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Booktalking "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old August (Auggie) Pullman is about to enter fifth grade in a regular school. Up until this point, he has been home schooled due to a rare facial deformity that has caused him to undergo more surgeries in half a childhood than most people endure in a lifetime.Read More ›

Booktalking "Best Enemies" by Jessica Burkhart

Charm and Sasha are a team, a team that might become a part of the Youth Equestrian National Team (YENT), if Sasha can help Charm conquer his hydrophobia so that they can succeed in the cross-country portion of the eventing trial that they will enter. Dressage, cross-country, and show jumping comprise the sport of equestrian eventing. I do not know if I would try it, but the girls and boys of Canterwood Crest excel at horsemanship.Read More ›

Booktalking "Gee Whiz" by Jane Smiley

Gee Whiz is a grey off-the-track Thoroughbred. He enjoys racing with Blue, and Abby Lovitt is intrigued by him.Read More ›

Booktalking "Founding Mothers" by Cokie Roberts

Unfortunately, there is not much written about the formative female figures in our nation's history. In many cases, women assisted famous male figures, but some also did amazing things sheerly of their own volition.Read More ›

Booktalking "Pie in the Sky" by Jane Smiley

Free jumping horses so that horses see work as a fun game. Teaching a horse to trailer by spoiling a veteran who gets carrots and oats for walking onto the trailer quietly. Dealing with True Blue's fear of the fences and Pie in the Sky's pride. It's a day in the life of ninth grader Abby Lovitt, whose family owns Oak Valley Ranch, a training facility in the 1960s.Read More ›

Celebrating Diverse Children's Books: These Stories Dazzle and Reflect

A list drawing on the work of children's librarians Jeanne Lamb, Elizabeth Bird, and many of their colleagues, who are at the forefront of promoting diverse titles to readers in New York City and beyond, year after year, through NYPL's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.Read More ›

Booktalking "Kaiulani: the People's Princess" by Ellen White

As a royal teenager in Hawaii in 1889, Princess Victoria Kaiulani enjoyed fine foods and gifts. She luxuriated in fine clothes, peacocks, and she enjoyed cantering on her pony, Fairy. She loved to ride when something was bothering her and feel the breeze on her face. All of the servants were attentive to her needs, and she was required to call one when she dropped a pen since it was unbecoming of a princess to stoop. She loved Hawaii.Read More ›

Booktalking "When I Grow Up" by Al Yankovic

It is show-and-tell day in Mrs. Krupp's class, and eight-year-old Billy has a lot to share. The topic of today's project: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"Read More ›

Read All About It! NYPL's Cameo Appearances in Children's Books

With New York City the undisputed heart of children's book publishing, more American children's book authors and illustrators live here than anywhere else in the world. Naturally it then stands to reason that New York Public Library might make the occasional cameo appearance in works for kids. Here then is a fun, if not thoroughly exhaustive, listing of some of the books we've found that may feel a little bit familiar to the kids of the city.Read More ›

Three Books to Catch Toddlers' Eyes

I recommend these exciting books to read to toddlers, they can sing at the top of their lungs, dance around the room, laugh at the silly words, clap hands or just enjoy the bright colorful illustrations. The goal is to be active and have a good time.Read More ›

Booktalking "Samphire Song" by Jill Hucklesby

Visions of rides with her father keep flashing into 14-year-old Jodie’s brain. It’s hard to envision a future without him. That, and the frightening panic attacks that she avoids telling anybody about. Hopefully, no one will notice any difference in her behavior.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Caldecott Celebration" by Leonard Marcus

On the 70th anniversary of the inception of the Caldecott Medal, Leonard Marcus wrote this wonderful edition. Included are seven Caldecott Medal winners, one from each decade that the prize has been given.Read More ›

Booktalking "Double Act" by Jacqueline Wilson

10-year-old identical twins Ruby and Garnet Barker do everything together, and they have lots of fun in the process. Ruby is outgoing and energetic, while Garnet is more reserved and careful in her actions.Read More ›

STEM Comics: Saving Students One Thought Bubble at a Time

If only Manga Math had existed when I struggled through Calculus. The only solace at that time was the introduction of the high tech (for its era) graphing calculator.Read More ›

Make 'Em Laugh: Gut-Busting Picture Books That'll Have 'Em Rolling in the Aisles

Funny is as funny does. What you find hilarious I might find only mildly mirthful. And what a four-year-old thinks is hilarious is incredibly different from what their parent might find droll. That said, there's nothing quite as great as reading a book to a kid and watching them get some real enjoyment out of the text. Read More ›

Booktalking "Fritz and the Beautiful Horses" by Jan Brett

Fritz is a cute, adorable Shetland pony surrounded by elegant jumpers and military and parade horses. He feels a little bit dwarfed. He feels a little bit inadequate. Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Photography on March 1, 2014

Photography has historically been rare in children's books, but it seems to be gaining in popularity. We had an interesting discussion in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building about this topic. Panelists included the following photographers: Nina Crews,

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Booktalking "Pass It Down" by Leonard Marcus

Picture books run in the family... sometimes. This is the story of five families in which the talent for illustration and text has passed through the generations.Read More ›

No Joke: Strange but Real Books We Love

We love these quirky gems—and not just for April Fools' Day.Read More ›

Children's Book List: Spring is in the Air!

Spring officially arrived last week, but the past few days have been chilly and blustery. Hopefully, this year the season will come in like a lion and out like a lamb. Remember, these windy, wet weeks will lead to sunshine. Read More ›
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