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50 Favorite Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017

There were lots of wonderful books published in 2017. Not all of them are going to make the “best of” lists, but here are 50 of my favorites.

YA Blasts Off in 2017

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past and consider the future. This year, the future loomed large in Young Adult literature.

Kids' Books To Celebrate Both Chanukah & Christmas

Families who celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah might find something that hits home in these picture books about interfaith families, combining different kinds of traditions, and, yes, sentient potato pancakes.

Cozy Chanukah Picture Books

Many readers might know a few old standbys, but more recently published books about the Festival of Lights go beyond the standard dreidel-based fare. We have stories about Yiddish-speaking chickens, Braille dreidels, immigrants stranded at sea, families who fry up dosas instead of latkes, and more.

NYPL's 10 Best Books of 2017

NYPL staff votes for their favorite books published in 2017.

Food, Family, Feuds: Patron Picks from Open Book Hour

Delicious recipes, dysfunctional families, high stakes feuds... Check out these patron picks!

Fantasy Genre Primer

A genre expert defines the genre for you, tell you about subgenres, and gives you some titles to read and recommend. ​

10 Best Illustrated Children's Books 2017!

Today, the New York Times Book Review published their annual 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017. This is the 65th year this award has been given and for the first time the award was given jointly by The New York Public Library and The Times. We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration or more proud of this list of gorgeous picture books.

Thriller Genre Primer

A genre expert defines the genre for you, tell you about sub-genres, and gives you some titles to read and recommend. ​

Books with Autumnal Witchy Vibes

Since we could all probably use a little hocus pocus in our lives, here is a list of books filled with witches, romance, magic, and autumn leaves.

Liberty and Happiness: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Classic self-help books, engaging fiction, 18th-century American history, and Jane Austen were some of the topics we discussed at our last Open Book Night, when the theme was “liberty and happiness.”

New & Noteworthy: Superhero Stories

Here are a few exceptional new superhero stories. May justice prevail!

Books for Kids' Back-to-School Jitters

Six stories that might help ease the minds of kids feeling anxious about their first days of school.

National Book Lovers Day - What is your favorite book?

What happens when an impromptu question is sent to NYPL staff in honor of August 9th “National Book Lovers Day”? It becomes a great conversation starter with amazing recommendations.

New & Noteworthy: Historical Middle Grade Fiction

Until time travel becomes a reality for us all, fiction is the best way we know to and experience historical times. Here are six exceptional new works of middle grade fiction, all set in times before today.

New & Noteworthy: Culturally Diverse Middle Grade

These are exactly the kind of books that will teach our next generation to be accepting and open-minded.

New & Noteworthy: Selected Shorts

Check out some new books we recommend in the form of the Short Story Cycle.

New & Noteworthy: Nonfiction for Kids

For all those young readers out there, some great new science writing on the ocean, and the planets, and the moon, and a couple of noteable biographies.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Epic journeys by ship and by train, stories of survival in wartime, and elephants were some of the topics we discussed at last month’s Open Book Night. We asked readers to share a reading journey with us, including books about travel and transportation, favorite armchair adventures, or virtual voyages.

New & Noteworthy Nonfiction

If you are looking for a serious book for the beach this season—we hear that is a thing since Lin Manuel Miranda read the Hamilton biography on vacation—here are a few we recommend.

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