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Booktalking "Meet the Dancers" by Amy Nathan

Want to "get in the groove" and discover what it takes to be a pro dancer? Read More ›

Booktalking "The Boy on the Wooden Box" by Leon Leyson

Oskar Schindler was an extraordinary character; he saved Leon Leyson (formerly known as Leib Lejzon), his family, and over a thousand Jews from near certain death in the concentration camps, not once, but several times over. Luckily for Leon, Schindler took a particular interest in the boy, and he was afforded privileges not given to others, such as the opportunity to work a 12-hour day shift, rather than the night shift. Unlike other Nazis, Schindler treated his factory workers with a certain humanity, and he remembered their names, despite the risk of severe punishment from other Nazis 

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From the Shelves at NYPL: Barbara Byrne-Goldie

Senior Children's Librarian, Barbara Byrn-Goldie, is a life-long New Yorker and it shows. Her energy and enthusiasm telegraph the warm welcome anyone will receive when they visit the New Dorp Branch of the New York Public Library in Staten Island. Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Censorship on February 1, 2014

Recap of discussion forum on challenges to and censorship of children's books.Read More ›

Booktalking "William's Doll" by Charlotte Zolotow

William wanted a doll for simple reasons: to hug, take care of, and bring to the park. The males in his life had other ideas.Read More ›

Booktalking "Battle Bunny" by Jon Sciezka and Mac Barnett

Will Alex defeat Battle Bunny and friends and emerge victorious? Read More ›

Booktalking "The Old Woman Who Loved to Read" by John Winch

There was an old woman who did not like the hustle and bustle of the city. She decided to move to the country for some peace and quiet so that she could find more time to read. This book features intricate illustrations of Australian animals.Read More ›

Skating Dreams: Twelve Kinds of Ice

Every winter when Bryant Park opens its skating rink and I see people walking into the Children's Center with skates hung over their shoulders I am taken back to the time I spent on the ice as a child.Read More ›

Remembering Pete Seeger: Friend of the Children

We all remember Pete Seeger for his courage and his music (equally by turns). What some of us may not know, or may have forgotten, was how prolific the man was in the realm of children's books and media. Introduce him to your kids—now has never been a better time. Here's a little list to get you started.Read More ›

Booktalking "Billy Creekmore" by Tracey Porter

In 1905, 10-year-old Billy Creekmore is being raised at the Guardian Angels Home for Boys, where he is beaten by Mr. Beadle and made to work long hours with little food. One beacon of light in this drudgery is Peggy, who does her best to help him experience some joy. The other boys add some mirth to his life as well.Read More ›

Reality Rules! 2014 Nonfiction Award Winners - Youth Media Awards

The Youth Media Awards were just announced during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. Two of the award specifically honor nonfiction - the Sibert Medal and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.Read More ›

Booktalking "Spring Pearl: the Last Flower" by Laurence Yep

Twelve-year-old Chou Spring Pearl moves to the ritzy Sung mansion when her scholar parents die in Canton in 1857.Read More ›

This Just In! The Award Winning Jewish Children's Books of 2013

Within the span of a single week two of the top Jewish book awards giving credit to great works of Jewish children's literature posted their latest winners. Here are some of the titles they awarded.Read More ›

The Great Multicultural Children's Books of 2013 You Might Have Missed

The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (CSMCL) recently chose the Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2013. So be sure to add some of these titles to your children's reading lists pronto!Read More ›

Booktalking "Vampirina Ballerina" by Anne Marie Pace

Vampirina Ballerina loves dancing, and she does so adorned with a black leotard and black ballet shoes. She also has a black cat and a bat as pets, which are not welcome at ballet class. Plié, relevé... all of the steps that she must learn are daunting, and Vampirina attempts to not trip over her own feet in the process. However, practicing with mummies, vampires and monsters in the Haunted Mansion will definitely improve her skills.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Thing About Luck" by Cynthia Kadohata

Twelve-year-old Summer learns much about the farming process and the wheat crop from working on combine farms with her family. Thunder is a 95-pound Doberman pincher who is her constant companion. He follows her everywhere, and he is always pleasant and willing to pour love into her heart.Read More ›

5 Tips for Parents of That Precocious Reader

Librarians are frequently asked to recommend titles for that precocious kid who can read well above their grade level. You do not have to start checking out books from the Adult collections, there are plenty of books to be found on the shelves in the Children's Room at your library. Here are a few tips for helping your reader along the way—no matter how eclectic their tastes.Read More ›

Picture Books That Will Never Win Awards

Every year the American Library Association bestows the Caldecott Medal upon the most distinguished American picture books of the year. So what happens to all those picture books that were written overseas, were translated from other countries, and that remain brilliant but unrewarded?

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Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Common Core on January 4, 2014

Marcie Colleen, Picture Book Education Consultant, Amie Wright, Selection Supervisor, MyLibraryNYC, and Daryl Grabarek, editor of School Library Journal's (SLJ) enewsletter, Curriculum Connections joined host Betsy Bird to discuss how teachers, students and parents are grappling with the new standards. I was interested to discover that New York City's new schools chancellor, Carmen Farina, endorses Common Core standards.

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Booktalking "Mahjong All Day Long" by Ginnie Lo

Everyone loves mahjong, a Chinese tile matching game. When you play mahjong, you can hear the clicking of the tiles.

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