April 26, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

NYC’s Bank Street Center to Host Free Kid Lit Panels Ahead of 4th Annual BookFest

Later this month, the Bank Street College of Education’s Center for Children’s Literature (CCL) will begin a series of three free panel discussions moderated by Leonard Marcus, curator of “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” the critically acclaimed exhibition currently on view at the New York Public Library. The series will be followed by the CCL’s 4th annual BookFest @ Bank Street on October 19, featuring the award-winning author Kate DiCamillo as keynote speaker.

Each of CCL’s one-hour programs in the series, known as “Inside the ABC of It,” will feature a panel of experts focusing on key aspects of the kid lit exhibition, and will offer audience members an opportunity to ask questions as well as attend a post-program book signing. The programs are scheduled for September 18, September 24, and October 2. Notably, the final program will examine the kid lit from the writer’s perspective, featuring  acclaimed children’s book authors Robie Harris, Jon Scieszka, and Rebecca Stead.

BookFest, meanwhile, is an event “devoted to the celebration, discovery, and discussion of books for children and teens,” says CCL. It will include authors, illustrators, editors, reviewers, and scholars on panels and breakout sessions focusing on specific genres and topics in children’s literature.

Keynote speaker DiCamillo is author of the forthcoming Flora & Ulysses (September, Candlewick), and the Newbery Medal–winning The Tale of Despereaux (Candlewick). Additional authors and illustrators include NYPL’s Betsy Bird, Grace Lin, Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet, Brian Floca, and Christopher Myers.