Children's Literature @ NYPL
Lost & Found at the Children's Center at 42nd Street
Have you ever lost something? I have. At some point in our childhoods, we have lost a cherished possession. Sadly, the staff of the Children's Center regularly discover an array of toys and clothing that have been left behind by mistake. We display some of the toys at our circulation desk in hopes that the small owners will return to claim them. Happy reunions are our mission.
Last summer, we mailed a small stuffed hedgehog to Virginia after getting an email from a mother determined to track down her daughter's favorite toy. Humphry the Hedgehog was packed into a tiny box and sent off lickety-split. We received a big thank you from the family and they kindly sent us a video of Humphry's adventures at the New York Public Library.
One of our more interesting acquistions is a small, blue rhinoceros. Mr. Rhinoceros was very lonely until we accessorized him with a pink purse; now he gets lots of attention from our customers. Numerous people have asked if our rhinoceros is the "star" of his own book.
Although Mr. Rhinoceros and his pink purse do not have a book contract yet, here is a list of books about lost items.
- Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock
- Adele & Simon in America by Barbara McClintock
- Binky by Leslie Patricelli
- Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear by Alyassa Satin Capucilli
- Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco
- The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming
- Hat by Paul Hoppe
- Hooray for Harry by Kim Lewis
- I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
- Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
- Knuffle Bunny: an Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems
- La La Rose by Satomi Ichikawa
- Olivia...and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
- Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen
- Sam's Winter Hat by Albert Lamb
- Where's My T-R-U-C-K? by Karen Beaumont