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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 ›

Booktalking "Flyaway" by Lucy Christopher

Isla and her father share a love of swans and birds. When he falls ill, Jack, Mum and Isla struggle to cope. He needs a heart valve transplant. At least Isla makes good use of the large amount of time that she must now spend in the hospital ward. Read More ›

Booktalking "A Little Book of Sloth" by Lucy Cooke

Brown, gray, and black sloths. Sloths with raccoon faces, long hair, or short, wiry hair. All of them spend 70% of their time sleeping, which is what gives sloths a reputation for laziness. Their top speed is 15 feet per minute.Read More ›

Kids Author Carnival in NYC: Read. Connect. Party.

With the release of the upcoming YA novel-turned-film The Fault in Our Stars, there's a current trend in the public media to see young adult literature as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Here in New York City, we've always had a longstanding love of books for teenagers. Each year the Teen Author Carnival brings together some of the brightest authors for wonderful discussions and great books. But what about kid readers? Don't they deserve some attention as well?Read More ›

Booktalking "Disabled Dogs" by Meish Goldish

These dogs are amazing, they are able to lead full and productive lives, and many of them help people who have similar disabilities.Read More ›

Fins, Wings, and Tails: The Best Pet Books for Kids

For kids, pets offer a unique opportunity to learn the joys and challenges of caring for another living being. NYPL has a pet book for every first time — or potential — pet owner.Read More ›

You Go Girl: The Fun and Fearless Female Characters of Children's Fiction

They fight dragons. They tame forests. They read grownup books. They're the spunky heroines that make the world of children's stories exciting.Read More ›

Booktalking "Call the Horse Lucky" by Juanita Havill

Mel sees a sad, fly-infested, emaciated pinto horse in a muck-filled paddock surrounded by barbed wire. Concerned, she rushes to inform Gramma of the horse's plight.Read More ›

Booktalking "Over in Australia" by Marianne Berkes

"Over in Australia" is a charming, poetic song that teaches kids about counting and Australian animals. Read More ›

Booktalking "Ready to Wear" by Chloe Taylor

Zoey and her friends Priti and Kate are beyond thrilled when their middle school abolishes school uniforms. Guess that petition Zoey started last spring and the new principal had a hand in that. Fashion freedom at last! This will open up new horizons to Zoey in the clothing department.Read More ›
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