Community Reading Challenge

The office of Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell announced the 11th annual Community Reading Challenge today by encouraging students from pre-k through grade 8 to embrace the three Rs of learning: reading, reading, and reading! This year's theme is "Reading Saves the Day," honoring historical and living heroes. Stop by your local New York Public Library branch to pick up a book list, reading log, and suggested activities. The challenge will culminate in May with three book festivals. For more information, call Assemblyman O'Donnell's office at (212) 866-3970.

Daily Stories at Bank Street Bookstore

Just look at our tot lot from this morning's story time. Ms. Chelsea read and sang while Ms. Mallory strummed the guitar. And the kids? Well, they did just exactly what you would expect: They smiled and swayed and rocked and stomped. They especially loved hearing "Corduroy" by Don Freeman, a longtime favorite that continues to enchant young listeners. Join us on the second floor every day at 10:30 a.m.!


Now that Taxes Are Filed

Forget itemized lists and deductions for now (or at least until next tax season) and try counting something fun for a change. In Andrea Menotti's "How Many Jelly Beans?" the big-book format allows young mathematicians to count high and higher to reach big and bigger numbers. Kids will have lots of fun with something so colorful and delicious. Leave it to everyone's favorite -- the humble jelly bean -- to inspire and teach math.