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The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2017 Edition

April 11, 2017

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The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2017 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2016. In choosing books for the annual list, committee members 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.

We are very pleased to announce The Best Children’s Books of the Year is back in print! Purchase a print copy of the 2017 Edition for your collection for $10.00 (plus $3.00 shipping). Please contact bookcom@bankstreet.edu to place your order.

PDFs of the 2017 list by age range are available online.

Children’s Book Committee-March Pick

March 2, 2017

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Multiracial children depicted in gouache and pen and ink illustrations record their joyful interaction with the seasons in free verse in a diary style format.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes

By Julie Fogliano
Pictures by Julie Morstad
Our Young Reviewer Says:
This book is my favorite book I have read. I love this book. It is a book
about the seasons and it has poems for different days, but the book skips
some days. In the poems the girl in the book describes things that you really
can’t do like listening to the flowers sing instead of looking at them. And
smelling the warm sun and tasting the warm sun instead of just feeling it on
your body. It makes the seasons more interesting and it makes the seasons
more like imagination. The girl talks to the seasons also. Like for example,
she asks the winter to – please tell the snow, thank you very much, but no.
When she too cold or too wet she asks the seasons to change. It makes me
feel like the seasons listen to her and that the seasons could listen to me
too. I might start talking to the seasons too. The whole book makes me feel
calm.
And the book reminds me of all of the things I do in all of the seasons.
I just looked out of the window like the girl in the book and told the sun, I’m
tired of mittens, I asked the sun to tell winter thank you very much but no!
YR: Annette, age 6, _______
See our past monthly picks

Please Join Us At An Event Introducing Bank Street’s 2017 Dorothy Carter, Writer-in-Residence, Kat Yeh!

February 28, 2017

Friday, April 7th 2017

5:30 – 7:00

Library

Bank Street College of Education

610 West 112th Street

New York, New York 10025

The occasion is free. Please RSVP.

Kat, will guide 9/10s students on creative writing during the first two weeks of April 2017.

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Kat is the author of The Truth About Twinkie Pie, The Friendship, You’re Loveable to Me and The Magic Brush.

Established in 2015, the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program invites a prominent author to work with School for Children students to craft their writing each spring.

At the event, hear more about the legendary Dorothy Carter, the work taking place in the classroom and the permanent endowment being created so that all Bank Street students will be able to benefit from the writer-in-residence experience. Dorothy’s daughter, Carol Carter will also be in attendance.

 

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Dorothy Carter with the author, Eric Carle

Please RSVP.

Kat will autograph books for sale through the Bank Street Bookstore at the event.

Donations to the Dorothy Carter Writer-In-Residence endowment will be accepted at the event. Please make checks payable to: Bank Street College. Please put Dorothy Carter Endowment Fund in the memo.

Credit card donations also accepted.

Children’s Book Committee-February Pick

February 23, 2017

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Raymie Nightingale
by Kate  DiCamillo
(Candlewick Press)

Raymie, ten, hopes her father will return to the family if she wins the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, resulting in unexpected friends and adventures.   (9-12)

Our Young Reviewer says:

“This book is special and creative because all of the three main characters
have such original and unique personalities and backstories which keep
building as the reader continues, taking twists and turns which after, Raymie
(the main character from whose perspective the book is narrated from) learns
something about her two friends. Also, the “three rancheros” friendship is
interesting because of their contrasting personalities (Louisiana, the optimist,
Raymie, quiet, hopeful and somewhat naive, and Beverly, brave and caring)
but everyone comes in handy when they have to complete challenges and
overcome obstacles. The pacing was a little bit fast, though it might have been
to show that in the story, all of these changes, like her father leaving with the
dental hygienist and having a new set of friends and Mrs. Borkowski dying,
were all happening really fast to her and it was an overwhelming experience
for Raymie.”
Arya, 11, Manhattan
See our past monthly picks

Announcing the 2017 Irma Black Finalists!

February 15, 2017

 

We are very pleased to announce the 2017 Irma Simonton Black Award finalists as picked by our School for Children third and fourth-graders from sixteen semifinalists.  The finalists are:

 

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Quackers

written and illustrated by Liz Wong

(Knopf Books for Young Readers)

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Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith

(Scholastic Press)

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The Night Gardener

written and illustrated by the Fan Brothers

(Simon and Schuster)

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A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

(Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

The students spent a month–one week with rotating sets of four books–working 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.  Congratulations to all our finalists!

For more information on the Irma Black Award, please see our website

 

Spanish Speaking Author and Illustrator Series/Ciclo de Autores e Ilustradores Hispanoparlantes

February 15, 2017

The Center for Children’s Literature and the Graduate School of the Bank Street College of Education are proud to announce that author Eric Velasquez, winner of the Pura Belpré, Coretta-Scott King and John Steptoe Awards will be our next guest author at:

Ciclo de Autores e Ilustradores Hispanoparlantes/ Spanish Speaking Authors and Illustrators Series

Conversations with Spanish-speaking children’s book authors and illustrators

 

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Our inaugural event on Friday, September 23rd will feature two-time Pura Belpré winner Raúl Colón, illustrator of Draw!Me Llamo Gabito, and Hillary. Raúl will speak at the Bank Street College Library from 5:00–7:00 pm about his work.

Friday, September 23, 2016
5:00-7:00 pm
Bank Street College Library, 5th Floor

All adult members of the Bank Street community and alumni are invited to attend. The conversation will be in Spanish. Non-native speakers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Raúl will autograph copies of his books and refreshments will be served.

Register now ››

Spanish Speaking Author and Illustrator Series Featuring Eric Velasquez, March 31st

February 7, 2017

The Center for Children’s Literature and the Graduate School of the Bank Street College of Education is proud to announce that Eric Velasquez, winner of the Pura Belpré, Coretta Scott-King and John Steptoe Awards and author/illustrator of El Regalo de Mi Abuela and Los Discos de Mi Abuela  as well as numerous other titles will be our next guest speaker at the:

Ciclo de Autores e Ilustradores Hispanoparlantes/ Spanish Speaking Authors and Illustrators Series

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Eric will speak  at the Bank Street College Library about his work on:

Friday, March 31st 2017
5:00-7:00 pm
Bank Street College Library, 5th Floor

All adult members of the Bank Street community and alumni are invited to attend. The conversation will be in Spanish. Non-native speakers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Eric will autograph copies of his books and refreshments will be served.  The event is free but you must register.

Register now ››

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