Bank Street Children's Book Committee Award Winners 2014

The Children’s Book Committee is a proud tradition at Bank Street College of Education and the Bank Street School for Children. It supports the commitment to seek and cite outstanding literature for young readers. Committee members read newly published titles each year, and select three books to honor as shining examples of new works for children. This year’s winners are:

Josette Frank Award for a work of fiction in which a young character deals positively and realistically with difficulties and grows both emotionally and morally

“Rose Under Fire” by Elizabeth Wein – This World War II thriller introduces readers to Rose Justice, a pilot who is captured by the Nazis and sent to a women’s concentration camp. Allie Bruce, interim children’s librarian at the Bank Street Library, calls Rose "a character who meets unusually difficult life challenges and is able to respond positively.”

Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for a work of nonfiction that inspires readers through examples of courage, hard work, truth, and beauty within a changing world


“Brave Girl” by Michelle Markel (author) and Melissa Sweet (illustrator) – This is a true story of Clara Lemlich, a young immigrant seamstress who leads the largest strike of women workers in U. S. history. It proves the importance of standing strong and standing together to improve conditions for all. Allie Bruce, interim children’s librarian at the Bank Street Library, calls this book “universally inspiring.”


Claudia Lewis Award for a work of poetry that conveys love, understanding, humor, grace, feeling, and meaning through poetic words and images


“What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings” by Joyce Sidman (author) and Pamela Zagarenski (illustrator) – This collection of poems provides encouragement to help readers bravely face a continually changing world with comfort, courage, and humor. Allie Bruce, interim children’s librarian at the Bank Street Library, loves the combination of author and illustrator, calling them a “perfect duo to capture many feelings – and many fans.”


"Big Snow" Puppet Show with Jonathan Bean

Author and illustrator Jonathan Bean visits the Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater for a whole lot of winter fun! Jonathan gets some holiday gifts from Ninja Monkey and Mousey, reads his picture book "Big Snow" and creates a winter wonderland with help from the audience.

Meanwhile, a wily Frogherd makes false accusations against a wolf who definitely does not eat frogs. But what, or possibly whom, might the wolf eat instead?

Improvised Saturday, December 21 at Bank Street Bookstore. Camera by Nere Kapitani.

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Author Amy Fabrikant Performs "When Kayla Was Kyle" with Puppetry by Illustrator Jennifer Levine

Special guests, author Amy Fabrikant and illustrator Jennifer Levine, perform a puppet version of When Kayla Was Kyle, a picture book about a girl who used to be a boy. Children create a puppet named Heehoo, and Heehoo performs as the country cousin in The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. With Andy Laties and Rebecca Migdal of Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater.

Event date: December 8, 2013