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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 ›

Booktalking "W is for Wombat" by Bronwyn Bancroft

Learning the alphabet Australian Aboriginal style... What could be better? Especially for people who are lucky enough to have visited that fantastical, majestic, fun-loving land.Read More ›

Booktalking "Animalogy: Animal Analogies" by Marianne Berkes

Ants are tiny, and hippos are big. There is much dichotomy in the animal world, and this book helps kids learn about the differences between animals and the great variety that exists in nature.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown

This is a story about a city without any greenery who is saved by a little boy, Liam. The city seems dreary without flowers and plants, so Liam implements a solution. He saves a bit of grass and plants by watering it on a building's rooftop. Soon it expands, and he is able to trim the shrubs that grow into animal shapes.Read More ›

Booktalking "Children Make Terrible Pets" by Peter Brown

A bear in a tutu tries to have a pet boy she named Squeaker, and all mayhem breaks loose.Read More ›

Booktalking "Hunwick's Egg" by Mem Fox

Once upon a time, there lived a bandicoot named Hunwick. One day after a big storm, Hunwick found a treasure, a perfectly shaped humongous egg.Read More ›

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 ›
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