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Children’s Book Committee – December Pick

December 1, 2016


Weekends with Max and His Dad
by Linda Urban, illustrated by Katie Kath
(HMH Books for Young Readers, 2016)

Third grader Max has humorous neighborhood adventures staying with his recently divorced father in his new apartment. Amusing black-and-white illustrations.

Our Young Reviewer says:

I really liked this book; Max and his Dad have such a cool relationship, like me and my Dad. They have cool spy names that were really funny like “Agent Pepperoni” and “Agent Cheese.” I liked that that they went on secret missions, and I also like that Max was able to be honest with his Dad about not liking football. Even he thought would be mad, which made Max nervous, he was wasn’t, he was actually happy Max told him. I think they are a fun team and their adventures are awesome.

– Chase, 8, Bronx, NY

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Children’s Book Committee – November Pick

November 14, 2016


Longbow Girl
by Linda Davies
(The Chicken House, 2016)

Merry, trained as an archer in a 700-year family tradition, finds a portal to 1537 Wales, where warfare rages for her ancestral lands.

Our Young Reviewer says:

“This book was amazing! Although the beginning was a little slow, the rest of the book was action packed and exciting. I loved how Linda Davies mixed modern Wales with 16th century Wales. Along with being funny and inspiring, this book also teaches history in subtle ways. I also really liked how the author told Longbow Girl from different perspectives, which informed readers of the plot things that made the story even more interesting.”

– Reese, 12, Longmont, Colorado

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BookFest @ Bank Street 2016

November 3, 2016

BookFest 2016 was celebrated on October 22nd for the 7th year at Bank Street College of Education and the 45th year in its history!

The day consisted of three panel discussions shaped around the theme of visual literacy.

Panel 1: Reading with Pictures: Visual Literacy Yesterday and Today moderated by children’s literature scholar, Leonard Marcus. Panelists included: Lindsey Wyckoff, Archivist, Bank Street College of Education; Rudy Gutierrez, Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey; Françoise Mouly, Publisher of Toon Books and Art Editor, The New Yorker; and Raúl Colón, Draw!.

Panel 2: Artists and Illustrators Talk Visual Literacy moderated by Dr. Susannah Richards, Eastern CT State University. Panelists included: Hervé Tullet, Let’s Play!; Angela Dominguez, Mango, Abuela and Me; Laurent Linn, Draw the Line; Jason Chin, Gravity; Brian Pinkney, Max Found Two Sticks; and Christopher Myers, My Pen.

Panel 3: Capturing the Action: Graphic Novels and Visual Literacy moderated by Jesse Karp, Pratt Institute. Panelists included: Jorge Aguirre, Dragons Beware!; Deb Lucke, The Lunch Witch; George O’Connor, the Olympians series; and Raúl Gonzalez, Lowriders in Space.

Megan Dowd Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See (Charlesbridge 2015), spoke about her pioneering “The Whole Book Approach” method for reading to children.

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In the afternoon, participants attended book discussion sessions. Topics ranged from bilingual books with social justice themes to books by keynote speaker, Pam Muñoz Ryan.


Finally, keynote speaker Pam Muñoz Ryan, Newbery honoree for Echo (Scholastic 2015), spoke about her career as an author and the significant role of children’s literature in her life both professionally and personally.


KidLit TV added to the excitement at BookFest by livestreaming the event. The archived version is available here.

KidLit’s Rocco Staino, interviewed the day’s authors and illustrators which added to the festive atmosphere.

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During the day, participants networked, browsed books, caught up with old friends and chatted with the authors/illustrators.

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Throughout the day, authors signed copies of their books.


A drawing was held at the end of the day. Director of Library Services Kristin Freda selected the winner with an assist from Director of the Center for Children’s Literature Cynthia Weill. First prize was two tickets to next year’s BookFest!

To read more about BookFest @ Bank Street 2016 go to:

Finally, a special thank you to all the sponsors of BookFest @ Bank Street 2016! These sponsors were: Abrams, Candlewick, Charlesbridge, Chronicle Books, Cinco Puntos Press, Club Leo/Scholastic, Creston Books, Epic!, Hard Ball Press, Holiday House, KidLit TV, Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, Macmillan, Peachtree, Penguin Random House, Scholastic and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Photographs courtesy of Cheryl Simon and Kristen Vallejo.

Spanish Speaking Author and Illustrator Series Featuring Meg Medina

October 31, 2016

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

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

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


On Friday, November 11th, two-time Pura Belpré winner Meg Medina, author of Mango, Abuela y YoYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your AssMilagros, and Burn Baby Burn, will speak at the Bank Street College Library from 5:00–7:00 about her work.

Register now ››

Friday, November 11, 2016
5:00-7:00 pm
Bank Street College Library, 5th Floor

All adult members of the Bank Street community and alumni are invited to attend. The conversation will be in Spanish. Non-native speakers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meg will autograph copies of her books and refreshments will be served.


Children’s Book Committee – October Pick

October 18, 2016


by Joan Bauer
(Viking Books for Young Readers, 2016)

Twelve-year-old Jeremiah loves baseball but can’t play because of his heart transplant. Still will he be able to save baseball in his new hometown?

Our Young Reviewer says:

I liked this book because it is about baseball, one of my favorite subjects, and how it really helped a kid through tough times. Jeremiah is too sick to play himself, but he helps coach a middle school team.

– Dante, 12, East Hampton, NY

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Countdown to Bookfest!

October 17, 2016

BookFest @ Bank Street 2016 is this Saturday, October 22! Tickets are available through Friday, so register now.

Hope to see you there!


An Evening with R.J. Palacio and Meg Medina

October 7, 2016

An Evening with Childhood Friends, Authors R.J. Palacio and Meg Medina
Thursday, November 10, 2016
4:45-7:00 PM

You are invited to a conversation with the award winning authors R.J. Palacio (Wonder) and Meg Medina (Burn Baby Burn). Neighbors growing up in Queens, New York in the 1970s, Meg Medina and R.J. Palacio will reminisce about the influence friendship, family, and books have had on their lives and their work. The talk will be moderated by publisher Jennifer M. Brown.

This is a free event for adult members of the Bank Street Community.

Register to attend ››

Please arrive promptly by 4:45. Late comers may not be admitted.

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