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Virtual BookFest @ Bank Street: Register on September 1

Award-Winning Author and Illustrator Jerry Craft to Keynote at Virtual BookFest @ Bank Street

New York, NY—August 24, 2021—The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education will host BookFest @ Bank Street, an annual event devoted to the celebration, discovery, and discussion of books for children and teens, virtually on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Each year, the event, which is designed for adults, features luminaries from the children’s literature community. Authors, illustrators, editors, reviewers, and scholars will take part in three panel discussions at this year’s program. Award-winning author and illustrator Jerry Craft, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Book Award and author of the graphic novel New Kid, will keynote.

Other panelists and moderators will include three-time Coretta Scott King winner April Harrison; Caldecott winners Oge Mora, Cozbi A. Cabrera, and Chris Myers; NSK Neustadt Laureate Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Newbery winner Carole Boston Weatherford. Panel discussions will revolve around Black women picture book biographers, new imprints and voices in the publishing world, and a conversation with the creators of the picture book Milo Imagines the World by Newbery medalist Matt de la Peña and Caldecott recipient Christian Robinson.

Registration for BookFest begins on Wednesday, September 1. To learn more, visit bankstreet.edu/library/center-for-childrens-literature/bookfest-bank-street.

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/center-for-childrens-literature.

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 the Bank Street Education Center at bankstreet.edu.

Contact for more information.
Cynthia Weill
Director, Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature

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