Being Yourself and Playing Your Own Way

Story time at Bank Street Bookstore on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. features author Afsaneh Moradian and her book "Jamie Is Jamie." This book emphasizes the importance of the freedom to play as a means of expressing who you are. Join us for an author reading that helps present gender identify in sensitive and heartfelt ways. Whether kids dress dolls, don superhero masks, fix bicycles, or make dinner, this book shows how different roles feel for different kids as they play at home and at school. Join us at 2780 Broadway to celebrate a month of pride in New York and around the world.

Books for Grads

As graduation approaches, inspire students of all ages with books that deliver messages of adventure and accomplishment. Kids easily sense that graduation is a special and exciting moment -- a time for moving on, moving up, and in some cases, even moving out. It means one school year is coming to a close as another one begins, promising new thoughts, ideas, learning, and books! Here are some titles to help celebrate an event of excellence and achievement in every child's life.

"I Wish You More" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

"Whatever You Are, Be a Good One" by Linda Congdon

"You're Here for a Reason" by Nancy Tillman

"Make Good Art" by Neil Gaiman

"Only One You/Nadie Como Tu" by Linda Kranz

"What Do You Do with an Idea?" by Yobi Yamada

"Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life" by James Dean

"Short Guide to a Happy Life" by Anna Quindlen

"I Knew You Could" by Craig Dorfman

"Be Happy" by Monica Sheehan

"This Is Water" by David Foster Wallace

"Curious You on Your Way" by H. A. Rey


Celebrate Independent Bookstores on Saturday, April 28 at Bank Street Bookstore


As much as we all appreciate the convenience of e-commerce, readers around the city feel incredibly lucky to have local booksellers in their neighborhoods. Bank Street Bookstore, New York's premier bookstore for young readers, has been a Morningside Heights landmark for families since their children's children were children. Join us to celebrate the continuing tradition of buying and browsing at 2780 Broadway. Stop by for a special Independent Bookstore Day event on Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. and meet two great guests: author/illustrator Tim Miller and illustrator Misa Saburi. Their wonderful books will be presented and signed -- and you will be in the good company of other families who value extending the life of any and all bookstores throughout our fair city.



"Monsters Beware" Author Jorge Aguirre Reads without Walls at Bank Street Bookstore on Earth Day, April 22

Children are true citizens of the planet because every day they learn about how to get along in the world. That's why Bank Street Bookstore is taking an approach to Earth Day 2018 that includes consideration of the planet as well as its people. We are proud to participate in Macmillan Publishing's READING WITHOUT WALLS program by presenting author Jorge Aguirre as a special guest. On Sunday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. Jorge will share his book "Monsters Beware!," challenging young readers to choose books featuring characters who might see, feel, or think differently than they do. Jorge will read and talk about the themes of difference and diversity (also featured in his books "Dragons Beware!" and "Giants Beware!") that kids enjoy encountering on the written page. Join us at 2780 Broadway to kick off an engaging and thoughtful Earth Day.


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