scieszka, Carole Boston Weatherford, Rita Williams Garcia and Candace Fleming including author/illustrators: Stephen Savage, Eric Velasquez and Don Tate.

More details and registration information soon!

Participate in the Irma Black and Cook Prize Award Selections

June 29, 2017



Elementary School Teachers, Make Selection of a Prestigious

Bank Street Children’s Book Award Part of Your

2017 – 2018 Academic Year Curriculum


Want your students to practice their reasoning, persuasive speaking and to 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?

First and Second grade classes may participate in selection of The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award). The award goes to an outstanding book for young children – a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.


Follow the links for more information about the Irma Black Award  and to see a list of 2017 winners.  Registration



Third and Fourth grade classes are invited to jury the Cook Prize 2018.  The Cook Prize honors the best STEM book of the year published for children eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM title. Follow the links for more information about the Cook Prize and a list of 2017 winnersRegistration.

Please share this information with your fellow educators and librarians.  Everyone is invited to participate.

2017 Summer Reading Lists

June 13, 2017

Allie Jane Bruce’s 2017 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!

Children’s Book Committee-June 2017 Pick

June 8, 2017

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas



Young, black, unarmed, killed by police.  And sixteen year old Starr Carter was there. She has to tell her story and fight back but how?

Ages 16 – 18

Our Young Reviewer Says:

Without a doubt, The Hate U Give is an important novel. Angie Thomas effectively imparts the message of the pernicious effects of discrimination, especially police brutality. She does so primarily through the characterization of her protagonist, Starr Carter. Thomas describes Starr in two ways: as a regular high school student with teenage angst and as a girl struggling to find her identity. The two faces of Starr not only emphasize the validity of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education that separate facilities cannot be equal, but also make Starr normal enough that readers easily identify with her and extraordinary enough that readers can make a hero out of her. So, as Starr realizes that she cannot remain silent about the unjust killing of her friend, Khalil, the readers understand her thought process and wish to be brave enough to emulate her. In addition, the realistic plot aids in conveying the message. For example, because Khalil reached for a comb in his car, the police could claim that Officer Brian felt threatened, a common excuse for police departments. Thomas shows that the excuse is just that: an excuse. Police officers should rely on their firearms as absolute last resorts, not just as tools to make themselves feel safer.

However, the anti-discrimination message in The Hate U Give is not delivered perfectly. The major problem is the portrayal of Hailey, Starr’s erstwhile best friend. Hailey is ignorant that many of her comments are micro-aggressions that hurt her two minority friends, and her friendship with Starr is ruined when she attempts to defend Officer Brian. Eventually, Starr and her other friend, an Asian-American girl, form a “minority alliance” against Hailey and the white culture that she represents. Unfortunately, this alliance seems antithetical to the novel’s message of acceptance. To overcome our race-related issues, alliances must be based on a shared belief in equality, not on skin color.

Foster, Age 17, Anchorage, Alaska

Young people who are interested in reviewing are invited to do so as we welcome the individual perspective of our age appropriate readers.  If you are interested in being a reviewer,  contact




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