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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

See our past monthly picks.

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!

Register now ››

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


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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Children’s Book Committee – July Pick

July 5, 2016


The Airport Book
written and illustrated by Lisa Brown
(Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2016)

Packed suitcases, long lines, and little sister’s missing toy are all part of this child’s eye view of airplane travel. Nuanced, humorous illustrations. (5-7)

The story featured a family going on vacation and walked readers through the process of what happens at the airport. Stefano liked the subplot with the monkey doll, while I thought it was great to read before taking children on an airplane, as the steps of the journey were explained and shown. It helped to create a conversation about what to expect while traveling and how things could possibly go wrong. The illustrations went with the story, and were chock full of action and details, while containing a funny subplot as well. Stefano really enjoyed this story and asked for numerous additional readings. Recommended for little and young ones (0-9).

– Stefano, 4 and his Mother, East Hampton, NY
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The Picture Book Re-Imagined

June 17, 2016


We are excited to announce the July 12 opening of The Picture Book Re-Imagined: The Children’s Book Legacy of Pratt Institute and the Bank Street College of Education. The exhibition, curated by Leonard Marcus, features original children’s book artwork, manuscripts, and archival materials highlighting the ongoing legacy of Bank Street and Pratt Institute in shaping children’s literature as an art form.

The exhibition will be on view at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery from July 12 through September 15.

Join us at the Gallery for two fantastic events!

On Thursday, August 4, we will be hosting Library Salon 8! Curator Leonard Marcus will lead an evening gallery talk of the exhibition. Register here to attend.

On Thursday, September 15, there will be a closing reception and Leonard will lead a panel discussion, Inside Picture Books: Innovation, Craft, and the Future of the Art Form, featuring Steven Light, James Ransome, Barbara Lalicki, Scott Menchin, Caron Lee Cohen, and Caroline Ward. Register here to attend.

Bank Street Honors Winners of 2016 Irma Black Award and Cook Prize

June 10, 2016

On May 19th, 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 one another to enrich the story. This year’s honorees included Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy; Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall; You Can Do It, Bert! by Ole Könnecke; and It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee. The 2016 Irma Black Award went to It’s Only Stanley, drawing attention to its imaginative storyline, which was told in rhyme alongside intricate and comical illustrations.

The Cook Prize honors picture books that represent the best in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles. This year’s finalists included Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by April Chu; High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs by Lisa Kahn Schnell, illustrated by Alan Marks; and Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France, by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. The 2016 Cook Prize went to Mesmerized, a strange yet colorful tale that incorporates playful words and humorous, bold illustrations to explore the scientific method with children.

Scott Magoon, illustrator of the 2013 Irma Black Award winner Big Mean Mike was this year’s keynote. To view Scott’s keynote and the entire awards ceremony, click here.


Irma Black honoree Anne Vittur Kennedy with Cook Prize honorees Laurie Wallmark and Lisa Kahn Schnell

Reprinted from Bank Street News, May 23, 2016.


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