Bank Street Bookstore for Children’s Books

Logo for Bank Street BookstoreThe Bank Street Bookstore for Children’s Books at the Bank Street College of Education has an extensive collection of hand-selected quality books and games for sale. When you are looking for research material, just want to read a good book, or need a gift for a child or an adult, this is the place. Many cities do not have independent children’s bookstores and the selections at other bookstores or large retail stores tend to be quick sale books or those that are related to TV programs or movies.

What makes the Bank Street Bookstore website really special is the wonderful list of 125+ subjects in the left side menu. Unless you have a book in  mind, browsing a website can be a daunting experience. If you are looking for examples in a subject area on which you are writing, this is a fast and easy way to find examples.

With no ideas or looking for ideas, you can quickly find a range of topics such as:

  • Autographed Books, New and Notable, Gifts for Grownups, Gift Cards
  • By age group, Board Books, Toddlers & Threes, Picture Books, Novels for ages 8-10, 10-12, etc.
  • Activity Books
  • Adoption
  • African American Characters
  • The Arctic
  • Armchair Detective
  • Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Biographies
  • Birds
  • Bread
  • Butterflies
  • Chapter Book Series
  • Clouds
  • Gardening
  • Holidays
  • Math Stories
  • New Sibling
  • Ocean
  • Peace and Tolerance
  • Teasing and Bullying
  • Travel Games and Adventures
  • Writing


Broadway and 112th Street (southwest corner)
New York, New York 10025

Online: Bank Street Bookstore Website

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About Bank Street College of Education

Bank Street is a private graduate school offering master’s degree programs in education. It was founded in 1916 on Bank Street in Greenwich Village by Lucy Sprague Mitchell as the Bureau of Educational Experiments. The initial focus was on the study of child development and education. In 1918 it opened a nursery school which is now the School for Children. Bank Street began to train teachers, eventually becoming the Bank Street College of Education. In the 1960s, the Bank Street faculty played an important role in creating the federal Head Start program.

By the 1970s the college had outgrown its location and moved uptown to Broadway and 112th Street.

Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3: A Read-Aloud Guide

One reason to blog about books is to tell people about them. Another is so I won’t forget them myself. This one is both. It is a reference book for school librarians which means if you work with kids or read to kids a lot this is where you look up ideas about what to read and why. Reference also means it’s 900+ pages and heavy.

Contains everything about reading to kids: how and why to read, the awards for best books, why books fail, when to go fiction or nonfiction, the art of storytelling, and a huge long annotated list of books for kids. Annotations include book details, plot description and its relation to similar books, suggestions called “germs”, lists of related titles (If you liked this you will like…), and subjects (called tags if you are under a certain age). Perhaps best of all, tons of indexes.

I think indexes are the number one most important feature of a non-fiction book. I look for an index before I look for a bibliography. You can fake a bibliography. Fake an index and you are in trouble. No index, no can find what I thought I had found there. Meaning no quotes from that text.

What I want to remember about this book is that it exists — I’m not a librarian so my out-of-sight out-of-mind temperament will dominate if I don’t have this in my list of blog titles. If I were doing kids book every day or even every week, I would have this on my shelf. Too well-done and too comprehensive to pass up. Buy it if you are just starting out with babies in the house, already have a bunch you don’t know what to do with, have a lot of gifts to buy, want to show everyone you are an expert on their kids, or just like reference books.

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Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3: A Read Aloud Guide by Judy Freeman
Children’s and Young Adult Literature Reference Series; Catherine Barr, Series Editor
Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. Greenwood Publishing Group