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BookFest @ Bank Street 2016

November 3, 2016

BookFest 2016 was celebrated on October 22nd for the 7th year at Bank Street College of Education and the 45th year in its history!

The day consisted of three panel discussions shaped around the theme of visual literacy.

Panel 1: Reading with Pictures: Visual Literacy Yesterday and Today moderated by children’s literature scholar, Leonard Marcus. Panelists included: Lindsey Wyckoff, Archivist, Bank Street College of Education; Rudy Gutierrez, Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey; Françoise Mouly, Publisher of Toon Books and Art Editor, The New Yorker; and Raúl Colón, Draw!.

Panel 2: Artists and Illustrators Talk Visual Literacy moderated by Dr. Susannah Richards, Eastern CT State University. Panelists included: Hervé Tullet, Let’s Play!; Angela Dominguez, Mango, Abuela and Me; Laurent Linn, Draw the Line; Jason Chin, Gravity; Brian Pinkney, Max Found Two Sticks; and Christopher Myers, My Pen.

Panel 3: Capturing the Action: Graphic Novels and Visual Literacy moderated by Jesse Karp, Pratt Institute. Panelists included: Jorge Aguirre, Dragons Beware!; Deb Lucke, The Lunch Witch; George O’Connor, the Olympians series; and Raúl Gonzalez, Lowriders in Space.

Megan Dowd Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See (Charlesbridge 2015), spoke about her pioneering “The Whole Book Approach” method for reading to children.

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In the afternoon, participants attended book discussion sessions. Topics ranged from bilingual books with social justice themes to books by keynote speaker, Pam Muñoz Ryan.


Finally, keynote speaker Pam Muñoz Ryan, Newbery honoree for Echo (Scholastic 2015), spoke about her career as an author and the significant role of children’s literature in her life both professionally and personally.


KidLit TV added to the excitement at BookFest by livestreaming the event. The archived version is available here.

KidLit’s Rocco Staino, interviewed the day’s authors and illustrators which added to the festive atmosphere.

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During the day, participants networked, browsed books, caught up with old friends and chatted with the authors/illustrators.

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Throughout the day, authors signed copies of their books.


A drawing was held at the end of the day. Director of Library Services Kristin Freda selected the winner with an assist from Director of the Center for Children’s Literature Cynthia Weill. First prize was two tickets to next year’s BookFest!

To read more about BookFest @ Bank Street 2016 go to:

Finally, a special thank you to all the sponsors of BookFest @ Bank Street 2016! These sponsors were: Abrams, Candlewick, Charlesbridge, Chronicle Books, Cinco Puntos Press, Club Leo/Scholastic, Creston Books, Epic!, Hard Ball Press, Holiday House, KidLit TV, Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, Macmillan, Peachtree, Penguin Random House, Scholastic and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Photographs courtesy of Cheryl Simon and Kristen Vallejo.

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