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Seeking Authors with Spanish Fluency for Storytime on Saturday, 11:00 – 1:00, May 20th at the Bank Street Bookstore.

January 26, 2017


On Saturday, May 20th from 11:00 – 1:00, the Bank Street Bookstore will hold a Spanish-speaking story time. Authors of bilingual or Spanish language books will read in Spanish and share their work with children who are native and non-native speakers of Spanish.

We are seeking volunteers to read and talk about their work with elementary level children. Native fluency in Spanish is not required. A working knowledge is enough! If interested, please contact

The bookstore is located at 107th and Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education to publish an annual “Best English/Spanish Bilingual and Spanish Language Books” list

January 18, 2017



The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education is developing an online list entitled “Best English/Spanish Bilingual and Spanish Language Books 2007 – 2017”  for books published 2006 – 2016. Created from yearly selections by the Children’s Book Committee, the list will be posted online at the same time as the Committee’s annual list of the Best Children’s Books of the Year.

We are requesting the submission of books, published in 2017,  to be considered for the 2018 edition.  We are seeking bilingual and Spanish language literature for children in all genres and for all ages. Submissions will be reviewed by Spanish-speaking members of the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College. Work should be of excellent literary quality, engaging, culturally authentic, and accurate in translation.

If you have books you would like reviewed please send copies to:

The Children Book Committee, Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street, New York, New York 10025


Dr. Cynthia Weill, Center for Children’s Literature, Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street, New York, New York 10025



Author/Illustrator Stephen Savage, Irma Black/Cook Prize Keynote Speaker 2017

January 12, 2017




We are delighted to announce that author/illustrator Stephen Savage will deliver the keynote address at the Irma Black and Cook Prize ceremony on Thursday,  May 18th.  The event will take place in the Tabas Auditorium at Bank Street College of Education from 10:00 – 11:30. Stephen has created multiple award winning books including:  Where’s Walrus (Scholastic 2011); Supertruck (Roaring Brook Press 2015) and Little Plane Learns to Write (Roaring Brook Press 2017).


Works written and/or illustrated by Stephen Savage


Stephen Savage ( publishing date June 2017)


Help Choose the 2017 Irma Black Award and Cook Prize Winners!

January 9, 2017

ibalogoThe Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award) goes to an outstanding book for young children–a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.

If you work with six to eight-year-olds and would like to help choose this year’s Irma Black Award winner and honor books, please fill out a registration form for your class.

Cook Prize_webThe Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM book.

If you work with eight to ten-year-olds and would like to help choose this year’s Cook Prize winner and honor books, please fill out a registration form.

Voting will begin in February 2017!

If you hear a particularly insightful or funny anecdote about an Irma Black or Cook Prize candidate from one of your students, please share it with us.  Contact  We may read it at the awards celebration on May 18th. Note that this event will be live streamed courtesy of KidLit TV for everyone to access.   We will post a URL soon.

Announcing the 2017 Writer-in-Residence — Kat Yeh!

January 4, 2017

The Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature is delighted to announce that this April we will host our third annual Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. Kat Yeh, author of middle grade novel The Truth About Twinkie Pie, will work with the 9/10s classes on creative writing. Kat has presented several times in the School for Children and has also been a panelist at BookFest @ Bank Street. The Truth About Twinkie Pie was the winner of Bank Street’s 2015 Mock Newbery Award.


Kat presenting to School for Children students, Spring 2016

Last year, Adam Gidwitz (GS ‘08), Newbery Honor winner, The  Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Penguin 2016)  and  alumni of Bank Street Graduate School of Education, worked with 9/10s students on writing novels.


Adam with the 9/10s, Spring 2016

In 2015 our inaugural Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence, Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander, worked with the 9s/10s on poetry.


Kwame with the 9/10s, Spring 2015

The program is named in honor of Dorothy Carter, Bank Street’s first African-American faculty member, writer of highly acclaimed children’s books, Director of the Bank Street Writers Lab, and Broadway actress. We lost Dr. Carter in 2012 but continue to honor her contributions to children’s literature through the Writer-in-Residence program.

Children’s Book Committee – January Pick

January 3, 2017


The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge
(Amulet Books/Abrams, 2016)

After the mysterious death of her father, a Victorian-era naturalist, Faith, 14, hopes that a strange fruit-bearing tree will lead her to his murderers. (13-17, mature content)

Our Young Reviewer says:

The Lie Tree has it all: an enthralling plot, realistic characters, effective prose, and a worthy moral create a book that deserves recognition. No work of young-adult fiction or, in this case, historical fiction, is complete without a plot that compels its audience to keep reading. The Lie Tree certainly has such a plot; there are mystery, action-and- adventure, and coming-of- age elements. No element seems forced, and unlike other young adult fantasy novels that mix genres—such as Brandon Sanderson’s second Mistborn series—The Lie Tree weaves its elements together rather than focusing different sections on different elements. That is, the novel is not merely at times a mystery, at times an action-and-adventure story, and at times a coming-of-age story.

In the midst of the story’s creative plot lies Faith, the adolescent protagonist. Faith comes across as genuine: she reacts to her father’s death in a realistic way, makes mistakes that any adolescent investigating a murderous plot would make, and deals with her emotional younger brother in a way that any older sibling can relate to. At the same time, the supporting characters reveal their depth. For example, Faith’s mother, Myrtle, first appears materialistic, status-oriented, and distant. By the end of the novel, she is passionately doing whatever she can to protect her children. In addition, the prose convey the story well. Hardinge’s writing is detailed but not boring. For example, when describing the island that constitutes the novel’s setting, Hardinge writes, “the islands just visible through the mist looked like teeth, Faith decided. Not fine, clean Dover teeth, but jaded, broken teeth, jutting crookedly amid the wash of the choppy gray sea” (1). Hardinge’s prose conveys the important moral that the means matter as much as the end: Faith learns that she cannot lie even for the noble purpose of avenging her father. Thus, The Lie Tree should be a serious contender for this year’s young adult fiction prizes.

– Foster, 17, Anchorage, Alaska
See our past monthly picks.

New Date – Spanish Speaking Author and Illustrator Series Featuring Angela Dominguez

December 7, 2016
The Center for Children’s Literature and the Graduate School of the Bank Street College of Education are proud to announce a new program in Spanish:

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

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

Two time Pura Belpré winning author/illustrator Angela Dominguez will speak in Spanish about her children’s books at the Bank Street College Library on Friday, May 19th, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 pm. Dominguez is a native of Mexico City. She is the author and illustrator of numerous works including: Santiago Stays, Marta Big & Small, Knit Together, How Do You Say?/¿Cómo se Dice? and Let’s Go Hugo.

After the event, guests will mingle over refreshments and purchase autographed copies of Angela’s books through the Bank Street Bookstore.

Both native and non-native speakers are welcome to attend!

You may be able to receive field work credit from your institution for attending this function.

Register now ››

For more information about Angela go to:

Friday, May 19th, 2017
5:00-7:00 pm
Bank Street College Library, 5th Floor

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