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The Panama Papers: Fictional Characters We Suspect May Have Offshore Accounts

Unless you have been living under a rock this month, you have surely heard about The Panama Papers, the biggest secret data leak in history. Here are a few fictional characters we are pretty sure would be implicated.

Six Picture Books for #Hamilkids

Picture books about the founding figures from the worlds of hip-hop and the American Revolution… all of whom were in the room where it happens.

New York Times Read Alikes: April 17, 2016

The top five bestselling fiction titles include: a thriller full of secrets and lies, a banter-filled regency romance, even more British romance, family drama, and an historic mystery.

Biographies, The Ultimate Self-Help Tool

If you are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, read the story of someone else who has been there.

The Bernstein Awards: Meet the Finalists

The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism annually honors a journalist whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. Meet this year’s shortlist, with a few words from the committee members.

Top Five Beverly Cleary Books

“Don’t stop now. Go ahead! Be readers all of your lives. And don’t forget, librarians and teachers can help you find the right books to read.” We couldn’t agree more, Beverly Cleary. Happy birthday, and thanks for all you’ve given us.

39 Women Journalists Whom We Admire

Author Gay Talese stirred the ire of the Internet on Saturday when he reportedly couldn't name a single woman writer who inspired him... so we gave him some suggestions in journalism.

Journalists on ISIS

If you are wondering how this group got to the point of being organized, strategic, and growing steadily in numbers, these journalists can help you sort it all out.

Happy Birthday To The Little Prince

The Little Prince, a novella, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was first published on April 6, 1943. If you read and loved it, here are a few other titles that are fantastic, magical, whimsical, perfect for the 9-12 year old set, and also feature princes.

Elections 101

Our staff recommends some primers to help kids feel a part of the election buzz.

Women in Print: A Reading List from Open Book Night

At our March Open Book Night readers recommended a wide variety of books by favorite women authors, from contemporary fiction to older favorites, even questioning the authorship of a great classic of Western literature.

Batman vs Superman: Recommended Reading List

Batman vs Superman marks the first time the two heroes have appeared in a live action film together. The story in the film does not come from any particular comic but there were some that provided inspiration, so read them and brush up on your hero knowledge!

In Praise of Female Rock Memoirs

Several great female memoirs have been published since Patti Smith's phenomenally successful Just Kids. Here's to the rise of the female rock memoir.

Fiction Set in Pakistan

Eleven books for readers of all ages.

Miles to Go Before We Sleep

In honor of Robert Frost’s birthday, we asked our book experts for a twist on the poet’s infamous line: What’s a children’s book that deals with exhaustion, parental or otherwise?

I Want a Garden!

Urban gardening books that’ll help you grow some plants even if a sprawling tomato seedling won’t fit in your studio.

NYPL Recommends: New Picture Books

We have been seeing some wonderful new picture books on our shelves recently. Here are a few of our favorites:

NYPL Recommends: New Middle Grade Books

Spring titles are still on the horizon, but already we are seeing some wonderful new middle grade fiction titles. Here are a few we think are exceptional.

Hello Out There…

What would Harry Potter look like with iPhones instead of owls? Or Romeo and Juliet, if Juliet could have texted “brb, not rly dead”?

She's Cracking the Case

Young-adult fiction is rich with young women who investigate crimes, solve mysteries, and apprentice in magical archives.