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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 ›

Booktalking "Recycle This Book" edited by Dan Gutman

Read this book to find tips from your favorite children's authors on how to be more environmentally friendly.Read More ›

Inspired by "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey:" A Science Reading List For Kids

Have you been captivated by Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the recent follow-up to Carl Sagan's seminal documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage? Me too. While the engaging style would likely draw in high school and perhaps middle grade students, it might be a bit too advanced for the younger crowd, despite some amazing visuals and animations. But why wait to introduce them to basic concept of the world, nay, cosmos they live in? History, nature, and the scientific method can really activate an imagination, stimulate curiosity, and provoke inquiry.Read More ›

Booktalking "Neela: Victory Song" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Twelve-year-old Neela lives in Bengal, India in 1939. Freedom fighters are spreading across the country in protest of British rule. Neela's father wants to join them, and Neela becomes interested in the movement.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Doll Shop Downstairs" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Anna and her sisters Sophie and Trudie cannot afford to buy dolls. However, they make do by playing with the dolls in their parents' shop that await repair.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Cats in the Doll Shop" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Anna, her older sister Sophie and her younger sister Trudie have at least two things in common: their love of dolls and cats.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Doll With the Yellow Star" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Claudine carefully sews a yellow star of David on the inside of her doll Violette's coat so that the doll can show the star when she pleases and have some control over the ignominy.Read More ›
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