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Bank Street Bookstore Is Among the Best: Just Ask Racked!

The editors at know a thing or two about shopping so when they chose Bank Street Bookstore as one of the absolute best places in the city for children's books and toys, we were especially flattered. Take a look at the #1 pick on their list of children's stores:

Angel Author Awards Cash Grant to Bank Street Bookstore

When Bank Street Bookstore learned it had won a grant from author James Patterson, it felt like winning the lottery -- but it was better because it was an earned honor, not a random selection. Store manager Andy Laties, pictured below with some of James Patterson's novels for kids and a New York Times clipping announcing the news, was notified by Hachette, Patterson's publisher, this week.

Patterson promised $1 million of his own fortune to independent book stores, allowing them remain true to the mission of supporting literacy and literature in communities across the country. While many book stores struggle against competition from online sales and e-books, Patterson knows the importance of neighborhood booksellers -- and so do Bank Street Bookstore loyalists.

With the grant, Andy says he will be able to post and stream online videos of in-store events, a service much valued by customers who enjoy watching puppet shows and story times for young children, whether live or online.

Thank you to James Patterson, a generous writer who is truly a gentleman and a scholar!




All Wrapped Up

Here's a trivia question our book-loving shoppers easily answer without fail: What is the signature look of the Bank Street Bookstore wrapping paper? It's a polka dot pattern of red and white, of course, just as it has been for so many years we've lost count. Isn't it comforting to know some things never change? -- especially in an era when rapping is often more common than wrapping. Please keep in mind that our gift wrap service is still (and always) available. The first package is free and $.25 per wrap after the first. Serwa presents a happy shopper with a Fly Guy book by Tedd Arnold, a perfect birthday gift in its jaunty celebration colors.




To Roominate, Perchance to Dream

Although the dictionary definition of "ruminate" is to think or ponder, Bank Street Bookstore staff member Stephen knows there's a new Roominate in town: a toy designed for kids, especially girls, who love to create, construct, design, and build (dreams!). Come take a look at this innovative new toy that combines engineering with fun.




Why February Matters

February is recognized in this country as an opportunity to identify and promote the countless accomplishments of Americans of African descent. Although no single month can possibly contain such an important past and present, Bank Street Bookstore is proud to highlight outstanding books that tell the stories of America through the study of black history. Karina holds one of her favorite titles this season, "Finding Lincoln" by Anna Malaspina. She also cites "Brave Girl" by Michelle Markel as worthy of attention for the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award it received from the Bank Street College Children's Book Committee this month.


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