Saturday, September 4, 2021

Some Very Good News from the Bank Street Children's Book Committee

I have three pieces of good news from the Bank Street Children's Book Committee for all fans of children's literature. 

The first piece of good news is that The Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Children's Book of the Year 2021 Edition is now available as a PDF. You can download the entire list, or you can download the age ranges you are most interested in:

You can also purchase a print edition of this list for $15.00 by contacting The Children's Book Committee at 

The second piece of good news is the 50th annual BookFest@Bank Street will be virtually held on October 16, 2021. It costs $35.00 to attend and you can register through Eventbrite HEREThis year Jerry Craft (New Kid, Class Act), who is a great friend to Bank Street, is the keynote speaker. What else is on the BookFest program, you might ask? This is👇🏽
My third piece of news, which you may have already read about in School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, is that the Children's Book Committee has announced "the creation of the Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award for excellence in literature for very young children." The first prize will be awarded in the spring of 2023. This will be for board books published in 2021 and 2022. Picture books adapted to board book form will also be considered. Margaret Wise Brown is known for her wonderful picture books and she had always been closely allied to Bank Street, so we are very excited to have this award named after her. 

The Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award is in addition to the Book Committee's other annual awards - The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction, The Josette Frank Award for Fiction, and the Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry.

I hope you find this news to be as good as I do.

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