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2018 Bank Street Book Awards Winners

The Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education has announced The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018 Edition, and among the winners are 15 titles by our MFAC faculty members and alumni. The 2018 edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2017.

The Children’s Book Committee is an affiliate of the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature. In choosing books for the annual list, committee members consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.

Check out the titles from our MFAC faculty and alumni in each age category below:


Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root (Faculty)
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas


Raisin, the Littlest Cow by Miriam Busch (MFAC ‘14)
Illustrated by Larry Day

Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder (Faculty)
Illustrated by Emily Hughes

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert (MFAC ‘09)
Illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Faculty) and June Jo Lee
Illustrated by Man One

John Deere, That’s Who by Tracy Nelson Maurer (MFAC ‘09)
Illustrated by Tim Zeltner


Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (Faculty)

The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O’Reilly (MFAC ‘09)

Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger (MFAC ‘09)
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Superstar by Mandy Davis (MFAC ‘11)

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer (MFAC ‘09)
Illustrated by Mircea Catusanu


Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh (MFAC ‘17)

York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (Faculty)


Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (Faculty)

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Faculty)

Click here to see the full list of winners.

You can purchase a print copy of the 2018 Edition for your collection by emailing bookcom@bankstreet.edu to place your order.

We are so happy and proud to see our faculty and alumni honored for their wonderful books. Congratulations to all!