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.
We asked library staff to investigate Ian Fleming's legacy and go “beyond Bond”—to pick out other books starring secret agents.
Escapist YA picks that transport readers to faraway lands.
We asked our experts: “What’s your recommendation for a long, dense, serious beach book?”
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.
Whether teens are dashing headlong into the wilderness or shipped off against their will, summer camp provides the perfect backdrop for YA adventure, romance, and drama.
Our expert NYPL librarians recommend their favorite books about interplanetary travel.
Alexandre Dumas, pere—born on July 24, 1802—dreamed up one of the most famous trios in history: The Three Musketeers. In his honor, we came up with some more classic literary trios.
We asked our expert NYPL staff, “What’s your favorite book that features a protagonist with a disability, and why do you like it?”
Here are five essential reads to celebrate Doctorow's consummate contribution to literature.
Raymond Chandler famously said, “The ideal mystery is one you would read even if the end is missing.” In honor of his birthday this week, we asked our librarian experts to name mysteries they’d read even if there were no endings—books so compelling, with such great characters or such an evocative setting, that the story itself is just a bonus.
Books composed of multiple narrators may help tweens grow empathy as they learn to navigate the complex social structure that is middle school.
Put Armada on hold, and then come back and check out five other gamer books.
Roses are red / violets are blue / Here's some new poetry for kids / That adults might like too.
In honor of Bastille Day, we’re thinking about the idea of revolution and all the ways that authors have defined it throughout history.
That sticky summer humidity broke just in time to give us yet another gorgeous Open Book Night at the Outdoor Reading Room this past Friday night! Patrons of all ages spent the evening reclining on the lawn, enjoying a host of great recommendations, and, for the first time in 30 years, the relaxing sound of Truth and Beauty’s waters flowing nearby.
Seven novels (all suitable for young adults, if not specifically written for them) about how society deals with the fallout of ominous technologies.
In Heinlein’s honor, we asked our NYPL librarians: What are some other books that speak to displacement—of being a stranger in a strange land?
In honor of Robert Heinlein's birthday, we asked our NYPL librarians: What are some other books that speak to displacement—of being a stranger in a strange land?
Here’s a list of classic novels we wish had sequels, whatever they may have been.