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Pride! Book Suggestions for Teens

Let's keep the momentum of NYC's 2012 Gay Pride Parade going with a list of LGBTQ-themed books for young adults. New and old, NYPL has titles your teens are going to love, if they don't already. Please feel free to add recommendations or additions in the comments.

The Difference Between You and Me has it all — secret love affairs, radical politics and a great ending! 

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Baseball Books for Kids

Whether you're a loyal fan of the Bronx Bombers or believing in the Amazin' Mets, New York is a great place for baseball. With the season well underway, and a second Subway Series around the corner, now is the time to get your kids in the spirit. Check out these NYPL books on America's favorite pastime!

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of An Amazing All-brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick. Travel back 

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Nature Poems for Poetry Month

In New York City, there is a lot to celebrate during the month of April, National Poetry Month. It feels like poems fill the air as the weather warms, flowers bloom, animals come out of hiding, and, of course, Earth Day arrives!  No worries if you missed it yesterday, this post will help you and your children celebrate our Earth (and her fantastic creatures!) with a few recommendations from NYPL's vast collection of poetry for young people. 

Outside Your Window: A First Book of 

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Who's that Girl? Books for Kids About Notable Women

One of the reasons we honor Women's History Month is to celebrate the women whose accomplishments history may have overlooked. Below you'll find recommendations for books in our collections about some of these women and their contributions to society. Additions are always welcome!

We may know a thing or two about Marie Curie's interest in radium or Rachel Carson's disdain for DDT, but did you know that for the 

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New York Then and Now: Social Studies Resources for Upper Elementary Students

We hope to get you and your students in a New York state of mind with these non-fiction resources about the Big Apple! There are so many great books on this topic, so please feel free to add to this list as you see fit. Feedback is greatly appreciated!

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Interested in New York current events? Search this database for full text articles from New York State newspapers. Need to spruce up your NYC history lessons with some historical photos? Search NYPL's

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Science Resources for the Fourth Grade Classroom: Animals and Plants in their Environments

NYPL has many great resources for budding zoologists, environmentalists, veterinarians, and students who are just plain curious! This list has been compiled to help students understand how animals act in their natural environments. These beautiful, information-rich recommendations are sure to enthrall your students — get ready to explore some of the wonders of the animal kingdom! Feedback is greatly appreciated. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions below!

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Social Studies Resources for the 4th Grade Classroom: Colonial and Revolutionary Periods

With Thanksgiving a few days away, many of us are getting ready to enjoy the wonderful foods of our harvest, spend time with loved ones and reflect on the things for which we are thankful. We know that teachers are also busy creating social studies lessons about the significance of this holiday, especially the contributions of the different groups living in and travelling to the "New World" in the 1600-1700s.  This list of resources was compiled to help teachers and students learn, from a variety of perspectives, how the United States was 

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Social Studies Resources for the Second Grade Classroom: Our Community's Geography

Hope your school year is off to a great start! Below, you'll find a list of resources which offer background information in a variety of formats about the geography, history, and culture of New York City. We hope these highlights get your second graders thinking about their community, New York City, and maybe even a bit beyond. Feedback is greatly appreciated. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions below!

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There are so many places to visit during a unit on geography! For international exploration, try

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Science Resources for the Second Grade Classroom: Earth Materials

Dazzling minerals and talking worms are only some of what's in store on this "rockin" book list! Get your second graders ready to learn all about what our world is made of. Below, you'll find great resources on dirt, sand, rocks, and other earthly materials. Feedback is greatly appreciated — please leave comments and suggestions below!

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Steve Tomecek’s Rocks and Minerals is a rock-solid read aloud. Lots of student-friendly illustrations 

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Social Studies Resources for Third Grade Classrooms: Africa

Hope your school year is off to a great start! Below, you'll find a list of resources which offer background information in a variety of formats about the continent of Africa. NYPL has many wonderful materials on specific communities and countries within Africa — way too many to list here. We hope these highlights are helpful and inspire further exploration. Feedback is greatly appreciated. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions below!

Atlas of Africa (part of 

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