This week, Bank Street College of Education holds its inaugural awards for Spanish-language picture books; Margaret Finnegan celebrates neurodiversity; the Paper Bag Princess gets her own day; and Sue Macy makes an appearance at her local television station.


On March 10, Bank Street College of Education hosted the ceremony for its first biennial Best Spanish Language Picture Book Awards. The 2020 Gold Medal went to Mi Papi Tiene una Moto/My Papi Has a Motorcycle (Kokila) by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña, translated by Andrea Montejo. Here, author-illustrator Yuyi Morales (Soñadores/Dreamers, Holiday House) pays homage to the award-winning books.

Hometown Heroine

Margaret Finnegan (We Could Be Heroes, Atheneum) stopped by the Frostig School in Pasadena, Calif., for a March 3 panel on media representation of youths with special needs. For more than 60 years, the Frostig School has been teaching children with learning disabilities; Finnegan’s daughter attended the school and graduated in 2016. The event was a celebration of neurodiversity in the community. San Gabriel florist Frida Pickles, which trains and hires employees with special needs, provided the flowers, and Mykies Bakery, a Hawthorne bakery and coffee shop with a similar mission, provided the cupcakes. Pictured here (from l.): Jackie Sloan, director of the Children’s Ranch, an equine therapy ranch; student Caroline Corry; Margaret Finnegan; school director Dean Conklin; and transition director Jennifer Quirina.

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Paper Bag Princess Day

On March 7, Annick Press launched Paper Bag Princess Day to commemorate 40 years in print for the Robert Munsch classic picture book. Bookstores, libraries, and classrooms hosted Paper Bag Princess Day parties and assembled displays for the occasion. Here, Sherlock standees are dressed appropriately at Whodunit? Bookstore in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

A Big Break for Breaking Through

Sue Macy recently stopped by WPHL-TV’s In Focus in Philadelphia to kick off Women’s History Month and discuss her book Breaking Though: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties (National Geographic). Pictured on-set, Macy (l.) poses with In Focus host Jennifer Lewis-Hall.