BookFest@Bank Street LIVE STREAM 2019!

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BookFest@Bank Street LIVE STREAM 2019!


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October 19, 2019

9:30am — Welcome Remarks
Cynthia Weill, Director, Center for Children’s Literature Bank Street College of Education

9:35 – 10:25am — Illustrating Margaret Wise Brown
Moderator:  Jenny Brown, Senior editor at Shelf Awareness and a member of the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee.
Greg Pizzoli, North, South, East and West
Sarah Jacoby, The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
Lisa Von Drasek, Kerlan Collection, University of Minnesota
Jerry Pinkney, A Home in the Barn

10:25 – 11:15am — Native Voices in Our Time
Moderator: Loriene Roy, Anishinabe; Enrolled in White Earth Reservation and Minnesota Chippewa Tribe member; Professor at School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
Linda Kukuk, Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller
Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Children of Native America Today
Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
Traci Sorell, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Cynthia Leitich Smith, Hearts Unbroken

11:15 – 11:30am Break

11:30 – 11:50am — Listening to Literature: The Power of Audiobooks
Mary Burkey, Author Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature

11:50am  BookFest KidLit TV Interviews with Roxie Munro!

BREAK  – Watch KidLit TV programs until the livestream resumes!

1:55 – 2:50pm — Graphic Novels and Comics as Information Texts
Moderator: Mahnaz Dar, Editor, School Library Journal
Jerry Craft,  New Kid
Nadja Spiegelman, Zig and Wikki series
Dave Roman, Editor, Science Comics
Alexandra Graudins, Illustrator, Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine

2:50 – 3:20pm — Closing Keynote
Joseph Bruchac, Two Roads


ABOUT BookFest

BookFest is an event devoted to the celebration, discovery, and discussion of books for children and teens. This event, designed for adults, features luminaries from the children’s literature community. Authors, illustrators, editors, reviewers, and scholars will take part in panel discussions and breakout sessions.

BookFest was founded in 1971, by Frances Henne, a faculty member of the School of Library Service at Columbia University. The event was originally known as Let’s Talk About Books for Children and Youth Day, or Velma Varner Day, in honor of Henne’s close friend and colleague, Velma Varner, editor of Viking Press. The event has been hosted by Columbia University, Teachers College, and the New York Public Library. Bank Street College of Education has been a proud producer of this wonderful event since 2010.


About the Center for Children’s Literature

Learning to read gives a child a tool for acquiring information. Loving to read equips a child with an essential set of skills for developing a rich, imaginative and ever-expanding life.

Our mission is to create, identify, and advocate for the highest quality literature for all children from infancy through adolescence.  We ensure that such literature is readily accessible to every child, and to foster in parents, educators, and policymakers a commitment to the principle that good literature is fundamental to literacy.

The Center will provide workshops, guides, and content for learning and social-emotional/ aesthetic development at all levels of childhood education.

The faculty of Bank Street College of Education seeks to address a growing challenge: the diminishing use of children’s literature in literacy programs, particularly in the early grades. As a result, many children are finding it much more difficult to “engage” in their own learning.

The components of the Center are the Children’s Book Committee, Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award, The Cook Prize, BookFest@ Bank Street, and the Writers Lab. The Center is housed in the Bank Street College Library, home to a circulating collection of more than 68,000 children’s books.

About Epic!

Inspiring the next generation to develop a love of reading and learning.
Epic! was born out of a single question: How do we make books more accessible to kids?As parents, it always seemed strange to us that our kids could so easily play games and watch videos on their iPhones and iPads, but the same couldn’t be said for books. So in 2013, we decided to build the first “epic” reading experience, designed just for kids. Today, Epic! has grown into an award-winning subscription service, which gives millions of families and classrooms instant, unlimited access to thousands of books, videos and quizzes from leading publishers to help kids everywhere read, learn and grow.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Marian Margulies

As a developmental psychologist, I’d love to write a children’s book and looking for a class or workshop on this. I welcome any suggestions.


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