Oh, What a Night! The First Biennial Best Spanish Language Picture Book Awards in Spanish

It really was a great night. Thanks Robin for capturing it so well.


Cynthia S. Weill

Director of The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education opening the program festivities. 

On March 10th, I had the privilege of attending the first biennial Best Spanish Language Picture Book Awards in Spanish given by The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education (CBC). The 2020 prizes were given to books that were published or translated in 2018 and 2019, and selected by the CBC’s Spanish Language Affiliate (SLA), Bank Street College faculty and alumni, professors from City University, and by librarians from the New York Public Library. The books were judged on “cultural authenticity, richness of language and illustration, appeal to children as well as other criteria.” (Source: Event Program)


Shael Polakow-Suransky, President of Bank Street College of Education

Shael Polakow-Suransky, President of Bank Street College of Education, emphasized the importance of having high quality Spanish texts for children, noting that…

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GO TELL IT! by Andrea Davis Pinkney

GO TELL IT! by Andrea Davis Pinkney

It’s all about stories. Stories that weave together and connect.

Nerdy Book Club

“Right here, I’m sharing the honest-to-goodness.”— Loretta

“I’m gon’ reach back. Tell how it all went. I’m gon’ speak on it. My way.” — Roly

Folks claim I got more nerve than a bad tooth. But there’s nothing bad about being bold! —Aggie B.


It’s time to pull up a chair. Sit on down. Kick back. And listen.

Welcome to my family’s front porch, where “go-tell-it” stories flow like gold dripping from a honeycomb. Uh-huh, that’s how my people roll. We talk. We “put it straight.” We do not shy-back from any “conversating” that brings light to our family’s legacy of activism, agriculture, and determination.

As a child, it was through this oral tradition that I first learned about being brave and walking through dark times with your head held high. Each of my novels is stitched with threads from family stories. The Red Pencil, Bird in a…

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Roseanne Kurstedt Presents:KARATE KID + A Chance to Win a Copy.

I was honored to be featured on Darlene Beck Jacobson’s blog yesterday. If you missed it. Here it is. Thanks Darlene.

Darlene Beck-Jacobson

Today it is my pleasure to host my friend and fellow Children’s Book Author ROSEANNE KURSTEDT who will share some things about her awesome picture book KARATE KID.

Karate Kid Cover High ResolutionTwo Favorite Experiences through the Process

I have two favorite experiences. The first occurred during the creation of the story. As I was doing research, I wanted guidance from a senesi.  The master I trained with had moved away. I took Tae Kwon Do anyway so not sure how helpful that would have been since this book is about karate­, so I needed to find a Karate sensei. I reached out to a sensei at a local dojo and after briefly speaking on the phone, he agreed to meet. He was very helpful in validating and clarifying the information for me. He was so open and willing to help. He also agreed to host the New Jersey book launch for Karate Kid…

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