Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

Blog Posts by Subject: Children's Literature

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Wordless Picture Books

Many parents feel intimidated when they first encounter a wordless picture book. Then the possibilities set in: the child can make up the story, the story can change from reading to reading. Not to mention, the art in these wordless books is stunning.Read More ›

Jerome Park Library: Interacting with Kids and the Community

Last weekend, Jerome Park Library set up a table at the Lehman College Kids Rule Weekend. It was a fun-filled day of pony rides, train rides, face painting, a bounce house, performances, and other activities.Read More ›

Middle Grade Mysteries

Who better to go undetected than a seemingly innocent middle grader. If you have a budding sleuth at home (hint—she probably loves Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated) here are some titles to hone her skills. Read More ›

Imagination Academy 2015: Week Three

This week we had C. Alexander London, Laurie Calkhoven, and Geoff Rodkey visit us at Imagination Academy.Read More ›

Children's Books Set in Libraries

For many children, libraries are among their first social places. A place where the furniture is their size, where they can be among their peers, and follow their curiosity. Here are a few children's books set in libraries. If you have a library kid, these titles will make them feel right at home. Read More ›

8 Dr. Seuss Books You May Have Never Heard Of

We realized we didn’t need a new release to discover some new-to-us titles in the Seussian oeuvre.Read More ›

Imagination Academy 2015: Week 2

Vicki Cobb started off week two with a fun-filled afternoon of science experiments, Julie Salamon brought her experience as a writer on Wednesday and Lauren Magaziner made Thursday a day filled with inspiration.Read More ›

My Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes

I love all books by Dr. Seuss. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: Read More ›

An Ode to New Children's Poetry

Roses are red / violets are blue / Here's some new poetry for kids / That adults might like too.Read More ›

Imagination Academy Returns to 67th Street Library

We are thrilled to bring Imagination Academy back to the 67th Street Library! This year, our two wonderful high school interns/aspiring authors, Emily Imbarrato and Rosie Shewnarain, will be summarizing the events.Read More ›

Booktalking "Audition and Subtraction" by Amy Fellner Dominy

Tay-Lo. That's how Tatus and Lori's friends have referred to them for the longest time. They always seem to be together.Read More ›

If You Like Mo Willems...

We love Mo Willems for so many reasons: 1.) He is silly 2.) His books are character driven 3.) He uses art to make his characters expressive, 4.) His books beg the reader to participate in the storytelling, and 5.) He focuses on issues we grapple with (still!) as adults.Read More ›

Booktalking "Wanderville" by Wendy McClure

Driving a wagon with runaway horses, freedom from child labor, pining for parents to take care of them, and letting their imaginations run wild. The kids in this story have a bunch of fun…on their own.Read More ›

Love (& Reading) Make a Family

Readers of every age can celebrate PrideFest with new picture books (plus new editions of two honored classics) for LGBTQ families to read together.Read More ›

Booktalking "Guitar Notes" by Mary Amato

Lyla and Tripp share a guitar room, but only one person is allowed in the room at a time. Two would be a scandal. So, Lyla uses the room on even days and is "Ms. Even;" Tripp is known as "Mr. Odd."Read More ›

Booktalking "Gluten-Free Birthday for Me!" by Sue Fliess

Have to celebrate special occasions and birthdays with food intolerances? No problem. Gluten-free birthday cake is the answer to this dilemma! Rice and corn are often used in place of wheat flour in baking, but it can be rather dense if not treated carefully. The girl in this story solved the problem by baking a cake with her mother.

Piñatas, relay races, painted faces, removable tattoos, and even cake that gluten-free folks can eat. Sounds like a fabulous kids' birthday party to me! No one has to feel left out. Presents, party favors, and everyone goes 

... Read More ›

Booktalking "Zebra Forest" by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Eleven-year-old Annie, 9-year-old "Rew" (Andrew) and Gran reside together in a country house adjacent to the Zebra Forest. That is, white birch trees interspersed with darkness makes the trees reminiscent of a zebra's stripes. Annie and Rew love the Zebra. They also adore acting out Treasure Island and enjoying other books. Read More ›

Summer Reading Kickoff 2015: Superheroes!

I was excited to attend the system-wide summer reading kickoff on June 4, 2015 at the Mott Haven Library. Many staff members, parents and kids, NYPL president Tony Marx, City Council Member Andy King, graphic novelist Nathan Hale and the Mott Haven library staff turned out for this event. Read More ›

Booktalking "Millions of Cats" by Wanda Ga'g

An old man and a woman live in a beautiful house in the countryside, but they are lonely without any other people or animals about. Enter cats. Millions of cats. Read More ›

Tiny Heroes: Beyond Ant-Man

Whether you are familiar with the storyline of Hank Pym and his notorious Pym Particles, you’ve probably come across some rather smaller than average characters in your life. Here are just some you may or may not have heard of that are worth checking out.Read More ›
Previous Page 4 of 19 Next