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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.

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

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

September 12, 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


Our inaugural event on Friday, September 23rd will feature two-time Pura Belpré winner Raúl Colón, illustrator of Draw!Me Llamo Gabito, and Hillary. Raúl will speak at the Bank Street College Library from 5:00–7:00 pm about his work.

Friday, September 23, 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. Raúl will autograph copies of his books and refreshments will be served.

Register now ››

Children’s Book Committee – September Pick

September 2, 2016


by Judith Russell
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016)

In Victorian England, murder, a nefarious professor, and a magical bottle turn Stella’s boring life with three eccentric aunts topsy-turvy. Ink and digital drawings.

Our Young Reviewer says:

This book is special because of the many plot twists that take place throughout the story. My favorite aspect of this book ties greatly into what makes it unique. I like the way the author puts a lull in the excitement right before an important event like the main character discovering a new piece of information or the criminal being apprehended.

There are illustrations scattered throughout this story. I greatly enjoyed them. When they appeared it was to emphasize critical or key points. They also helped me imagine the vague points.

– Sirena, 12, Jeffersonville, VT

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Register now for BookFest @ Bank Street 2016!

August 30, 2016

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Join us for BookFest @ Bank Street 2016 on Saturday, October 22nd!

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9:00am – Arrive, register, and drink coffee

9:30am – Welcome

9:35 – 10:15am – “Reading with Pictures: Visual Literacy Yesterday and Today”
Panelists: Lindsey Wyckoff, Archivist, Bank Street College of Education
Francoise Mouly, Publisher, Toon Books and Art Editor, The New Yorker
Rudy Gutierrez, illustrator, Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey
Raúl Colón, author and illustrator, Draw!
Moderator: Leonard S. Marcus, children’s literature scholar and Honorary Degree holder from Bank Street College of Education

10:15 – 11:10am – “Artists and Illustrators Talk Visual Literacy”
Panelists: Laurent Linn, author and illustrator, Draw the Line
Hervé Tullet, author and illustrator, Let’s Play!
Angela Dominguez, author and illustrator, How Do You Say?/¿Cómo Se Dice?
Jason Chin, author and illustrator, Gravity
Brian Pinkney, author and illustrator, Max Found Two Sticks
Christopher Myers, author and illustrator, My Pen 
Moderator: Susannah Richards, Eastern Connecticut State University

11:10 – 11:25am – Break

11:25am – 12:25pm – “The Whole Book Approach: Reading Picture Books with Children”
Presenter: Megan Dowd Lambert

Join Simmons College professor and author Megan Dowd Lambert to learn about the Whole Book Approach, a co-constructive (interactive) storytime model focused on the art and design of the picture book, which she developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Drawing on her book, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See (Charlesbridge 2015) attendees will consider the difference between reading with children and reading to children. Active participation throughout the session will allow everyone to reflect on a diverse array of picture books in order to add Whole Book Approach tools and techniques to their own storytime practice.

12:25 – 1:25pm – Book Discussions (DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS AND BOOK LIST)

1:25 – 2:00pm – Lunch and Book Autographing

2:05 – 2:50pm – “Capturing the Action: Graphic Novels and Visual Literacy”
Panelists: Deb Lucke, author and illustrator, The Lunch Witch
Raúl Gonzalez, illustrator, Lowriders in Space
Jorge Aguirre, co-author and illustrator, Dragons Beware!
George O’Connor, author and illustrator, Olympians series
Moderator: Jesse Karp, Pratt Institute School of Information

2:55 – 3:30pm – Closing keynote: Pam Muñoz Ryan, author, Echo

3:30 – 4:00pm – Autographing in the lobby – books for sale from the Bank Street Book Store team

Can’t make it to Bank Street? KidLit TV will be live streaming from BookFest 2016!



Children’s Book Committee – August Pick

August 15, 2016


The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison
(Chronicle Books, 2016)

In the 1960s, Alta and Charmaine each thinks she is the fastest runner in Wilma Rudolph’s hometown. Can the two become friends before the Olympic medalist’s victory parade begins? Appealing colorful watercolors.

Our Young Reviewer says:

“This book is special because some of the book is true and some of the book is made up. It is true that Wilma Rudolph was the fastest runner and it is true that there was a parade for her. It is made up that Alta and Charmaine wanted to be Wilma Rudolph. I think that Alta and Charmaine were not real. That is special. I think this book is cool and interesting. Also, some of the words are like poems. And the words feel fast like they are running!”

– Annette, 6, Brooklyn, NY

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