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Up Your Kid-Lit Game

Everyone knows Goodnight Moon and Blueberries for Sal, but there’s a world of undiscovered children’s books just waiting for a new audience. This week, NYPL staff recommend pairs of children’s books: a classic plus a newer release, for adults ready to move beyond their own beloved childhood stories.Read More ›

Booktalking "All Four Stars" by Tara Dairman

Gladys Gatsby is a sixth-grade chef-in-training. A bona fide foodie, she loves everything pertaining to food. Read More ›

Booktalking "Return to Sender" by Julia Alvarez

12-year-old Tyler is enjoying life at his Vermont farm, and all seems well. Then, his family hires illegal immigrant Mexican workers. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Paul Czajak

Don't miss Paul Czajak, author of the Monster & Me series, at KidsLIVE! Author Talk May 21 at the Battery Park City Library. Paul will be signing copies of two of his beautiful picture books, Seaver the Weaver and Monster Needs a Party. The first forty children in line will receive a free copy of one of the books!Read More ›

Un-fair-y Tales: Mixed-Up and Irreverent Stories

Many children today are only familiar with the neat and tidy endings to ooey-gooey, sunshine stories. While these types of stories most certainly have their place in childhood, isn't it much more interesting when something unexpected, dark, or silly happens instead?Read More ›

Booktalking "Vincent's Colors" by Vincent Van Gogh

yellow sky and sun / blue and white jug / grey-green trees and pink sky / yellow buttercups...Read More ›

Booktalking "Black Gold" by Marguerite Henry

U-see-it is small, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in heart.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman author of The Tribe Book 1: Homeroom Headhunters is coming to KidsLIVE! May 13 at the Stapleton Library. We asked him a few questions about himself as a reader. Read More ›

Booktalking "Stable" by Ted Lewin

The barn on Caton Place was built in 1930. They provide riding lessons, pony rides, parties, and carriages for special events. Gallop, a therapeutic riding program, helps people with disabilities improve their lives through contact with equines.Read More ›

Book Review: Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Make Lemonade, by National Book Award winning author Virginia Euwer Wolff, is a realistic fiction book about making sweet “lemonade” with bitter lemons. Read More ›

Growing Up Chinese-American: Books for Young Readers

When I was growing up in the ’70s there was very little in the way of books that reflected who I was—a first generation Chinese-American girl living in New York City. I read everything I could get my hands on, but I could never see myself in the books from school or in the library.Read More ›

Our Favorite New York Stories for Kids and Teens

The staff at New York Public Library love their city. Here are some books for young children, middle graders, and teens they feel deliver all the charm, mystique, and humanity that makes this place great.Read More ›

Children's Book Week is May 4-10, 2015!

At a recent Children's Literary Salon, Children's Book Council Communications Director, Nicole Deming, gave a presentation about the history and present day of Children's Book Week.Read More ›

Books to Read Before Kindergarten

We asked our Children’s Librarians to select three books every child should know about before kindergarten. Here are their picks.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Danette Vigilante

Danette is the author of The Trouble With Half a Moon, a 2012-2013 Sunshine State Young Readers award nominee and Saving Baby Doe, a 2014 pick for the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list. We were given the opportunity to ask Danette a few questions; here is what we found out!Read More ›

Booktalking "Goal!" by Mina Javaherbin

Ajani and friends play football in South Africa... after he has finished his homework and gotten water from the well.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Judaism

The event was hosted by Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist, and it featured Marjorie Ingall from Tablet Magazine, Joanna Sussman from Kar-Ben Publishing, and Barbara Krasner from the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.Read More ›

Booktalking "Dear Wandering Wildebeest" by Irene Latham

African animals grace the pages of this thoughtfully illustrated book.Read More ›

Hug Machine Comes to KidsLIVE! Author Series

Don't miss Scott Campbell in the KidsLIVE! author series. He will read from his new book Hug Machine at the Bloomingdale Library on April 28. We asked him a few questions about reading.Read More ›

For the Love of Poetry

I always tell kids that it is okay if they are not fans of a certain genre or literary form as there is something in the library for everyone. You never know when you will find something, like a silly poem about boogers, that will tickle your funny bone and get you excited about reading. Read More ›
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