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The Building Blocks of Play – Schedule of the Day

March 25, 2015

The Building Blocks of PlaySaturday, April 11, 2015

“The Building Blocks of Play: Art, Books and Childhood” — a daylong exploration of the importance of play through a young person’s education and into adulthood.

8:30-9:00AM: Register, get coffee

9:00-9:05AM: Welcome Remarks

9:05-9:35AM: Opening Keynote: Linda Mayes

Linda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center, the Interim Director of the Yale Child Study Center, and Special Advisor to the Dean, Yale School of Medicine.

9:35-9:50AM: Linda Mayes and Robie Harris: “Placing Play First while Working on a Manuscript

9:50-10:50AM: “The Role of Play in Books for Early Childhood

Panel: Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Nina Crews, Paul O. Zelinsky

Moderator: Nancy Nager, professor of education and child development, Bank Street College Graduate School of Education

11:00AM-12:00PM: A Pop-Up Workshop 

Led by Becca Zerkin, member of the Matt Reinhart Pop-Up Studio and the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee

12:00-1:00PM: Pick up Boxed Lunch from the Cafeteria / Autographing in the Lobby

1:00-1:30PMPeter H. Reynolds on the Role of Technology in Play

1:30-2:15PM: Music and the Art of Playing

Led by Betsy Blachly, head teacher, the Bank Street School for Children

2:15-2:45PM Closing Keynote: Richard Lewis, “Beginning and Becoming: Thoughts on the Growing Nature of our Imagining

2:45-3:15PM Autographing in the lobby

Tickets: $75

Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015 Edition

March 19, 2015

ChildrensBookCommitteeCover2015The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2014. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes. Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.

Under Five | Five to Nine | Nine to Twelve | Twelve to Fourteen | Fourteen and Up

We are very pleased to announce The Best Children’s Books of the Year is back in print! Purchase a print copy of the 2015 Edition for your collection for $10.00 (plus $3.00 shipping). Please contact bookcom@bankstreet.edu to place your order.

 

 

Announcing the Inaugural Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence – Kwame Alexander!

March 17, 2015

The_Crossover_book_coverKwame Alexander, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal for The Crossover, will be the Inaugural Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence

Next month, Kwame will begin working with the 9s/10s on their poetry for six weeks, from early April through mid-May. Bank Street College is establishing an endowment to continue this residency in the name of Dorothy Carter, a children’s book author, a Broadway actress, the first African-American member of the Bank Street College graduate faculty, and a leader of the Bank Street Writers Lab. We lost Dr. Carter in 2012, but her legacy will live on through the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program.

It is fortuitous that Kwame Alexander will inaugurate this program–not only because he is the winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal, but also because his father, who graduated from Bank Street College Graduate School of Education in 1970, worked directly with Dorothy Carter in the Harlem Institute for Teachers.

The Bank Street Community is thrilled that he will be sharing his gifts with our students and teachers in the School for Children, the Graduate Faculty, and the New York City community at large. Kwame will be kicking off his Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residency with an evening event together with his father, Dr. E. Curtis Alexander.

Join us here at Bank Street on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 6:30-7:30PM for Doing the Write Thing, 1969-2015: A Literary Legacy Conversation Between Kwame Alexander, 2015 Newbery Medalist, and his father, Dr. E. Curtis Alexander (GS ’70), moderated by Leonard S. Marcus, historian and author of Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon.

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Children’s Book Committee – March Pick

March 13, 2015

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The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm
Random House Books for Young Readers
2014

When a strange boy shows up at her house and turns out to be her grandfather, eleven-year-old Ellie’s life changes and her interest in science grows. Cheerful black-and-white illustrations of goldfish. (9-12)

Young Reviewer:
This book is a cliffhanger. It was realistic fiction except for the science fiction twist about Ellie’s grandfather. I think it’s cool to see the grandfather as a teenager still with the intelligence of an older person. But Ellie shows real wisdom in the end and learns new things about herself.
– Dante, 10, East Hampton, New York

Want to become a Young Reviewer?
See our past monthly picks.

Register Now for The Building Blocks of Play

February 19, 2015

Registration now open!

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9AM-3PM

“The Building Blocks of Play: Art, Books and Childhood” — a daylong exploration of the importance of play through a young person’s education and into adulthood.

The Building Blocks of Play

Keynote speaker: Linda Mayes

Mayes_LindaLinda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center, Interim Director, Yale Child Study Center, and Special Advisor to the Dean, Yale School of Medicine.

 

 

 

Authors and artists: 

Nina Crews
Robie Harris
Richard Lewis
Peter Reynolds
Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Paul O. Zelinsky

A Pop-Up Workshop, led by Becca Zerkin, a member of the Matt Reinhart Pop-Up Studio

Lunch will be served, and two autographing sessions will occur mid-day and at close of day.

Tickets: $75

Read more on the importance of play in this New York Times op-ed co-authored by Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suranksy and Nancy Nager, graduate faculty member.

2015 Irma Black Award Finalists!

February 17, 2015

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:

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Blizzard
by John Rocco
(Hyperion)

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Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea
by Lynne Cox,
illus. by Brian Floca
(Schwartz & Wade)

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett,
illus. by Jon Klassen
(Candlewick)

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Shh! We Have a Plan
by Chris Haughton
(Candlewick)

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.

For more information on the Irma Black Award, please see our website. Read more about the Irma Black Award in School Library Journal.

Children’s Book Committee – February Pick

February 13, 2015
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The Meaning of Maggie
by Megan Jean Sovern
Chronicle Books
2014
With humor, insight, and a distinctive voice, Maggie narrates the changes in herself and her family as they cope with their father’s illness.
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
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