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Authors Rally Round a Beloved Bookstore

At Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening, a Host of Authors Will Gather to Celebrate an Upper West Side Tradition in Children’s Literature 

Local Children's Authors at Bank Street Book Store on February 20, 2015 Photo: Cheryl Simon

Bank Street College of Education has long been at the heart of an American tradition in children’s literature, so when the call went out for authors to appear at the grand opening of Bank Street Book Store’s new location, dozens responded with enthusiasm and delighted affirmation.

Thirty accomplished children’s authors and illustrators, including winners of Caldecott and Newbery awards, are slated to appear at the gala ribbon-cutting, which will feature remarks by New York State Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell and Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky.

The Saturday, March 7 event will last from 10 am - 6 pm. There will be guest author readings throughout the day.

“Bank Street anchors a robust community of children’s authors,” says bookstore manager Andy Laties. “From the days of Margaret Wise Brown and Maurice Sendak, Bank Street has been an institution that supports creators of innovative children’s literature through its Writer’s Lab, its Children’s Book Committee Awards, and the Center for Children’s Literature’s Irma Black Award and Cook Prize.

“The Upper West Side has a heritage of children’s literature. There are so many authors within this community. Judging by their response to our invitations, I think they’re elated at the idea of this kind of neighborhood event.”

Guest Author Schedule:
11:00    Peter Lerangis, Amy Hest, Deborah Heiligman, Robie Harris,
Jerry Pinkney, Carolyn Mackler
11:30    Carol Weston, Betsy Bird, Rebecca Stead, Chris Raschka,
Susan Kuklin
12:00    Isabel Gillies, Peter Ackerman, Rachel Vail     
12:30    Tim Federle,  Alix Delinois     
1:00      Fractured Fables Puppet Show             
2:00      Chris Grabenstein, Patricia Lakin     
2:30      Sandra Jordan, Nina Jaffe     
3:00      Todd Tarpley, Cynthia Weill     
3:30      Doreen Rappaport, Jill Davis     
4:00      Eliot Schrefer, Robin Newman     
4:30      Monica Edinger, Jill Santopolo, Jerry Craft    
5:00      Meg Akabas, Yvonne Dennis 

Friends of Bank Street Book Store

On February 20, local literati met to celebrate the bookstore's new location and support Bank Street Book Store's mission of serving generation after generation of readers. Featuring: Shael Polakow-Suransky, Robie Harris, Andy Laties, Jennifer Brown, Frank Nuara, Chris Grabenstein, Carol Weston and many upper Manhattan authors.

Cooking Class with Deanna Cook

02/28/2015 2:30 pm
  Have you ever wanted to know how to turn eggs into mice or make a self portrait on a pizza?

Get ready for a treat when Deanna Cook comes to Bank Street Book Store to share recipes from her latest cookbook for kids, Cooking Class.

Come join in the delicious fun on Saturday February 28 at 2:30 pm.
Deanna Cook is the author of The Kids' Multicultural Cookbook and Teddy Bear Doctor, as well as numerous articles about kids’ recipes, crafts and costumes. She was an editor at Scholastic and FamilyFun Magazine, and has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Food Network, and more. She gets lots of help testing out crafts and recipe ideas from her two girls, Ella and Maisie, and their friends.  
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Grand Opening Festival

03/07/2015 10:00 am
 An Invitation to Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening
On Saturday March 7, come celebrate the Grand Opening of our new location at 2780 Broadway on the corner of 107th Street. The event will last from 10 am - 6 pm.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am will feature remarks by Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell and Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky. Starting at 11 am, an all day Story Time Festival features thirty-one upper Manhattan children’s book authors. Come see our new space, schmooze and enjoy refreshments.

We at Bank Street Book Store are proud to be part of a neighborhood where a culture of children’s literature is flourishing. We are grateful for the outpouring of support that has come from our community, our family. Thank you all so much, and we’ll see you at the Opening!

Guest Author Schedule:
11:00    Peter Lerangis, Amy Hest, Deborah Heiligman, Robie Harris,
             Jerry Pinkney, Carolyn Mackler, Vin Vogel
11:30    Carol Weston, Betsy Bird, Rebecca Stead, Chris Raschka, Susan Kuklin
12:00    Isabel Gillies, Peter Ackerman, Rachel Vail     
12:30    Tim Federle,  Alix Delinois     
1:00      Fractured Fables Puppet Show             
2:00      Chris Grabenstein, Patricia Lakin     
2:30      Sandra Jordan, Nina Jaffe     
3:00      Todd Tarpley, Cynthia Weill     
3:30      Doreen Rappaport, Jill Davis     
4:00      Eliot Schrefer, Robin Newman     
4:30      Monica Edinger, Jill Santopolo, Jerry Craft    
5:00      Meg Akabas, Yvonne Dennis 
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2780 Broadway
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New York
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New York
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10025
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George O'Connor Shares "Ares, Bringer of War" at Fractured Fables

03/01/2015 1:00 pm

 
Best-selling author George O'Connor joins Fractured Fables as a guest, to share his latest graphic novel, Ares, Bringer of War, the seventh book in the Olympians series.
George may also be persuaded to read one of his wonderful picture books for the younger members of the group.
Here's you chance to meet one of New York's premiere children's graphic nevelists, and enjoy improvisational, interactive puppet show fun at Bank Street Book Store.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater's Fractured Fables features live music, and children pick the story!

 

George O'Connor wields the  pen behind Olympians, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. In addition to his graphic novel career, Mr. O’Connor has published several children’s picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot.

 
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2780 Broadway
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New York
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The Velveteen Rabbit Video Featuring the Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater

A Fractured Fables Christmas Special.

A lucky Velveteen Rabbit becomes a little boy’s most beloved toy on Christmas Day. The other toys are jealous of Velveteen Rabbit, making fun of it and telling it the boy's love won't last. But the boy is never seen without his fuzzy friend at hand, playing with it until it's so worn and tattered that his father puts it away in the attic. The heartbroken Velveteen Rabbit is sure it will never see the little boy again, but an old rocking horse tells him there is a way with a little magic and a lot of love.

Performed 12-20-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal and Chelsea Camp. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

Support our programs for kids! Buy The Velveteen Rabbit books at Bank Street Bookstore.

Musical Storyhour with CC and Mallory

01/21/2015 3:00 pm
                                                                                    Chelsea Camp and Mallory Kinney 
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610 W 112th St
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New York
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New York
Postal Code:
10025
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“The Snow Queen” Video Featuring Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater

A Fractured Fables Christmas Special

Ever since Kay got a piece of magic mirror stuck in his eye and heart, his long-time friend Greta has seen him change for the worse. One day, Kay sees the beautiful Snow Queen riding a magnificent sleigh and decides to hitch his sleigh to it. When she discovers Kay, she spirits him way to her castle in the North Pole. Greta witnesses his kidnapping, but none of the townsfolk believe it was the Snow Queen. Unwilling to give up, Greta embarks on an epic journey to save her best friend.

Performed 12-20-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal and Chelsea Camp. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

Support our programs for kids! Buy Snow Queen books at Bank Street Bookstore.

Hanukkah Puppet Show Videos: Fractured Fables

The Hanukkah Cow

This puppet adaptation of "Hanukkah Bear" begins when a hibernating cow is awoken by the delicious smells of latkes and immediately goes in search of the source. An old, poor-sighted woman hears a knock at her door. She thinks it's the Rabbi arriving for a special Hanukkah meal. The strange mooing sounds the "Rabbi" makes cause her to worry for his health, but she happily feeds him all the latkes he wants.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Hershel is weary from his long travels and is happy to see a nearby village where he can spend the first night of Hanukkah. However, he is surprised to find no menorah candles have been lit. A villager tells him of the terrible goblins who ruin every Hanukkah and the task of breaking their evil curse is an impossible one. But brave and clever Hershel is willing to take the challenge to save Hanukkah.

It Could Always Be Worse

A poor man lives in a tiny home with his complaining wife and boisterous children. He can't take the chaos anymore and runs to the Rabbi for advice on what to do. It is advice that he wasn't expecting and soon regrets taking.

Performed 12-21-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera: Nere Kapiteni.

Support our programs for kids, and save 50% on Hanukkah books now! Buy Hanukkah Bear, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and It Could Always Be Worser at Bank Street Bookstore.

Note for online shoppers: 50% will be subtracted from your order during processing.

"Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" by Eileen Christelow

Patricia Mills and Marilyn Hoffman perform a delightful rendition of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow, using monkey puppets and lots of silliness. This is an excerpt of a reading that took place on July 17, 2014 as part of Bank Street Bookstore's Story Hour Bootcamp program. You can see the full version of Five Little Monkeys too!

Support our programs for kids! Buy Five Little Monkeys at Bank Street Bookstore.

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