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Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Marc Aronson on September 6, 2014

Marc Aronson led a discussion at the library about nonfiction for kids.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Girl Who Heard Colors" by Marie Harris

Jillian is a sensory maven. She loves all her senses: taste, smell, touch, vision and hearing. Read More ›

Alphabet Books: As Easy as ABC

It is never too early to read with your child. In fact, earlier this year the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Early Childhood formally recognized the importance of consistent and early exposure to the printed word. Read More ›

Have You Hugged A Book This Week?

Did you know that September 6 - 14th is Hug-A-Book Week? Well, it is! Here at Battery Park City Library, we're celebrating in style by grabbing our favorite titles and giving them a squeeze. Why don't you try it, too?Read More ›

Booktalking "Wind Dancer" by Chris Platt

Seventh-grader Allison has decided that she is finished with horses. Her best friend Cara has an adorable pony called Dumpling, and she invites Ali to ride her mother's horse any time. Allison declines. The girls become concerned about two Appaloosas on a neighboring farm that are emaciated. Read More ›

Booktalking "Dear Blue Sky" by Mary Sullivan

Sef is at the center of Cassie's family. Everyone adores Sef; he seems to keep the family together, and Cassie loves her early morning runs with him. The world crumbles when he decides to fight in the Iraq War. Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Podcasting on April 19, 2014

I was happy to have Katie Davis, John Sellers and Matthew Winner as podcasters on the latest Children's Literary Salon panel. This event is hosted by Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist at BookOps. Katie Davis is a children's and teen author as well as the host of the podcast "Brain Burps About Books." John Sellers works for Publisher's Weekly, and he hosts the "PW Kids Cast." Matthew Winner is a school librarian, one of the 2013 Library Journal Movers and Shakers, and he hosts the "Let's Get Busy" podcast. Read More ›

Booktalking "The One Left Behind" by Willo Davis Roberts

Mandy was used to doing everything exclusively with her sister; they even dressed alike. She feels as though half of herself, half of her person hood is gone forever. Amanda cannot express her feelings to her family since she thinks that they will not understand. The kids at school do not know what to say to her. Read More ›

Around The World in 80+ Children's Books

Books on this list offer young travelers a great opportunity to explore new cultures through a colorful world of illustrated stories and fairytales. These books will introduce your children to the rich cultural heritage and traditions of your international destinations.Read More ›

Booktalking "Duke" by Kirby Larson

Hobie Hanson's father is fighting in World War II, and now the Dogs for Defense is looking for any German Shepherds that people can possibly spare for the war effort.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Library Dragon" by Carmen Agra Deedy

Sunrise Elementary School had a dragon lady, literally, as its new librarian. The school had never had a dragon in the library before. She considered it her job to guard the books and protect them from sticky fingers. Every book was in its correct place, and she took the liberty of burning any books that she perceived to have anti-dragon sentiment contained within them.Read More ›

Putting a New Spin on STEM

Books for kids and teens that tie into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are all the rage nowadays. Here is a list of books for kids and teens that are related to those subjects but which you’ll find in some unexpected areas of the library -- fiction, graphic novels, and poetry!Read More ›

Pic Pick of The Century: An Homage to Walter Dean Myers

It is with sad news that I write here today, a very short poem of a great writer that has just gone away. A man who's presence is no longer here, But whose words and spirit would remain and never disappear.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Unruly Queen" by E. S. Redmond

Minerva is a child who does not know the meaning of discipline. Her parents are too busy making money to pay too much attention to her, and she is spoiled. She thinks that the butler's job is to give her candy. She makes long-distance calls and rides her pink pony down the hall. She draws with markers on the wall and roller skates indoors.

Unfettered, Minerva rules the roost. She exhausts almost every nanny that comes her way until she meets someone who plays a little bit differently. At first, the little girl is thrilled with the new caretaker; she crowns the child 

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Author interview with Teri Kanefield: Giving a long-forgotten civil rights heroine her day

"...A teenager took control of the situation when adults couldn't..." 

Barbara Rose Johns was a high school student in 1950's Virginia. After complaining about her school's shoddy state - obviously so much worse off than the local white children's school - she had a teacher respond that she should do something about it. So she did. She organized her schoolmates into a band of leaders, tricked the principal out of school, forged his initials on official notes, rallied classmates with speeches at her own secret school assembly, organized a 

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Booktalking "Noodle's Knitting" by Sheryl Webster

The joy of making something out of nothing: a snuggly scarf. The little mouse got so wrapped up in knitting that she forgot about everything else! Even sleep. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Secret Ingredient" by Laura Schaefer

Teenager Annie Green is fascinated by all things baking and tea. She gets hooked with using social networking to promote The Steeping Leaf restaurant and her scone creations.Read More ›

Father's Day Read Alouds

Is your dad a climbing mountain? Is he the captain of family adventures, or the king of bedtime stories? I have it on good authority that my dad is in fact the best dad in the world. If your dad is also the best in the world (and he probably is) celebrate Father's Day by letting him read a story to you. Read More ›

Booktalking "Shiloh Season" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh is a beagle dog that Marty holds dear.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sheep" by Valerie Hobbs

The life of a dog, passed through so many hands in so many homes. A border collie called Blackie, Shep, Spot, Sparky, and Jack in succession by different people.Read More ›
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