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"Happy in Our Skin" by Fran Manushkin, with The Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater

Author Fran Manushkin's new book is a celebration of what makes people of all ages, sizes, and colors unique and special. Hear Fran read "Happy in Our Skin" at Bank Street Book Store on Saturday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m. with the Yippee Skippy puppet players. The book reinforces the importance of being comfortable with who we are, sending especially positive messages to the very young. Take home a signed copy after the event!

We Signed A Lease for New Location

Bank Street Bookstore will say goodbye to its current location at 112th and Broadway in March 2014. The new location is at 107th and Broadway.
Bank Street Bookstore will say goodbye to its current location at 112th and Broadway in March 2014. The new location is at 107th and Broadway.

Two and a half years ago I was selected to replace Bank Street Bookstore's irreplaceable longtime manager, Beth Puffer. My task was to help save the bookstore from closure after years of rent increases had eroded its sustainability. Today I am delighted to report that a new storefront on the corner of 107th Street and Broadway has been secured -- at a dramatically reduced rent. The Bank Street Board of Trustees and our new president Shael Polakow-Suransky, have arranged for the bookstore to move there early next year. Bank Street Bookstore will continue, with your support, to serve you for many years to come. Here is a link to the College's official announcement of Bank Street Bookstore’s move and to yesterday’s article featuring Bank Street Bookstore in The New York Times.

Best, Andy Laties

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.

The Bank Street Writers Lab still flourishes, as a component of the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature, along with Bank Street’s various awards programs, among them the Irma Black Award (outstanding picture book, as judged by child voters) and the Cook Prize (outstanding book about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) In addition there are awards given annually by the Bank Street Children's Book Committee, such as the Claudia Lewis Award (outstanding poetry book).

It’s this pivotal place that Bank Street College occupies in contemporary children’s literature that explains why forty years of nurturing and maintaining one of the world’s best children’s bookstores has been a mission-driven activity for the Bank Street College of Education.

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