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Literary Greats Headline Children’s Literature Festival at Bank Street College of Education

BookFest @ Bank Street will host best sellers and Caldecott, Pura Belpré, and Newbery recipients to discuss topics in visual literacy

New York, NY, September 14, 2016 — On October 22, BookFest @ Bank Street will welcome authors, illustrators, editors, and other luminaries from the children’s literature community to share a closer look at their unique and often award-winning approaches to their work. Designed for adults, BookFest @ Bank Street is an annual daylong event devoted to the celebration, discovery, and discussion of books for children and teens.

This year’s panels will focus on subjects around visual literacy in children’s literature. Notable participants include Françoise Mouly, publisher of Toon Books and Art Editor of The New Yorker, New York Times bestseller Hervé Tullet, Caldecott Honor/Coretta Scott King winner Chris Myers, and Jesse Karp of the Pratt Institute. Megan Dowd Lambert, author of The Whole Book Approach: Reading Picture Books with Children, will conduct an interactive session with the audience on dialogic reading. The day will round out with a closing keynote speech by 2015 Newbery Honor winner Pam Muñoz Ryan. For a full list of panels and moderators, visit bankstreet.edu/bookfest2016.  

BookFest attendees will also divide into small breakout groups to discuss book topics in early childhood and adolescent categories. The groups will examine middle grade and young adult titles, information books, and graphic novels. New this year is a breakout session on Spanish language and bilingual picture books. Local children’s book experts, reviewers, and teachers will lead the sessions, and books by participating authors and artists will be available for purchase from the Bank Street Book Store.

The event, which has sold out in the past several years, has limited seating for media who wish to attend.

About the Center for Children’s Literature

The mission of the Center for Children’s Literature is to create, identify, and advocate for the highest quality literature for all children from infancy through adolescence. The Center ensures that such literature is readily accessible to every child, and fosters in parents, educators, and policymakers a commitment to the principle that good literature is fundamental to literacy. The Center provides workshops, guides, and content for learning and social-emotional/aesthetic development at all levels of childhood education. Learn more at bankstreet.edu/ccl.

About Bank Street College of Education

Bank Street College of Education is a recognized leader in early childhood education, teacher and leader preparation, and the development of innovative practice in school systems across the country. For one hundred years, Bank Street’s focus has been improving the education of children and their teachers by applying to the education process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. Learn more about Bank Street’s Children’s Programs, Graduate School of Education, and Division of Innovation, Policy and Research at bankstreet.edu.



Cynthia S. Weill
Director, Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature
Bank Street College of Education

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