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Notes from the Bank Street Writers Lab

May 30, 2017

The Center for Children’s Literature is delighted to announce that the Writers Lab is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

On Thursday, September 28th the Lab will receive the 2017 Mentor award from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.  The Carle Honors Mentor award recognizes editors, designers, educators, librarians, scholars and others who champion picture books and picture book art.  The BSWL will receive the award in recognition of its leadership and support of writers and artists throughout its long history.

The Bank Street Writers Lab was created by founder Lucy Sprague Mitchell in 1937 to provide a supportive workshop where published authors could critique each other’s works-in-progress and strive for excellence.  Margaret Wise Brown of Goodnight Moon was an early member.  Later Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are and Mordecai Gerstein, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, became members too.

The Lab is profoundly grateful to Bank Street College for supporting and encouraging its efforts for eight decades.

As in past years, Lab members have or will publish numerous books for children in 2017

Below is a sampling of these new books by Lab Members.



Amy Hest will publish Buster and the Baby and On the Night of the Shooting Star (Candlewick)


Caron Levis will publish May I Have a Word  (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)


 Selene Castrovilla (Caulkins Creek) will publish Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold in September

Sing, Don’t Cry written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Henry Holt) and  Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream  and Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Robin Newman authored, The Case of the Poached Egg (Creston Books) and wrote the picture book adaptation of Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, based on the script by Geri Cole (Running Press Book Publishers)


Cinco Puntos Press, re-issued Cynthia Weill’s series, “First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art” as board books (Not shown, Animal Talk)


Doreen Rappaport published 42 is Not Just a Number (Candlewick Press)

Stand Up and Sing! cover FINAL

Susanna Reich published Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice (Bloomsbury)

Martis Song for Freedom front cover hi res

Emma Otheguy will publish the bilingual Marti’s Song for Freedom: Martí  y sus versos por libertad (Lee and Low).  This is Emma’s first published picture book.

Congratulations to Emma and Congratulations to all!

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