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LeVar Burton Reads "The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm"

10/08/2014 6:00 pm
 

Award winning actor, director and education advocate LeVar Burton will read from his first children's book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, at Bank Street Bookstore on Wednesday October 8 at 6 pm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the storm just makes him feel worse, so Rhino sets off on a whimsical journey toward healing.

All ages are welcome at this event; attendees must purchase a book. Mr. Burton will sign only books.

For reservations please call the bookstore at 212-678-1654 or 875-4550.

About the Author:
Actor, director and educator LeVar Burton has been an icon for more than 35 years. 1977’s TV miniseries Roots propelled the 19-year-old Burton onto the world stage with his unforgettable performance as Kunta Kinte. In 1983 he became the host of the iconic and beloved children’s show, Reading Rainbow. As Star Trek: The Next Generation’s blind chief engineer Geordi LaForge, Burton reminded audiences that it’s not our disabilities but our contribution to society that defines us.

Book List
$17.95
ISBN-13: 9780990539506
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Reading Rainbow, 10/2014

Location: 
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610 W 112th St
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New York
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Province:
New York
Postal Code:
10025
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"Wild Things" Reading with Betsy Bird

09/27/2014 2:00 pm
 

Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature dispels any notion that children’s literature is apolitical and humorless.” -VOYA Magazine

Three creative minds collaborated to write this insider tell-all about the mischievous boys and girls who’ve written some of your favorite contemporary children’s books. Bank Street Bookstore hosts one of them, Betsy Bird, on Saturday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss one of the fall season's widely anticipated releases.

“This book is a mischievous, risky, highly amusing, disturbing, and informative romp. I say, suppress it.”
—Jules Feiffer

Wild Things, written by leading kids’ lit bloggers Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta, goes behind the scenes with anecdotes and backstories highlighting some of the most beloved children's book authors and illustrators in the post-Harry Potter children’s publishing world. Get the inside story on some of the most controversial children’s authors working today.

“The discussion of censorship is particularly thoughtful.”-Kirkus Reviews
 Betsy Bird
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$22.99
ISBN-13: 9780763651503
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick, 4/2014

Giant Dance Party (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780061960833
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books, 4/2013

Library Lion (Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780763637842
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick, 7/2009

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596439856
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press, 6/2014

Wild About Books (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780375825385
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 8/2004

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Street:
610 W 112th St
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New York
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Province:
New York
Postal Code:
10025
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United States

Art Party

Educator and child life specialist Patty Weiner conducted the second of three family workshops at Bank Street Bookstore on Sunday, September 28, giving kids a chance to get creative with all kinds of art materials, many of them frequently found at the doctor's office. Becoming familiar with these materials helps children feel safe and secure when they visit the doctor, explains Patty, whose book "Taking Your Child to the Doctor or the Hospital" has other helpful advice about visiting the doctor. Don't miss the final workshop on Sunday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m. featuring music and movement.

The Stories Behind the Stories

Betsy Bird, children's literacy expert for the New York Public Library, knows a lot about books for kids. But for her own book, "Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature," she conducted even more research. The result is a collection of author tidbits some may find surprising -- and in some cases, even slightly scandalous. Betsy cites much back-up to confirm the truth behind some hard-to-imagine info in her book. The result is an ability to shine a humorous light on many of the all-too-human writers and illustrators we have come to love and revere. Betsy is shown above when she visited Bank Street Bookstore on Saturday, September 27.

Newbery Award Winner Paul Fleischman at Bank Street Bookstore

We roll out the welcome mat for anyone with a great children's book to share, but today Bank Street Bookstore brought out the red carpet for author Paul Fleischman. Paul is in town from California to participate in the Climate Change March in New York City. He dropped by the bookstore to sign copies of his new book "Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines." We recommend you pick up a copy of a book that is thoughtful, insightful, and truthful when dealing with the science (and social science) of caring for the planet we all inhabit. It provides excellent reading both at home and at school.

Bank Street Bookstore Is the Place to Be on Fall Weekends

Just look at the line-up of talent and creativity last weekend at Bank Street Bookstore (left to right): a reading of "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone" by author Katheryn Russell-Brown; a sharing of "Whatever Weather Would I Have If I Could Rule the Weather?" by author-artist Tasha Paley; and a sing-along and serenade in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month by author-performer-songwriter Jose Luis Orozco (pictured with store manager Andy Laties)

A Great Time Was Had by All

At the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 21, Bank Street Bookstore caught up with favorite customers, authors, and illustrators. It was a day to celebrate reading and writing while talking shop with book lovers of all ages. Look who stopped by to visit in between readings and photo ops with fans: Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers; Naoko Stoop; Moose and Richard Morris; Gordon Korman; R. L. Stine; Jon Scieszka; Brian Floca; and Bank Street staffers Peter, Claire, Karen, Suzannah, and Andy.

 

Halloween Party 2014

10/31/2014 3:00 pm
 

Halloween is just around the corner, and Bank Street Bookstore has big plans that mean spooky fun for all the neighborhood children: Trick or treats, face painting, a costume parade, puppet shows and our toddler haunted house!

October 22-31: Halloween Story Times
Daily at 3:00
Toddler Haunted House open 3:00 till 5:00 pm in the party room

October 31: On Halloween
Halloween Story Time 3:00
Toddler Haunted House - Face Painting 3:00-5:00
Costume parade for toddlers 5:30
Puppet Show 6:30-7:30

From October 22-31, we will hold a Halloween story time every day at 3:00 pm in the party room, with favorite picture books featuring the most fun monsters, witches, ghosts and pumpkins around. Then it’s romping time till 5:00 in the notorious Toddler Haunted House, a gloriously decorated cardboard box creation that little creepy crawlers love for playing peekaboo, and parents love for the adorable photo ops. Bring your camera!

Trick-or-treaters who come on Halloween between 6:30 and 7:30 pm will be treated to a hilarious puppet show featuring a Goofy Ogre, a Silly Witch, a Floppy Bat and more. Come join the fun!

 
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Pumpkin Time! (Hardcover)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781402295263
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 7/2014

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399246845
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 8/2013

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547858937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books, 8/2013

Location: 
Street:
610 W 112th St
Additional:
City:
New York
,
Province:
New York
Postal Code:
10025
Country:
United States

Expert Advice from Patty Weiner on Taking Your Child to the Doctor

Last weekend Patty Weiner, founder of the Bank Street College Child Life program, presented a family workshop at Bank Street Bookstore called "Taking Your Child to the Doctor or Hospital." Patty's tips were so helpful, we invited her back. On Sunday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m., Patty makes a return visit for a medical art collage party! -- a fun, creative, and caring way to prep young children for necessary doctor or hospital appointments. Patty (pictured second from left in photo below) shares easy tips for making doctor visits successful.

Unexpected Guest

One of the pleasures of working at a bookstore is meeting the talented people who create children's books. Jennifer Hansen Rolli is one such person. She wrote and illustrated a favorite summertime title, "Just One More," about Ruby, a child who lives large, always believing that more is more. Jennifer graciously stopped by Bank Street Bookstore to sign "Just One More." Pick up a copy at the bookstore soon!

 

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