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Cullman Center Recommends: 15 Books for Summer Reading

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has had seventeen classes of fellows in residence at The New York Public Library. These gifted independent scholars, creative writers, academics, and visual artists have produced more than one hundred books since 1999, and we recommend fifteen of their recent titles for 2016 summer reading.

Read 20 Minutes a Day? Finish Moby-Dick before Fall

Twenty minutes a day. That's all it takes for kids and adults alike to avoid a summer reading slump... and, as it turns out, to read some really amazing books. So, with our Summer Reading Challenge in full swing, we decided to do a little math.

Picture Books for Working Moms

All moms are working hard all the time, and moms who work outside their homes could sometimes use a hand explaining their jobs to their kids and handling their separation anxiety. These picture books do just that.

New York Times Read Alikes: July 24, 2016

If you are among the many readers who read one of The New York Times top five fiction titles and want more of the same adventure or romance or thrills, we have some suggestions for you.

NYPL Recommends: New Nonfiction for Kids

Our staff have been busy reading and reviewing 2016 titles. Here are a few of their favorite new nonfiction books for children.

PokeBooks for Pokémon GO

As freely available public spaces, libraries hold a special position in the game. This list features books for readers of all ages that capture the experience of finding new things in your familiar surroundings.

New York Times Read Alikes: July 17, 2016

If you are among the many readers who read one of The New York Times top five fiction titles and want more of the same adventure or romance or thrills, here are some suggestions for you.

Microhistories and Their Microtitles

A somewhat recent and interesting approach to studying and writing about cultural and social history is the “microhistory.” We noticed a theme among microhistories: many have single word titles followed by a descriptive subtitle. Check out our list of microhistories and their microtitles.

When 'The Man' Wins

Inspired by a reader’s comment on our Angry Birds post, we’re thinking about books where the non-underdogs—a.k.a., those little round pigs with the helmets—wind up on top.

NYPL Recommends: New YA Comics & Graphic Novels

Check out our Best Books for Teens committee's favorite new comics and graphic novels.

New York Times Read Alikes: June 26, 2016

If you are among the many readers who read one of these five titles and want more of the same adventure or romance or thrills, here are some suggestions for you.

Water, Water, Everywhere... Except Not

Quite a bit of excellent nonfiction has been written about water scarcity; this list presents recent fiction about dystopian visions of a too-dry future.

Escapism: A Reading List from Open Book Night

In the corner room at Mid-Manhattan, appropriately surrounded by the travel guide collection, we spent our June Open Book Night sharing books that help us escape.

#FridayReads Roundup: The BFG, Kids Poetry, the Future, and Some Self-reflection

Check out this week in book lists, and find us on twitter @nyplrecommends for recommendations.

Eerie Reads for Lovers of A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls pressed all my philosopher-librarian buttons and I couldn't get enough of it, so here's some more dark, atmospheric YA lit that doesn’t forget the importance of finding your place in the world.

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction

Our Best Books for Teens committee has been busy reading and reviewing 2016 titles. Here are a few of their favorite new fiction titles.

A Manhattanhenge Reading List

Happy first day of summer! Manhattanhenge is coming soon, and we’ve made a reading list!

YA Books: Conversations About Consent

In the wake of the Brock Turner case and its controversial aftermath, parents across the country are taking a more active role in teaching their teens about consent. If you are looking to jump-start a conversation about consent, consider reading one of the books below with your teen.

The BFG: Steven Spielberg Meets Roald Dahl

Steven Spielberg, creator of many beloved movies for children brings one of the most beloved children’s stories, The BFG by Roald Dahl, to the big screen. The BFG opens in theaters July 1, 2016 the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth. To celebrate this collaboration, here are five of our favorite Dahl books, and five equally imaginative and magical Spielberg kids movies.

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