Daily Archives: October 21, 2018

Bank Street College’s Book Fest 2018

Yesterday was the annual Bookfest at the Bank Street College of Education. It was, as always, inspiring and exciting. Congratulations to Cynthia Weill and all of those who work so hard to make it happen.

My part was to lead a discussion group on Heroic Activists. It was terrific — the participants had such insightful comments to make about all the books. Here are my blurb and the list of books we discussed:

Let’s sustain ourselves in this challenging time by exploring the work of some passionate children’s book creators who are breaking the mold with original writing, vibrant art, and out-of-the-box design when telling stories of courageous boundary-breaking, resistance, and activism.

Group Leader: Monica Edinger – educator, reviewer, writer.

Discussion Titles:

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

Granddad Mandela by Zazi Ziwelene & Zindzi Mandela, illustrated by Sean Qualls

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine, illustrated by Charly Palmer

Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

And guess what? The whole event was streamed live by Kidlit TV and you can see it below. (Looks like you need to click on the bar at the bottom a bit in to get it going. Hope that makes sense!) Under the video is the program so you know what to expect. All of it was outstanding!

9:35 – 10:25 AM
Collaborative Couples in Kid Lit

  • Candace Fleming and Eric Rohman, Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen
  • Pete Parnell and Justin Richardson, And Tango Makes Three
  • Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Moderator: Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal


10:25 – 11:15 AM
Authors/Illustrators: School Visits and Their Impact on Practice

  • Adam Gidwitz, The Unicorn Rescue Society series
  • Rita Williams Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
  • Kat Yeh, The Way to BEA
  • Stephen Savage, Jack B. Ninja

Moderator: Emma Otheguy, PhD, Children’s Book Author


11:15 – 11:25 AM
Break


11:25 – 11:45 AM
Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection Supporting Literacy in the Library

  • Lisa Von Drasek, Curator, Kerlan Collection, University of Minnesota

11:45 – 12:45 PM
Book Discussion Sessions


12:45 – 1:45 PM
Pick up lunch, dine in the cafeteria or lobby
Lunchtime autographing session in the lobby


1:45 – 2:35 PM
Bringing the Real World to Life! Illustration in Informational Books

  • Maira Kalman, Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
  • John Parra, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
  • Roxie Munro, Rodent Rascals
  • Melissa Sweet, Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White
  • Zeke Peña, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Moderator: Gillian Engberg, Children’s Literature Consultant


2:35 – 3:05 PM
Closing Keynote

  • Adam Gidwitz, The Unicorn Rescue Society series

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