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Seeking 2018 Spanish Language Children’s Books for Review

March 8, 2018
The Children’s Book Committee (CBC) at Bank Street College of Education is seeking books in Spanish for its new “recommended” list.  Books for consideration should be published only in Spanish or translated into Spanish from another language in 2018. Work published prior to 2018 will not be considered.   Each work for consideration will be given a rigorous review by Spanish speaking members of the CBC.  Culturally authentic translation, tone and illustration will also be considered. Please send the name of a contact person with email and phone with each shipment.
Books can be sent directly to:
Dr.  Cynthia Weill, Director, Center for Children’s Literature, 5th Floor Library

Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street, New York, New York  10025


Go to Recommended Spanish Language Books 2018 for Books Published in 2017 for examples and to download this year’s list.

2018 Recommended Books Display for Books Published in 2017
Contact for more information.

A Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities

March 6, 2018

Despite a nor’easter the day before our March 3rd conference, A Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities was a great success!  KidLit Intro

The day started with an introduction by author, Emma Otheguy (Marti’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad, Lee and Low 2017).  Emma’s KidLit Interview


Emma offered some personal experiences about childhood reading growing up in a Latinx household and its impact.


Next, Boston Public Librarian, Sujei Lugo moderated a panel on “Bilingual, Board Books and Books for Young Children.”  Board book author, Susie Jaramillo, author/illustrator Cecilia Ruiz and bilingual author Emma Otheguy talked about what makes a great bilingual, board and young children’s picture book.  Sadly, author Angela Dominguez, because of the nor’easter was unable to get her flight and attend as planned. KidLit Video


Later, Sonia Rodriguez of LaGuardia Community College led a panel on “Diverse Voices in Latino Books.” Illustrator, Raúl Colón, author/illustrator Eric Velasquez, translator, Teresa Mlawer and Meg Medina spoke about diversity, hope, identity and the future of kid’s literature. KidLit Video


During the break, participants purchased bilingual, Spanish language and Latinx themed books to be signed by the authors from the wonderful selection provided by the Bank Street Bookstore.


After the panels, participants attended reading groups where they discussed all genres of Latinx themed work.  List of break out session leaders, topics and books read. 

DSC06389Finally, the wonderful Meg Medina, author of Mango, Abuela and Me (Candlewick) gave the keynote speech.

The ever thoughtful Meg started off her talk with the slide to the left.

Our planned keynote author/illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s flight was canceled the night before the conference. Although the audience was disappointed not to hear from Duncan, Meg wowed the crowd with a wonderful talk about her childhood, her writing, community and the importance of Latinx work. We are so very grateful to her for offering such a brillant and enjoyable talk at the last minute! KidLit Interview with Meg

We hope to have a similar conference again very soon.  The conference was initiated and organized by Dr. Cynthia Weill, Director of the  Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street with the input of librarians from the New York Public Library, Bookops, Lehman College, Club Leo at Scholastic, author Emma Otheguy and School Library Journal.

Article about the event:

School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly, scroll down

A special thank you to Kid Lit TV for live streaming the day!






Announcing the 2018 Irma Black Award Semi-finalists!

February 15, 2018

Announcing the finalists for this year’s Irma Simonton Black and James Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.  The award goes to an outstanding book for young children – a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the judges of the winning book.

Register your classes to vote.

This year’s finalists are:


7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar; illustrated by Ross MacDonald (Disney Hyperion)


After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again written and illustrated by Dan Santat (Roaring Brook Press)


Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman; illustrated by Maria Mola (Lee and Low Books Inc.)


How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford (Simon and Schuster)

The winner will be announced at the end of April.  Awards will be presented on May 10, 2018 at Bank Street College.

We love to share the quips and anecdotes students make about the books during the jurying process.  If you have something particularly insightful to share, please send and we may read it during the awards ceremony.  Photographs are also appreciated.

Register your classes to vote.

For information contact

2018 Bank Street Writer-in-Residence Wins Two Prestigious Book Awards!

February 13, 2018
The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College is delighted to announce that its 2018 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence, Renée Watson has won the 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award and a Newbery Honor for her middle grade novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury). This book also won Bank Street College’s Children’s Book Committee’s Josette Frank Award.
Watson is scheduled to work with Becky Eisenberg and Greg David’s 9s/10s classes in April on creative writing.
Each year the Center for Children’s literature at Bank Street hosts a prominent writer to work with the School for Children.  The Writer-in-Residence program is named after long time graduate school faculty member, Dorothy Carter.
Past Writer-in-Residence authors at Bank Street have included Kwame Alexander, Newbery medalist for The Crossover. Adam Gidwitz, Newbery Honor recipient for The Inquisitor’s Tale and Kat Yeh, The Truth About Twinkie Pie, Crystal Kite winner.

2018 Children’s Book Committee Awards

January 25, 2018

The Children’s Book Committee is proud to announce the recipients of its annual awards:



The Josette Frank Award


Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (Bloomsbury Publishers)



The Claudia Lewis Award


One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes (Bloomsbury Publishers)


The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award


Hawk Mother: The Story of a Red Tailed Hawk Who Hatched Chicks by Kara Hagedorn (Web of Life Publishers)

The recipients will be honored on April 5th from 9:00 – 11:00 in the Tabas Auditorium at Bank Street College of Education.

Cook Prize 2018 Semi-finalists!

January 25, 2018

The Cook Prize  is awarded to the best Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) picture book for 8-10 year olds. The Cook Prize is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM title.


This year four titles were chosen to be semi-finalists:


Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose & Jane Veltkamp (Persnickety Press)


Grand Canyon Written and illustrated by Jason Chin (Roaring Brook Press)


The Hidden Life of a Toad , Written and photographed by Doug Wechsler


Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Catherine Stock (Charlesbridge)


In February, March and early April, third and fourth grade children across the United States and globally will vote for their favorite title.

Register your classes.

The public is invited to an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in the Tabas Auditorium at Bank Street College. KidLit TV will also live stream the event. A url will be posted a few days prior.


A special thank you to our wonderful judges who so thoughtfully deliberated the merits of many STEM related picture books and chose the final four. The jury is made up of Graduate School and School for Children faculty as well as alumni and staff from the American Museum of Natural History.



Legend: Rebecca Chynsky, alumna Bank Street College; Katherine Enright, School for Children; Daniel Zieger, American Museum of Natural History; Robin Hummel, Bank Street College; Emily Linsay, School for Children; Carmen Colón, Bank Street College.



Teachers and librarians participating with their classes in the Cook Prize are asked to send any insightful comments or anecdotes made by your students to We may read them during the awards ceremony.

Spring 2018 Mini-Conference at Bank Street

January 22, 2018

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street is thrilled to announce:

A Celebration of Bilingual Books and Latinx Communities, March 3rd, 9:00 – 1:30 with keynote speaker Duncan Tonatiuh

Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive at W120th and Broadway, 14th Floor, Room 1402

A conference for English and Spanish Speaking librarians, elementary teachers, parents and caregivers who want to grow their repertoire and knowledge of these genres and better serve their communities.


Duncan Tonatiuh_author photo_Miles Vidor

 Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tee-YOU) is the author-illustrator of Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México (Abrams 2017) as well as other works. His books have received numerous awards including the Pura Belpré Medal.



Program Schedule

For Adults

Cost: $50.00


9:00 – 9:30

Registration, light breakfast and coffee

9:30 – 9:35


Cynthia Weill, Director, Center for Children’s Literature

Bank Street College of Education

9:35 – 9:45

Opening Remarks

Emma Otheguy, New York University

9:50  – 10:35

Board, Bilingual and Books for Young Children:  What Makes a Good One?

Susie Jaramillo, Little Sunny Sunshine/Sol, Solecito

Cynthia Weill, Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animals in English and   Spanish

Cecilia Ruiz: A Gift from Abuela

Angela Dominguez, How Do You Say?/¿Cómo se dice?

Emma Otheguy, Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad

Moderator: Sujei Lugo, Boston Public Library


10:35 – 11:25

Diverse Voices in Latino Books

Raúl Colón, Miguel y su valiente caballero/Miguel’s Brave Knight

Eric Velasquez,  Schomburg, The Man Who Built the Library

Meg Medina, Burn Baby Burn

Teresa Mlawer, translator

Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de   México

Cecilia Ruiz: A Gift from Abuela

Moderator: Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, LaGuardia Community College


11:25 – 11:40

Break/Book Signing

11:40 – 12:25 – Multipurpose Room

Book Discussion Sessions

(Attendees are kindly requested to read the books for their group prior to attending the mini-conference.)

12:30 – 1:00

Closing Keynote

Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México

1:00 – 1:25/Multipurpose Room

Autographing Session

Books for sale from the Bank Street Bookstore


For more information contact 

The Center for Children’s Literature would like to thank the following New York City Public librarians who contributed to the development of this conference: Roxana Benavides, Adriana Blancarte-Hayward, Alexandra Gómez, Libbhy Romero, Rachel Payne, Wilma Alvárez, Karen Ginman and Paquita Campoverde

We would also like to thank: Emma Otheguy, author; Mariel López Mota and Concetta Gleason, Scholastic; Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal; Alison Lehner-Quam and Cecilia Espinosa at Lehman College as well as Kristin Freda at Bank Street College for their invaluable input.


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