Some of the most memorable life stories do not involve the powerful or famous, rather they uncover the lives of regular people in extraordinary circumstances. They can inspire us, humble us, make us laugh or make us cry. Here is a selection of memoirs that will stay with you long after you finish them.
Get ready for reading inspiration to strike you as you’re walking down the street! Stop by the 5th Ave windows of the Mid-Manhattan Library for summer reading suggestions posted by our staff and patrons! They’ll also be posting titles on social media using the hashtag #MMLSummerRead so make sure to follow along!
Spring is officially here and A. E Butler, Senior Librarian at Muhlenberg Library is sharing a list of children’s books that are sure to get you and your little ones excited for the new season!
Happy Birthday to the great children’s author - and friend of the NYPL - Ms. Judy Blume! Ms. Blume visited the Library last year when the library unveiled its list of the 100 Great Children’s Books from the last 100 Years. Ms. Blume made the list herself with her classic Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Of course you can find most of Judy Blume’s work at NYPL branches through Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. During her visit to the library last year, Ms. Blume took the photo taken above at our awesome NYPL photobooth that can be found at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Happy Birthday Judy Blume!
Are you a fan of international travel and mystery novels? Well if you are, do we have a treat for you. And for this, you don’t even need your passport. The New York Public Library’s own Miriam Tuliao wrote for Bookreporter.com her list of the top 10 best international mystery novels from 2013! And guess what? Most of the novels on Miriam’s list can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system.
The New York Public Library recommends the best children’s books of 2013 in this interactive guide.
A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka, just won the 2012 Caldecott Medal! Youth Materials Specialist Betsy Bird shares her picks for 10 winners that have stood the test of time.
1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
These ducklings don’t age (and how great is it that one of them was named Ouack?).
1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton)
A story where urbanization intrudes on the surrounding countryside? 1943 is starting to feel a whole heck of a lot like 2012.
1954: Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
Saucy without being snarky, headstrong but never bratty, this is the ultimate Can We Get a Dog? story.
1957: A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry (Harper)
Trees make for good subject matter, particularly these days when we need them more than ever.
1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Harper)
The best picture book ever written in the English language for children? You decide.
1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley (Prentice-Hall)
Written at the height of the Vietnam War, this rhyme makes a subtle statement about armed conflicts.
1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema (Dial)
This enjoyable folktale’s language is matched only by its stunning visuals.
1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
Like an episode of The Twilight Zone for kids, you’ll never look at your board games the same way again.
1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (Philomel)
Little Red Riding Hood gets a whole new twist in this retelling. See if you can spot the wolf hiding in the illustrations.
2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Viking)
Mr. Taback left us just this past Christmas but his fabulous die-cut extravaganza lives on in hearts and minds.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day! Have you bought your mom a card, planned a picnic, or arranged for a flower delivery? Kristy Raffensberger, Children’s Librarian at the Webster Library, has picked out some books for toddlers and young children with the “mommy” theme (and “mom” and “mama”). Getting one or more of these from your local library and having them ready for reading on Mother’s Day would be a sweet and inexpensive treat for a mom with a young one. If the child wants to help in the kitchen, Kristy included a few cookbooks (geared towards the tots). Have a great Mother’s Day, everybody!
Recommended Mother’s Day Reading
(for ages 3-6)
Make Your Mom Breakfast in Bed! (with adult supervision)
Kids Cook 1-2-3: Recipes for Young Chefs Using Only 3 Ingredients by Rozanne Gold
You Can Cook by Annabel Karmel
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up by Mollie Katzen
The above image is from our New York World’s Fair 1939-1940 collection. The back of this photograph states that it is of “Mrs. Alice Bowen (right), 93, the oldest mother at the Mother’s Day ceremonies at the World’s Fair of 1940 in New York with Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, widow of President Harrison.”