We are very pleased to announce the 2014 Irma Black Award finalists as picked by our School for Children third and fourth-graders from this year’s list of fantastic semifinalists. The finalists are:
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 interim 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.
Sure Signs of Crazy
by Karen Harrington
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013
Twelve-year-old Sarah loves new words, wants a first kiss, and is ready to face her absent mother’s mental illness and father’s alcoholism. (10-13)
Our young reviewer says:
I could relate to Sarah; I liked how I could understand what she was going through. I felt like I was with the characters, the places, and all of the characters are very detailed. It was the perfect balance of humor and more serious aspects.
-Emily, 13, Amagansett, NY
The Bank Street Children’s Book Committee announces the winners of its Children’s Book Awards for 2014.
This 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.
This award is given for the best poetry book of the year for young readers.
This award is given for a nonfiction book that serves as an inspiration to young readers.
The awards will be celebrated at Bank Street College on Thursday, March 6th, 2014. Congratulations to all of the winners!
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:
Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons
by Sara Levine
illustrated by T.S. Spookytooth
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
by Deborah Heiligman
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
No Monkeys, No Chocolate
by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young
illustrated by Nicole Wong
Toilet: How It Works
by David Macaulay
The Price of Freedom
by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Walker/Bloomsbury Kids, 2013
In 1856, John Price escapes to freedom in Oberlin, Ohio. When he is captured two years later, the town rouses to free him. Rich oil paintings.
Our young reviewer says:
I read this book about five times because I really liked learning about this part of history. I wanted to figure out what happened to John, Frank and Dinah. I asked my mom a lot of questions about slavery. It’s hard to understand that there were slaves in the United States.
- Dante, Age 9, Amagansett, NY