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Children’s Book Committee – November 2018 Pick

October 30, 2018

Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight
Author: Rob Bierregaard and Illustrator: Kate Garchinsky

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Scientists and children track a female osprey’s immigration from Massachusetts to South America and back. Dramatic watercolor pencil, ink, and aqua crayon illustrations. Back matter.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

“Belle is an osprey. You get to meet her as she goes through her first migration, has many encounters along the way, and finds a mate at the end. She starts at Martha’s Vineyard, makes a beeline through Columbia to Rio Madeira. On the way back she rests at Yanomani Village, and at Lake Maracaibo, then flies over the Gulf of Mexico to Cuba where she almost gets shot at a fish farm. She then returns to the Gulf to rest a bit, but flies off quickly to escape a peregrine falcon, going to Florida where she is almost eaten by an alligator. She returns north to the Chesapeake Bay and Martha’s Vineyard. There she meets her mate and they live together on Cape Cod.

I loved everything about this book. I love wild life, especially birds, and especially osprey!! (as it turns out).”

– Maizie, 9 Years Old, Chevy Chase, MD.

Young people who are interested in reviewing are invited to do so as we welcome the individual perspective of our age appropriate readers. If you are interested in being a reviewer, contact bookcom@bankstreet.edu

See our past monthly picks.

BookFest @ Bank Street 2018

October 24, 2018
by Dr. Cynthia Weill, Director, Center for Children’s Literature

BookFest @ Bank Street was celebrated this year on October 20, 2018 for the 9th consecutive year and the 47th year in its history!

Some of the biggest names in the children’s literature community joined us for  panel discussions on books for children.  At the end of the day, Bank Street Graduate and  Newbery Honor Winner, Adam Gidwitz gave a thoughtful and brilliant keynote.

The first panel was moderated by School Library Journal Editor, Shelley Diaz.  The panel titled, Collaborative Couples in KidLit  focused on the joys and struggles of living and working with ones creative partner.   Wade and Cheryl Hudson, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann contributed to the wonderful dialogue.

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Moderator, Shelley Diaz with Wade and Cheryl Hudson; Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and Eric Rohmann and Candace Fleming (Photo credits:  Bryan E. McCay)

 

Next, Author, Emma Otheguy moderated Authors/Illustrators: School Visits and Their Impact on Practice with Adam Gidwitz, Rita Williams-Garcia, Kat Yeh and Stephen Savage.  Each panelist discussed how children had influenced them in their creative work.

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Emma Otheguy with Adam Gidwitz, Rita Williams Garcia, Stephen Savage and Kat Yeh (Photo Credits: Bryan E. McCay)

 

We were very honored that the President of the American Library Association, Loida Garcia-Febo attended BookFest.

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President of ALA, Loida Garcia-Febo with Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson authors of And Tango Makes Three

 

Former Bank Street Children’s Librarian and Director of the Center for Children’s Literature, Lisa Von Drasek returned to Bank Street for the day to give a presentation on Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection for Supporting Literacy in the Library

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Lisa Von Drasek speaks at BookFest (Photo Credit: Bryan E. McCay)

 

Afterwards, participants moved to their book discussion sessions.  Topics included mock Newbery, graphic novels, mock Caldecott and Best Spanish Language Books.

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We were very pleased to have the author/illustrator of Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red (PeachTree Publishers) as a book discussion leader as well.  Bethan Woollvin was visiting from  Sheffield, England.

Bethan with Director of Library Services, Kristin Freda and ALA President, Loida Garcia-Febo. Photo credit: Mollie Welsh Kruger

 

Our last panel of the day was Bringing the Real World to Life! Illustration in Informational Books moderated by Gillian Engberg with panelists: Maira Kalman, John Parra, Roxie Munro, Melissa Sweet and Zeke Peña.  The group explored the particular challenges and rewards in depicting real people, places, animals and events in informational books.

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Legend: Moderator Gillian Engberg with Roxie Munro, John Parra, Maira Kalman, Melissa Sweet and Zeke Peña (Photo credits: Bryan McCay)

 

Our final keynote was led by the wonderful Adam Gidwitz.

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(Photo credit: Bryan McCay)

 

At the end of the day, authors and illustrators signed their work for participants.

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Photo credits: Bo Zaunders and Bryan McCay

 

You can watch the entire livestream of the day thanks to KidLit TV and Epic!  Note that Adam Gidwitz’s keynote begins at: 5:39:45

Twitter: #BookFest18

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:

Abrams, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Disney Book Group, Enchanted Lion Books, Epic!, Getty, Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kane Press, KidLit TV, Lee & Low Books, Lerner, Little, Brown and Company, Peachtree Publishers, Penguin Random House, Scholastic

Some fun photos from the day!

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More resources and press:

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Educating Alice

Publishers Weekly

 

 

Children’s Book Committee – October 2018 Pick

September 29, 2018

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish
by Pablo Cartaya

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Marcus, Puerto Rican by birth but with few connections to his heritage, gets suspended for fighting, whereupon his white mother takes him to Puerto Rico to discover his roots.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

“This book was a stirring narrative of an eighth grader attempting to navigate teen hood while searching for his father in Puerto Rico. I liked that this book was unique in its character choices. It displayed a 14 year old, Marcus Vega, who was widely feared amongst his school because of his size. He was exhibited as a kind and loving family member, trying his best to help his brother on the autism spectrum, and his single mother take care of their family. “

– Gabriel, 12 Years Old, Brooklyn, NY.

Young people who are interested in reviewing are invited to do so as we welcome the individual perspective of our age appropriate readers. If you are interested in being a reviewer, contact bookcom@bankstreet.edu

See our past monthly picks.

Need Help with Your Children’s Book Manuscript?

September 26, 2018

Keywords:  Writing for Children, Writing Children’s Books

 

Check out these two classes to help you finish that picture book, middle grade or YA manuscript! Co-sponsored by the Center for Children’s Literature and Continuing Professional Studies.

 

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Writing for Children II: Developing Your Manuscript
October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12
The Writer’s Lab for Unpublished Authors
November 8, November 29, December 13, January 3, January 24
Taught by the wonderful Amy Hest, author of more than 30 picture books and middle grade novels for children.
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Still have questions?
Contact:
212-875-4649
cps@bankstreet.edu

Children’s Book Committee – September 2018 Pick

September 6, 2018

Survival Tails: The Titanic
by Katrina Charman

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With the help of friends, four-legged Mutt sneaks aboard the Titanic to reunite with his beloved, young owner, Alice.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

“This book about the Titanic is told in the voices of the animals on the ship. I like that because it makes the story less freaky, than if it was told from a human perspective. At first I didn’t want to read it, and thought it would be too freaky, but I decided to start with the Fact File at the end of the book, which got me interested and helped ease into the book. After that, it was gripping and I didn’t want to put it down. There was suspense when I thought the father in the story was going to die, and then relief when he didn’t.”

– Maizie, 9 Years Old, Washington, DC.

Young people who are interested in reviewing are invited to do so as we welcome the individual perspective of our age appropriate readers. If you are interested in being a reviewer, contact bookcom@bankstreet.edu

See our past monthly picks.

BookFest @ Bank Street 2018!

August 21, 2018

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The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College is thrilled to announce the program for the 47th annual BookFest!  This will be BookFest’s 9th year at Bank Street.  Our keynote speaker will be the delightful and humorous Newbery Honor winner, Adam Gidwitz, author of The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. 

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Schedule of Events

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Registration, light breakfast and coffee

9:30 – 9:35/Auditorium

Welcome Remarks

Cynthia Weill, Director, Center for Children’s Literature

Bank Street College of Education

9:35 – 10:25 am/Auditorium

Collaborative Couples in Kid Lit

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohman, Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen

Pete Parnell and Justin Richardson, And Tango Makes Three

Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Moderator: Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

10:25 – 11:15/Auditorium

Authors/Illustrators: School Visits and Their Impact on Practice

Adam Gidwitz, The Unicorn Rescue Society series

Rita Williams Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Kat Yeh, The Way to BEA

Stephen Savage, Jack B. Ninja

Moderator: Emma Otheguy, Ph.D. Children’s Book Author

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Break

11: 30 – 11:50 a.m./Auditorium

Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection for Supporting Literacy in the Library

Lisa Von Drasek, Curator, Kerlan Collection, University of Minnesota

11:50 – 12:50/Classrooms

Book Discussion Sessions (out of courtesy for all session participants you are kindly requested to read all of the books listed for your group prior to attending BookFest)

12:50 – 1:45 pm/Cafeteria

Pick up Lunch, dine in the cafeteria or lobby

Lunchtime Autographing Session in the lobby

1:45 – 2:35/Auditorium

Bringing the Real World to Life! Illustration in Informational Books

John Parra, Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos

Roxie Munro, Rodent Rascals

Melissa Sweet, Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White

Maira Kalman, Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote

Zeke Peña, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Moderator: Gillian Engberg, Children’s Literature Consultant

2:35 – 3:05/Auditorium

Closing Keynote

Adam Gidwitz, The Unicorn Rescue Society series

3:00 – 4:00/Lobby

Autographing Session

Books for sale from the Bank Street Book Store

Register

Thanks to Epic!  the  program will be livestreamed by KidLit TV.  You can also access the archived footage after the event.

Thanks in advance to our wonderful sponsors.  Their contributions help keep the cost of BookFest affordable for everyone:

Abrams, Charlesbridge, Disney Book Group, Epic!, Getty, Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kane Press, Lerner,  KidLit TV, Lee & Low Books, Little, Brown and Company, Penguin Random House, Scholastic

 

The program will take place in the Tabas Auditorium at Bank Street College, 610 West 112th Street between Riverside and Broadway.  Take the 1 train to 110th Street.  If you are taking the 2 or 3 trains get off at 96th Street and continue on the 1 to 110th.   Otherwise, you will be several blocks out of your way.

Still have questions?  Contact cweill@bankstreet.edu

Children’s Book Committee – August 2018 Pick

July 25, 2018

Woodrow at Sea
by Wallace Edwards

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A young elephant develops a friendship with a rescued mouse as they weather a storm, encounter sea creatures, sing together, and return home. Animal watercolor-ink illustrations.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

This book is excellent and different because it only has pictures, and doesn’t have words. The story is about George going somewhere and seeing his friend, Mouse, and scouting a cool sea creature. I liked the part when they saw a purple cool sea creature.

– Sydnee, 8 Years Old, Brooklyn

Young people who are interested in reviewing are invited to do so as we welcome the individual perspective of our age appropriate readers. If you are interested in being a reviewer, contact bookcom@bankstreet.edu

See our past monthly picks.

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