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Booktalking "A Caldecott Celebration" by Leonard Marcus

On the 70th anniversary of the inception of the Caldecott Medal, Leonard Marcus wrote this wonderful edition. Included are seven Caldecott Medal winners, one from each decade that the prize has been given.Read More ›

Booktalking "Double Act" by Jacqueline Wilson

10-year-old identical twins Ruby and Garnet Barker do everything together, and they have lots of fun in the process. Ruby is outgoing and energetic, while Garnet is more reserved and careful in her actions.Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival: March 2014

We were lucky to have the 6th annual Teen Author Festival at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in March again this year. Author David Levithan has been hosting this informative gathering of teen authors, teens, librarians and teachers alike in different locations in the NYC area.Read More ›

Booktalking "Rein It In: An A Circuit Novel" by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

A Circuit—one of the most competitive horse show circuits available. Teenagers who are both horse crazy and relationship crazy, sneaking quick kisses and dating in between all of the preparation for horse shows and competition. Read More ›

Booktalking "Higher Education?" by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus

All of the talk these days is about the rising cost of tertiary education. Is it really necessary for so many people to go to college? Ever wonder why exactly college costs are so astronomically high?Read More ›

Booktalking "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino busted a summer party by calling the cops, and now she is starting high school. Apparently, her classmates are never going to let her forget it.Read More ›

Booktalking "Fritz and the Beautiful Horses" by Jan Brett

Fritz is a cute, adorable Shetland pony surrounded by elegant jumpers and military and parade horses. He feels a little bit dwarfed. He feels a little bit inadequate. Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Photography on March 1, 2014

Photography has historically been rare in children's books, but it seems to be gaining in popularity. We had an interesting discussion in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building about this topic. Panelists included the following photographers: Nina Crews,

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Booktalking "Astra" by Chris Platt

Astra is an Arabian mare whom 13-year-old Lily is in love with. Only problem is that this mare was involved in the accident that caused her mother's death. Lily's father says no riding, and he is particularly wary of Astra. Luckily, though, he allows her to volunteer at neighboring Whispering Pines Ranch, where Astra lives, along with the other endurance racers. Lily finds it quite exciting to feed the horses and await their return from their long workouts.Read More ›

Booktalking "Pass It Down" by Leonard Marcus

Picture books run in the family... sometimes. This is the story of five families in which the talent for illustration and text has passed through the generations.Read More ›

Booktalking "Recycle This Book" edited by Dan Gutman

Read this book to find tips from your favorite children's authors on how to be more environmentally friendly.Read More ›

Booktalking "Neela: Victory Song" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Twelve-year-old Neela lives in Bengal, India in 1939. Freedom fighters are spreading across the country in protest of British rule. Neela's father wants to join them, and Neela becomes interested in the movement.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Doll Shop Downstairs" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Anna and her sisters Sophie and Trudie cannot afford to buy dolls. However, they make do by playing with the dolls in their parents' shop that await repair.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Cats in the Doll Shop" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Anna, her older sister Sophie and her younger sister Trudie have at least two things in common: their love of dolls and cats.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Doll With the Yellow Star" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Claudine carefully sews a yellow star of David on the inside of her doll Violette's coat so that the doll can show the star when she pleases and have some control over the ignominy.Read More ›

Booktalking "Kathleen: the Celtic Knot" by Siobhan Parkinson

Kathleen did not do well academically, but she showed a raw talent for Irish dancing. Luckily, dance teacher Mrs. Maguire gave her free dancing lessons for a semester.Read More ›

Booktalking "W is for Wombat" by Bronwyn Bancroft

Learning the alphabet Australian Aboriginal style... What could be better? Especially for people who are lucky enough to have visited that fantastical, majestic, fun-loving land.Read More ›

Booktalking "Animalogy: Animal Analogies" by Marianne Berkes

Ants are tiny, and hippos are big. There is much dichotomy in the animal world, and this book helps kids learn about the differences between animals and the great variety that exists in nature.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown

This is a story about a city without any greenery who is saved by a little boy, Liam. The city seems dreary without flowers and plants, so Liam implements a solution. He saves a bit of grass and plants by watering it on a building's rooftop. Soon it expands, and he is able to trim the shrubs that grow into animal shapes.Read More ›

Booktalking "Children Make Terrible Pets" by Peter Brown

A bear in a tutu tries to have a pet boy she named Squeaker, and all mayhem breaks loose.Read More ›
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