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Children’s Book Committee – February 2019 Pick

January 25, 2019

Tangled Planet
Author: Kate Blair


A vivid account of humans in the far distant future, trying to settle a planet and leave their spaceship, home for hundreds of years.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

“This book was excellent. I’m not much of a sci-fi reader so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Its character development and complexity set it apart from novels of its kind and the depth of character relationships make it much more than a simple mystery.”

– Caroline, 15 years old, New Haven, CT.

Young people who are interested in reviewing are invited to do so as we welcome the individual perspective of our age appropriate readers. If you are interested in being a reviewer, contact

See our past monthly picks.

Diverse Voices in Latinx Children’s Literature, Mini-Conference, Saturday, March 9, 2019

January 15, 2019

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is thrilled to announce its second mini-conference focusing on Latinx Children’s Literature.  The event will take place this year at Bank Street’s 112th Street address.

Author and illustrator  Duncan Tonatiuh will be our keynote speaker.


Duncan is the recipient of the Pura Belpré and Sibert medals as well as the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. He is the author and illustrator of Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight (Abrams) Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet (Abrams)  The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes (Abrams) as well as many other amazing books!

The conference  is for adults and will be in English and is for Spanish and English speaking librarians, elementary school teachers, publishers, authors and parents who want to expand their knowledge and better serve their populations.

Thanks to KidLit TV portions of the program will also be live streamed.
Registration $55.00


9:00 – 9:30

Breakfast and Registration

9:30 – 9:45

Opening Remarks:

Loida Garcia-Febo, President, American Library Association

9:45 – 10:30

Fantasy and Illustration in Graphic Novels and Comics

Raúl the Third, Lowriders Blast from the Past

Liniers Macanudo, Buenas Noches Planeta

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, La Borinqueña

Moderator:  Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

10:30 – 11:20

Elevating Our Heroes Through Picture Books

Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México

Raul Colón, Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

Eric Velasquez, Schomburg: The Man Who Built the Library

Anika Aldamuy Denise, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and StoryTeller Pura Belpré

Rudy Gutierrez, Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World

Moderator:  Sonia Rodriguez, LaGuardia Community College

11:20– 12:20


Lunch on Your Own

Book Sales

11:45 12:20

Author, Book Signing Begins

12:20 – 1:10

Soy yo: Developing Identities & Relationships in Latinx Coming-of-Age Stories

Pablo Cartaya, Marcus Vega Does n’t Speak Spanish

Emma Otheguy, Silver Meadows Summer (tentative)

Angela Dominguez, Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

Hilda Eunice Burgos, Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

Aida Salazar, The Moon Within

Moderator: Carla España, Hunter College

1:10 – 1:30

Keynote: Duncan Tonatiuh

1:30 – 2:00

Authors Sign Books


To watch the livestream go to:

Bank Street College of Education is located at 610 West 112th Street between Riverside and Broadway.  Take the 1 train to either 110th or 116th Streets.  If you get on the 2 or 3 you will be several blocks out of your way.  Note that the MTA does maintenance on the tracks most Saturdays.  Give yourself extra time to arrive!


The Children’s Book Committee’s Best Spanish Language Book List 2019

January 7, 2019
                                                         Books for Children in Spanish, Libros infantiles en español


The Children’s Book Committee and Center for Children’s Literature is delighted to share with you:


Los mejores libros infantiles en español del año 2019 para libros infantiles publicados o traducidos en 2018

The Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year in Spanish 2019 for Picture Books Published or Translated in 2018


This list was created by native and non-native Spanish speaking members of the Children’s Book Committee as well as employees, alumnae and professors of Bank Street College.  Each  book received the same vigorous review as works submitted for our “Best Books of the Year” list in English.

Click here for a downloadable list.

We will begin reviewing again for our 2020 list in March.  At that time, Spanish language picture books either written or translated in 2019 can be sent for review and possible inclusion.
Send to Cynthia Weill, Center for Children’s Literature, 5th Floor Library, Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street, New York, New York  10025
If you are a Spanish speaker, have a background in children’s books and are interested in reviewing for the Children’s Book Committee, please contact


Participate in the Irma Black and Cook Prize Award Selections

January 2, 2019
                                                                                             Keywords: Irma Black Award, Cook Prize



Elementary School Librarians and Teachers, Make Selection of Two Prestigious

 Children’s  Book Awards Part of Your Spring 2019 Curriculum


Want your students to practice their reasoning, persuasive speaking and to sharpen their visual skills while they participate in the selection of Bank Street’s Center for Children’s Literature’s annual best picture and best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) book?

First and Second grade classes may participate in selection of The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award). The 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.


Follow the links for more information about the Irma Black Award.   Registration



Third and Fourth grade classes are invited to jury the Cook Prize 2018.  The Cook Prize honors the best STEM book of the year published for children eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM title. Follow the links for more information about the Cook Prize. Registration.

Please share this information with your fellow educators and librarians.  Everyone is invited to participate.

Please contact cweill@bankstreet for more information.

Children’s Book Committee – January 2019 Pick

December 21, 2018

We Are All That’s Left
Author: Carrie Arcos


Her mother in a coma after an explosion at a farmer’s market, Zara seeks to uncover her tragic past. Chapters alternate between modern Rhode Island and 1990s Bosnia.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

We are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos is a very compelling story that portrays a very strong message about the importance of staying strong through hard times, and not assuming things about people. Although the story does start off fairly slowly, it quickly picked up and became very exciting. I especially liked that parts were based in Bosnia when Nadja [the mother] was narrating, as it was the most action-packed part of the book, for you had no idea who could die next. I think the two different settings of the story combine very nicely, since the Bosnian part answers a lot of questions about the US part, and vice versa. I think the amount of violence was right where it should be, too little and the story would feel bland, and too much would result in it being very gore-y. All in all, I think this story is great for Junior High students, and it portrays an important message.”

– Ben, 15 years old, Emporia, KS.

Young people who are interested in reviewing are invited to do so as we welcome the individual perspective of our age appropriate readers. If you are interested in being a reviewer, contact

See our past monthly picks.

Notes From the Bank Street Writers Lab

December 20, 2018
                                                                                                            Keyword: Bank Street Writers Lab


The Center for Children’s Literature is delighted to share a list of books authored by members of the Bank Street Writers Lab, published in 2018.  The Lab was created in 1937 by Bank Street founder Lucy Sprague Mitchell.  The Lab is a forum for professional children’s book authors seeking peer feedback on their manuscripts before submission for publication.

It has been a very prolific year for the group.  All are very grateful to other Lab members for their input and advice and to Bank Street for continuing to offer this opportunity for professional growth. Below is the list of book titles.




If You Want to Fall Asleep by Jackie Azuá Kramer (Clavis Publishing)



Native American Landmarks and Festivals:  A Traveler’s Guide to Indigenous United States and Canada by Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder (Visible Ink Press)


How Are You? ¿Cómo estás? by Angela Dominguez (Henry Holt) and Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Lee & Low)


On Top of the World; Pedro’s Monster; Pedro’s Big Break; The Big Stink (Capstone) by Fran Manushkin.  Eight of Fran’s books from the Pedro series were published in Spanish too!


Katie Blows Her Top; Daddy Can’t Dance by  Fran Manushkin (Capstone)



Rodent Rascals written and illustrated by Roxie Munro (Holiday House)



No Peacocks! by Robin Newman (Sky Pony Press)



Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges by Emma Otheguy (Bloomsbury) Also published in Spanish.



Stop That Yawn! (Atheneum) by Caron Levis (Atheneum)



The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep by Caroline Nastro (North South Books)

Announcing the 2019 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence!

December 19, 2018
                                                 Keywords: Writer in Residence, Emma Otheguy


The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College is thrilled to announce that Emma Otheguy, Ph.D.  will be our 5th annual Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence!



Emma will work with the 9/10s classrooms on creative writing in April of 2019.  Emma is the author of  Marti’s Song for Freedom: Martí y sus versos por la libertad (Lee & Low 2017)  about Cuban poet and national hero José Martí.  Martí’s Song for Freedom received five starred reviews, from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness. Martí received the International Literacy Association’s 2018 Children’s and Young Adult Book Award in Intermediate Nonfiction and was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education.

Emma’s other work includes,  Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges (Bloomsbury 2018).  Her middle grade novel Silver Meadows Summer (Alfred A. Knopf) will be published in 2019.

Emma attended Swarthmore College, where she studied children’s literature with Donna Jo Napoli and graduated with Honors. Later, she worked in farm-based education, at a children’s bookstore, and as an elementary-school Spanish teacher.  Emma holds a Ph.D.  in History at New York University, focusing on Spain and colonial Latin America. Emma has held fellowships and grants from the American Historical Association, the Council of Library and Information Resources, and Humanities New York.

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


Dr. Dorothy Carter

In 2015 Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover inaugurated the program and focused on poetry writing. In 2016 Newbery Honor medalist Adam Gidwitz taught creative writing.  In 2017, Crystal Kite winner, Kat Yeh , On the Way to BEA focused on short story writing. In 2018, Renée Watson, Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner, author of Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury) taught poetry.


Follow the link for more information about the Writer-in-Residence program.


You can make a donation to the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence fund here.


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