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Register Now for The Building Blocks of Play

February 19, 2015

Registration now open!

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9AM-3PM

“The Building Blocks of Play: Art, Books and Childhood” — a daylong exploration of the importance of play through a young person’s education and into adulthood.

The Building Blocks of Play

Keynote speaker: Linda Mayes

Mayes_LindaLinda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center, Interim Director, Yale Child Study Center, and Special Advisor to the Dean, Yale School of Medicine.




Authors and artists: 

Nina Crews
Robie Harris
Richard Lewis
Peter Reynolds
Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Paul O. Zelinsky

A Pop-Up Workshop, led by Becca Zerkin, a member of the Matt Reinhart Pop-Up Studio

Lunch will be served, and two autographing sessions will occur mid-day and at close of day.

Tickets: $75

Read more on the importance of play in this New York Times op-ed co-authored by Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suranksy and Nancy Nager, graduate faculty member.

2015 Irma Black Award Finalists!

February 17, 2015

We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Irma Black Award finalists as picked by our School for Children third and fourth-graders from sixteen semifinalists. The finalists are:


by John Rocco


Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea
by Lynne Cox,
illus. by Brian Floca
(Schwartz & Wade)


Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett,
illus. by Jon Klassen


Shh! We Have a Plan
by Chris Haughton

The students spent a month—one week each with rotating sets of four books—working together with their teacher to vote for their favorite book each week, then met with children’s librarian Allie Bruce to discuss the eight books with the most votes and choose the finalists.

Registration is now open for any first or second-grade class that would like to join with classrooms around the country (and the world) to choose our Award winner.

For more information on the Irma Black Award, please see our website. Read more about the Irma Black Award in School Library Journal.

Children’s Book Committee – February Pick

February 13, 2015
The Meaning of Maggie
by Megan Jean Sovern
Chronicle Books
With humor, insight, and a distinctive voice, Maggie narrates the changes in herself and her family as they cope with their father’s illness.
Young Reviewer:
This book is different from others for me because it takes place in modern times and the problem is due to a sickness with no cure. I loved how they had footnotes. The footnotes were sometimes helpful and sometimes just funny. I hope Megan Jean Sovern makes a sequel.
– Reese, 11, Colorado

Join us for BookFest @ Bank Street 2015

February 12, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 9AM-3PM

BookFest @ Bank Street
a 45-year-old tradition

Keynote speaker: Rita Williams-Garcia

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Rita Williams-Garcia is the 2011 Newbery Honor author, 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, 2011 Scott O’Dell Award winner and 2010 National Book Award finalist for her book One Crazy Summer. Her last book in the trilogy, Gone Crazy in Alabama, comes out this spring.

Ticket price $75.00

Children’s Book Committee 2015 Award Winners!

February 11, 2015

The Bank Street Children’s Book Committee is delighted to announce the 2015 Children’s Book Committee Awards.

2015 Josette Frank Award

for Older Readers

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

I'll Give You the Sun

for Younger Readers

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan)

Rain Reign

The Josette Frank Award is given each year to honor a book or books of outstanding literary merit in which children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally.

2015 Claudia Lewis Award

for Older Readers

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

Brown Girl Dreaming

for Younger Readers

Winter Bees by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Rick Allen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Winter Bees

The Claudia Lewis Award is given for the best poetry book of the year for young readers.

2015 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (Candlewick Press)


The Flora Straus Award is given for an information book that serves as an inspiration to young readers.

The awards will be celebrated at Bank Street College on Thursday, March 12th, 2015. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Bank Street School for Children Mock Newbery & Printz Winners

January 29, 2015

The School for Children students have spoken!



Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick



The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm


The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart



The Crossover by Kwame Alexander


 The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

2015 Cook Prize Finalists Announced!

January 16, 2015

We are pleased to announce the finalists for The Cook Prize for best STEM picture book. Chosen by an expert jury composed of Bank Street School for Children and Graduate School faculty members and distinguished alumni, the finalists are:


Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle
by Cheryl Bardoe, illus. by Alan Marks
(Charlesbridge, 9781580895545)

Galápagos George
by Jean Craighead George, illus. by Wendell Minor
(Harper, 9780060287931)


Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illus. by Gilbert Ford
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780547959221)


Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature
by Sarah C. Campbell, photos by Sarah C. Campbell & Richard P. Campbell
(Boyds Mills, 9781620916278)

Don’t forget to register your 3rd/4th grade class to help choose this year’s winner! For more on the criteria, process, history, and past winners, please see The Cook Prize web site.


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