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Booktalking "Girl in Blue" by Ann Rinaldi

Sarah Wheelock, a.k.a. soldier Neddy Compton in the Civil War, is a 16-year-old runaway who also becomes a spy for the Union.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Collaborating Couples on February 7, 2015

Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, and Betsy and Ted Lewin spoke about living and working on books together.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Ever-After Bird" by Ann Rinaldi

The scarlet ibis is known to the slaves as the Ever-After bird. Legend has it that once a slave sights this bird, he or she will be free. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lions of Little Rock" by Kristin Levine

It is 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the debate about racial integration in schools is raging. Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Science Fiction on January 3, 2015

Authors and librarians weighed in on the subject of sci-fi in children's books at the event earlier this month.Read More ›

They Put THAT Into a Book for Kids?! Unexpected Elements in Our 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

We are in a veritable golden age of great books for kids right now. So good, in fact, that little elements you might never expect can be found on some of the pages of the most seemingly innocuous books. Don't believe me? Here's a little something surprising from each of the categories we explored on our list.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sugar White Snow and Evergreens" by Felicia Chernesky

The illustrations in this book are exquisite, and I love how Swan emphasizes single colors in the double-page spreads.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Publishing in the 21st Century on December 6

Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist at NYPL, introduced the program. Jane Breskin Zalben moderated the panel, which consisted of Laurent Linn, Leonard Marcus, Neal Porter, Caroline Ward, Susan Roth, and Elizabeth Harding. Read More ›

Booktalking "Code Talker" by Joseph Bruchac

Sixteen-year-old Ned Begay is used to being called stupid and other names by adults. So joining the Marines and going through boot camp is not especially challenging for him. Read More ›

Booktalking "Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing" by April Jones Prince

The Brooklyn Bridge took fourteen years to build, and the people in Manhattan and Brooklyn all eagerly awaited its completion. Read More ›

Booktalking "I Have Two Homes" by Marian De Smet

Sometimes she lives with Mom, sometimes with Dad... in two different houses.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Brooklyn Nine" by Alan Gratz

A novel told in nine stories, spanning the years from 1845 to 2002.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson

Clover notices a little girl on the other side of the fence. She wants to play with her and her friends, but everyone's mothers told them not to go over the fence. Read More ›

Booktalking "Eagle Song" by Joseph Bruchac

Danny does not fit in New York City with his long hair and Mohawk ways.Read More ›

Booktalking "Lumber Camp Library" by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Amazingly enough, these lumberjacks who topple logs every day are a little bit afraid of literature. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Sundown Rule" by Wendy Townsend

Louise's mother is out of the picture, and her dad is on a writing assignment for National Geographic in Brazil. She finds herself staying with Aunt Kay and Uncle Jack for the summer. Read More ›

Booktalking "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" by Doreen Cronin

These cows have an issue with their living conditions. So they decide to do something about it. They start communicating their suggestions to the farmer.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Native Fiction on October 4, 2014

Stacy Whiteman and Cheryl Klein are editors, and Joseph Bruchac and Eric Gansworth are Native authors. It was interesting to see the interchange between authors and editors during the program. Read More ›

Librarians Choose the Best Teachers in Children's Literature

Recently, we published a list of the most outstanding teachers in adult fiction, but now it's time to turn the spotlight on the teachers of children's literature! We asked NYPL librarians to share the children's books with the best teacher characters and to tell us what makes them extraordinary. Read More ›

Booktalking "Wild Things!" by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta

Want to know more about the authors of children's literature, where they came from, and why they write the books that they do? This book will provide some elucidation, as well as a brief chronology of the evolution of kid lit.Read More ›
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