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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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