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Blog Posts by Subject: Children's Literature

Never Bored: Great Books for Tweens

"I'm bored!" is a dreaded phrase for most parents. I prefer to view such a situation as an opportunity. Precocious tween readers often have difficulty finding books that are challenging and appealing at the same time, so here are some suggestions.Read More ›

Booktalking "Dogtag Summer" by Elizabeth Partridge

Her Vietnamese name sounds like the call of shorebirds, but they call her Tracy in America.Read More ›

Building Young Brains

Yet more scientific evidence has emerged that—shocker!—reading books is good for young children. So, the question isn’t WHETHER to read to kids, it’s WHAT to read.Read More ›

What Would Amanda Palmer Read?

Amanda Palmer—author, performance artist, and fabulous supporter of the New York Public Library—devoted some serious time and patience to help promote children's literacy on August 20.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Worst Princess" by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie

Princess Sue has done all of the right things. She grew her braids long. She waited patiently and looked hopefully out the tower window for her prince.Read More ›

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Wordless Picture Books

Many parents feel intimidated when they first encounter a wordless picture book. Then the possibilities set in: the child can make up the story, the story can change from reading to reading. Not to mention, the art in these wordless books is stunning.Read More ›

Jerome Park Library: Interacting with Kids and the Community

Last weekend, Jerome Park Library set up a table at the Lehman College Kids Rule Weekend. It was a fun-filled day of pony rides, train rides, face painting, a bounce house, performances, and other activities.Read More ›

Middle Grade Mysteries

Who better to go undetected than a seemingly innocent middle grader. If you have a budding sleuth at home (hint—she probably loves Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated) here are some titles to hone her skills. Read More ›

Imagination Academy 2015: Week Three

This week we had C. Alexander London, Laurie Calkhoven, and Geoff Rodkey visit us at Imagination Academy.Read More ›

Children's Books Set in Libraries

For many children, libraries are among their first social places. A place where the furniture is their size, where they can be among their peers, and follow their curiosity. Here are a few children's books set in libraries. If you have a library kid, these titles will make them feel right at home. Read More ›

New-to-Us Dr. Seuss Books

We realized we didn’t need a new release to discover some new-to-us titles in the Seussian oeuvreRead More ›

Imagination Academy 2015: Week 2

Vicki Cobb started off week two with a fun-filled afternoon of science experiments, Julie Salamon brought her experience as a writer on Wednesday and Lauren Magaziner made Thursday a day filled with inspiration.Read More ›

My Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes

I love all books by Dr. Seuss. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: Read More ›

An Ode to New Children's Poetry

Roses are red / violets are blue / Here's some new poetry for kids / That adults might like too.Read More ›

Imagination Academy Returns to 67th Street Library

We are thrilled to bring Imagination Academy back to the 67th Street Library! This year, our two wonderful high school interns/aspiring authors, Emily Imbarrato and Rosie Shewnarain, will be summarizing the events.Read More ›

Booktalking "Audition and Subtraction" by Amy Fellner Dominy

Tay-Lo. That's how Tatus and Lori's friends have referred to them for the longest time. They always seem to be together.Read More ›

If You Like Mo Willems...

We love Mo Willems for so many reasons: 1.) He is silly 2.) His books are character driven 3.) He uses art to make his characters expressive, 4.) His books beg the reader to participate in the storytelling, and 5.) He focuses on issues we grapple with (still!) as adults.Read More ›

Booktalking "Wanderville" by Wendy McClure

Driving a wagon with runaway horses, freedom from child labor, pining for parents to take care of them, and letting their imaginations run wild. The kids in this story have a bunch of fun…on their own.Read More ›

Love (& Reading) Make a Family

Readers of every age can celebrate PrideFest with new picture books (plus new editions of two honored classics) for LGBTQ families to read together.Read More ›

Booktalking "Guitar Notes" by Mary Amato

Lyla and Tripp share a guitar room, but only one person is allowed in the room at a time. Two would be a scandal. So, Lyla uses the room on even days and is "Ms. Even;" Tripp is known as "Mr. Odd."Read More ›
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