May is in bloom!

Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads) Cover Image
Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate Cover Image
Spring is Here Cover Image
Bear's Springtime Book of Hidden Things Cover Image
City Green Cover Image
When Spring Comes Board Book Cover Image
Green Green: A Community Gardening Story Cover Image
Bloom Boom! Cover Image
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And Then It's Spring Cover Image
The Ugly Vegetables Cover Image
The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng Cover Image
The Extraordinary Gardener Cover Image
Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis Cover Image
Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum Cover Image
Herbal Adventures: Backyard Excursions and Kitchen Creations for Kids and Their Families Cover Image
Flower Finder: A Guide to the Identification of Spring Wild Flowers and Flower Families East of the Rockies and North of the Smokies, (Nature Study Guides) Cover Image
Plantopedia Cover Image
Scary Plants! (Smithsonian) Cover Image
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:30am

Join Author Michael Genhart as he reads from his new book Rainbow: A First Book of Pride.

A must-have primer for young readers and a great gift for pride events and throughout the year, beautiful colors all together make a rainbow in Rainbow: A First Book of Pride. Rainbow is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent's love for their child and a child's love for their parents. With bright colors and joyful families, this book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and reveals the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe. Readers will celebrate the life, healing, light, nature, harmony, and spirit that the rainbows in this book will bring.

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:30am

Bank Street Bookstore is excited to host award-winning physicist and #1 author of science books for kids Chris Ferrie for a special science story time event. Chris Ferrie's Baby University series offers colorfully simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius - the perfect way to introduce young scientists to the basic concepts of quantum physics, rocket science, general relativity, and beyond! Chris will also lead interactive "Story Science" activities and hands-on demonstrations.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:30am

Join us for Story Time with Bweela Steptoe!

Bweela Steptoe is the daughter of award-winning children’s author and illustrator John Steptoe. As well as the model of many of John Steptoe’s books including the most famous book Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter’s. Her mission is to educate and share the legacy of her father, John Lewis Steptoe with the world. In honor of her father she has founded The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center, a not for profit organization she started to share the legacy and creativity of JLS. The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center provides art workshops, lectures and unique learning experiences for children, families and educational organizations in his childhood community of Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, NY). She travels to present, teach and give lectures focused on John Steptoe, his artwork, life and her life growing up with him. She is currently promoting the reissues of her father’s books in which she has written the forewords for and is working on a documentary that is set to be released the summer of 2020.

Bweela Steptoe is the mother of twin daughters who are currently attending their last year in colleges out of state. Bweela Steptoe became a contributing author for an anthology in 2016 with 19 other authors; Delay But Not Denied, 20 Inspirational Stories About Life And Resiliency, A Mother’s Love And Fight For Her Daughters; dealing with life and resiliency. In her chapter, she talks about the struggle and hardships she went through having two daughters that were faced with different learning styles that are viewed as learning disabilities.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 2:30pm

Join us for a reading and signing with Bank Street alumna Amy Tan!

Thirteen-year-old Jamie Bunn made a mistake at the end of the school year. A big one. And every kid in her middle school knows all about it. Now she has to spend her summer volunteering at the local library - as punishment. What a waste of a summer!
Or so she thinks.
A Kind of Paradise is an unforgettable story about the power of community, the power of the library, and the power of forgiveness.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

In his latest novel, author Kenneth Womack tells a story for our times in I Am Lemonade Lucy, tracing the tale of twentysomething refugee Azza Amari as she navigates her way among the college students in the working-class environs of tiny Fremont, Ohio. I Am Lemonade Lucy is not only about the people who populate our worlds, but about the choices that they make and that ultimately define them. This moving study of life in contemporary America has been lauded by Kirkus Reviews as "a fast-paced, energetic tale resonating with today's most troubling and important issues."

Kenneth Womack is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including the award-winning novels John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), and Playing the Angel (2013). His latest non-fiction works include a multi-volume study devoted to the life and work of Beatles producer George Martin, and a forthcoming book for the 50th anniversary of the band's Abbey Road album. Dr. Womack serves as Dean and Professor of English at Monmouth University, and delivers some 50 invited talks a year to audiences around the world while sharing his insights with media of all stripes. For more information on Kenneth Womack visit

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Books Matter

The Best Kid Lit on Bias, Diversity and Social Justice

This recommended collection of books is representative of the excellent anti-bias and multicultural literature available for educators and parents of young children through age twelve. All the titles in Books Matter have been reviewed by ADL staff and are frequently updated with new and noteworthy books.

Irma Black Award Semi-Finalist Package 2019


The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award) goes to an outstanding book for young children—a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.

Price: $60.00