Bright Ideas from Bright Kids Today at 5:30 p.m.

Meet test prep experts from Bright Kids today, Tuesday, March 11, at Bank Street Bookstore! Bright Kids staffers will present an informative parent workshop on how to help students prepare for the standardized tests that are administered throughout New York City for a variety of Department of Education schools and programs. Be sure to join us at the store today at 5:30 p.m.!

Simply Irresistible -- Baby Penguins with Melissa Guion

Baby penguins are on the loose at Bank Street Bookstore on Sunday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. That's when author/illustrator Melissa Guion visits the store to introduce two of her picture books: "Baby Penguins Love Their Mama" and "Baby Penguins Everywhere." Melissa will follow her readings with an art activity that helps children express what they know and how they feel about these charming tuxedoed birds. In the meantime, here are five fun facts about penguins:

  • Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of years ago, but are agile swimmers
  • Penguins are carnivores who feast on live sea creatures
  • Penguins are very social birds who live in colonies
  • Penguins see better underwater than on land
  • Penguins spend most of their lives in the water and usually live 15 to 20 years