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.
by Megan Jean Sovern
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
Saturday, October 24, 9AM-3PM
BookFest @ Bank Street
a 45-year-old tradition
Keynote speaker: Rita Williams-Garcia
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
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)
for Younger Readers
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan)
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)
for Younger Readers
Winter Bees by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Rick Allen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
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!
The School for Children students have spoken!
2015 MOCK NEWBERY WINNER
Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
2015 MOCK NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
2015 MOCK PRINTZ WINNER
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
2015 MOCK PRINTZ HONOR BOOKS
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
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
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)