Why Bank Street Bookstore?
Adorning the front entry of the Bank Street College of Education is a brass plaque honoring Margaret Wise Brown, author of the bedtime classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. In the 1930s, as a member of the Bank Street Writers Lab, Brown was a driving force behind the “Here And Now” movement in children’s books conceived ten years prior by Bank Street College founder Lucy Sprague Mitchell.
Mitchell and Brown oversaw the creation of hundreds of innovative works of literature that -- unlike that era’s conventional children’s books, laden with moral instruction – reflected back children’s intimate daily experiences and inner lives.
Working with legendary colleagues Ruth Krauss (A Hole Is to Dig), Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon) and Edith Thacher Hurd (Ellen’s Lion), Brown’s work paved the way for the Little Golden Books publishing phenomenon, and ultimately, via Krauss and Johnson’s disciple Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), to the entire modern era in children’s literature.