New York, NY, September 13, 2017—On October 28th, Bank Street College of Education will host BookFest @ Bank Street, an annual event devoted to the celebration, discovery, and discussion of books for children and teens. This year, guests will hear from a number of renowned authors, illustrators, editors, reviewers, and scholars from the children’s literature community in a series of panel discussions, thought-provoking presentations, and interactive small group book discussions. The event, which is intended for adults, will take a closer look at the unique and often award-winning approaches of some of the most celebrated names in children’s literature. Notable panelists will include six time Caldecott winner David Wiesner, author of Flotsam and Tuesday; Newbery medalist Rita Williams Garcia, author of Gone Crazy in Alabama; and Coretta Scott King winner, Carole Boston Weatherford. Children’s literature scholar Leonard Marcus will deliver a lecture on “Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books,” and the day will culminate in a
special keynote presentation by Carmen Agra Deedy, author of The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!.
Book discussion groups will center on topics in early childhood and adolescent categories such as middle grade and young adult titles, information books and graphic novels, and bilingual picture books, among others. Local children’s literature experts, reviewers, and teachers will lead the sessions. Attendees will be assigned to read the book that corresponds to their group prior to the event to prepare for deep discussion. Books by authors and artists will be available for purchase from the Bank Street Bookstore at the event.
The event, which has sold out in each of the past seven years, has limited seating for media who wish to attend. For a complete list of panels and moderators, please visit