Happy Holidays! What Are You Reading?

Bank Streeters share their favorite book recommendations for children, teachers, and readers of all kinds!
(At right, Archivist Lindsey Wyckoff’s selection)
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At the start of December, Children’s Librarian Lisa Von Drasek dropped off a welcome gift into the inboxes of all Bank Street staff members. It was her 4th annual list of Books to Give Kids You Don’t Know Very Well.
Lisa, who cataloged her selections over a series of tremendously helpful blog posts at EarlyWord.com, has no trouble pointing parents in the right direction:

This is the time of year when we’re asked to recommend titles for that 4-year-old niece who is dying to learn to read (Mo Willems, Elephant and Piggie books, Disney/Hyperion), chapter books for that five-year-old emerging reader who lives in another state (Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick), the young adult cousin who can’t wait for the Hunger Games movie, (Divergent by Veronica Roth, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan; Legend by Marie Lu, Penguin/Putnam; or Variant by Robinson Wells, HarperTeen).

 But Lisa isn’t the only one on campus with books to recommend.
Resident tech expert Jeannie Crowley has one eBook in mind, Hiding Hannah. “It’s interactive and fun to use with a preschooler,” says Crowley, who works with Bank Street faculty to integrate technology into the classroom. “Hannah hides items in a different place when you read through it again, so the book has unexpected elements each time you use it. And it’s intended to be read together, adult and child.”  Say hello to her daughter Maggie as Jeannie talks about the use of

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