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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 ›

Booktalking "Gluten-Free Birthday for Me!" by Sue Fliess

Have to celebrate special occasions and birthdays with food intolerances? No problem. Gluten-free birthday cake is the answer to this dilemma! Rice and corn are often used in place of wheat flour in baking, but it can be rather dense if not treated carefully. The girl in this story solved the problem by baking a cake with her mother.

Piñatas, relay races, painted faces, removable tattoos, and even cake that gluten-free folks can eat. Sounds like a fabulous kids' birthday party to me! No one has to feel left out. Presents, party favors, and everyone goes 

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Booktalking "Zebra Forest" by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Eleven-year-old Annie, 9-year-old "Rew" (Andrew) and Gran reside together in a country house adjacent to the Zebra Forest. That is, white birch trees interspersed with darkness makes the trees reminiscent of a zebra's stripes. Annie and Rew love the Zebra. They also adore acting out Treasure Island and enjoying other books. Read More ›

Summer Reading Kickoff 2015: Superheroes!

I was excited to attend the system-wide summer reading kickoff on June 4, 2015 at the Mott Haven Library. Many staff members, parents and kids, NYPL president Tony Marx, City Council Member Andy King, graphic novelist Nathan Hale and the Mott Haven library staff turned out for this event. Read More ›

Booktalking "Millions of Cats" by Wanda Ga'g

An old man and a woman live in a beautiful house in the countryside, but they are lonely without any other people or animals about. Enter cats. Millions of cats. Read More ›

Tiny Heroes: Beyond Ant-Man

Whether you are familiar with the storyline of Hank Pym and his notorious Pym Particles, you’ve probably come across some rather smaller than average characters in your life. Here are just some you may or may not have heard of that are worth checking out.Read More ›

Dorks, Yoga, and Creepy Vacations: New Summer Picks for 8-to-12 Year Olds

Summertime is reading time—and that means the release of eagerly anticipated new installments in beloved series, plus some first-time authors with original offerings.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sugar Hill" by Carole Boston Weatherford

Sugar Hill is at the heart of Harlem, New York, the mecca of African American art and culture. Read More ›

Booktalking "My Dad Thinks He's Funny" by Katrina Germein

The lame jokes, the corny repertoire. None of it is funny, yet you are supposed to laugh. We've all been there with our parents.Read More ›

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 ›
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