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Battery Park City Tween Book Club: 2013 in Review

Last summer, the tweens of Battery Park City formed a book club. Genres were selected by vote each month, and the books were selected based upon their requests and preferences. Everyone was encouraged to finish the book even if it was not to their taste, which added another dimension to the discussion at our meetings. Each meeting closed with a book talk of the upcoming title and an opportunity for book sharing, which allowed everyone to speak about other books that the group might enjoy.

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Booktalking "Good Morning China" by Hu Yong Yi

In the morning in China, everyone chooses different activities. People in the park have their morning fun. One person is resting by the lotus pond. Another one cycles, some people play badminton, and some are stretching. Other people are dancing, some with swords or fans, and others in a waltz. Some people play chess and others play card games.

Harmony, peace, and simplicity are at the center of this work. What do you do in the morning?

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From the Shelves at NYPL: Ruth Guerrier-Pierre

Ruth Guerrier-Pierre keeps the children visiting the Kips Bay Branch of the New York Public Library on their toes. She is an avid reader and loves nothing better than to share books hot-off-the-presses with her readers. Ruth, a life-long New Yorker, started working at NYPL while still an ungraduate at Queens College. She knows all about handling books—she had to shelve plenty while working as a Page in the Central Children's Room at the Donnell Library in 2006.

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Booktalking "Children's Literature Gems" by Elizabeth Bird

Getting kids excited about reading is the name of the game. If you are interested in pursuing children's librarianship or you are new in the field, this is the book for you. Slim and easy to read, it provides a few key pieces of advice that will help any new children's librarian. The introduction gives you a taste of the author's background and experience.

Interspersed in the book are a variety of book lists, including baby books, great read-aloud picture books, overlooked novels and picture books, and 100 children's books that belong in every library.


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Fiction Atlas: Brooklyn in Children's Fiction and Picture Books (Part II)

Where in the world are you reading about? Fiction finds its settings in all corners of the world (and some places only imagined in our minds) but there's something special about fiction set in a familiar city or neighborhood. Let's take a trip out of Manhattan for now, and into the lively borough of Brooklyn! This is one of the most storied areas that make up New York City.

Settlers from the Dutch West India Company first founded the Village of Bruckelen in 1646, though the Lenape Native Americans had lived on the land that makes up the county for hundreds of years 

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Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Dolls and Children's Literature on December 7, 2013

We were lucky to have authors Yona McDonough, Christy Ottaviano, Krystyna Poray Goddu, Laura 

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From the Shelves at NYPL: Stephanie Whelan

Stephanie Whelan visiting the The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter, located at NYPL's main library on 42nd Street & curated by Leonard Marcus.Stephanie Whelan has been the Children's Librarian at the Seward Park Library since 2008. The branch is set in the east corner of Seward Park, the first permanent, municipally built playground in the United States. This Lower East Side neighborhood is home to a bustling, ethnically diverse community whose children make the library one of their must-go-to places to 

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Booktalking "The Read-Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease

Reading brings pleasure to people, and we need to nurture kids' reading interests, regardless of whether or not the kids' preferences mirror our own. If reading always seems like a chore, and if kids are constantly drilled on reading what they are not interested in, they will avoid the printed word like the plague.

Parents, teachers, and librarians reading to kids about books that they are enthusiastic about can nurture the development of bibliophiles. Even reading series books has been shown to increase people's vocabularies, etc. People learn vocabulary by reading 

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From the Shelves at NYPL: Anna Taylor

Anna Taylor visiting the interactive exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter, curated by Leonard MarcusAnna Taylor works at the New York Public Library’s Columbus Library—more than a short walk from Columbus Circle—over on 10th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in the Clinton (aka Hell’s Kitchen or Midtown West) neighborhood... an area that has been transformed in recent years by the dramatic increase in residential construction. It is not unusual to find this library filled to the rafters with children and teens 

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Booktalking "Tyrannoclaus" by Janet Lawler

Ready for Christmas with dinosaurs? Then this is the book for you. Tyrannoclaus (a Tyrannosaurus rex) has presents for stegosaur girls. He has tasty treats for 

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Booktalking "The Christmas Wombat" by Jackie French

This wombat likes eating, sleeping, and getting Christmas stockings. He particularly likes eating carrots. When he finds Christmas reindeer eating his carrots, the wombat gets grumpy. Creatures stealing his carrots is not acceptable behavior.

Luckily, however, he finds a way to get the reindeer to help him find more carrots! He rides on the runners of the reindeer's sleigh in search of carrots across the globe, from toucans in Central American rainforests to igloos in Canada.

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Booktalking "Dewey's Christmas at the Library" by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter

It is Christmas at the library for the kitty! Dewey has come a long way since last winter when he was rescued by Spencer Library director Vicki from the book-return drop. This year he is ready and enthusiastic for Christmas at the library. He loves everything about the season: gift bags, red yarn galore, and a Christmas tree that 

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Step Into a Story Book: "The ABC of It" Exhibition at the Library

The Library makes it convenient to see fantastic displays of children's books with its The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter exhibit in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building that is going on through March of 2014. I was inspired to visit the display by the fact that its curator, Leonard Marcus, is being 

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Great Graphic Novels for Kids 2013

Late last year, I featured some of my favorite graphic novels aimed at children 12 and under from the New York Public Library's collection. The list proved so popular I even made a sequel. Many people have asked me for a list of updated titles, so I have featured five of my new favorite comic titles that were published this year. A few of these selections are even featured in the

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Booktalking "The Twelve Bots of Christmas" by Nathan Hale

Santa glides across the sky in a spaceship-like vehicle pulled by four metallic reindeer above a city that is reminiscent of Futurama cartoons. 

On the first day of Christmas, the robot gets a cartridge in a gear tree. Every day, for a week and a half, the happy robot receives mechanical approximations of the gifts bestowed in the original

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It's Here! NYPL's Children's Books 2013

The latest edition of the New York Public Library's annual list of titles published for children can be found at Children's Books 2013 (PDF) and online at

Nineteen Children's Librarians pored over a wealth of new releases throughout the year, often with the help of the children in 

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Booktalking "The Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup

Jim and his mother were making gingerbread men on Christmas eve one year, and Jim suggested transforming the cookies into gingerbread pirates. His mom concurred. However, Jim did not want Santa to eat Captain Cookie (complete with a toothpick peg leg), so he took him to his bedroom that 

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Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Picture Books on November 2, 2013

I have been curious about how picture books are constructed and illustrated, and the latest Children's Literary Salon addressed exactly that topic. Betsy Bird, Young Adult Materials Specialist at NYPL organizes and hosts the monthly program for enthusiasts of children's literature. She let the audience know that author/illustrators Peter Brown, Steve Light and Sergio Ruzzier would give brief presentations 

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Booktalking "The Apple Pie That Papa Baked" by Lauren Thompson

I like how this story builds upon itself... showing all of the ingredients and aspects of nature that contribute to the development of the sweet treat. There is repetition as more elements of the apple pie are added and the previous elements are mentioned again.Read More ›
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