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!
We’re happy to share some exciting news: the Library’s exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, has been extended until September 7th!
Please note that while the exhibition will be closed March 24th and 25th, lovers of children’s literature will be able to stop by the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street for six more months! So if you haven’t seen this amazing collection of the world’s most beloved children’s books, you now have more time to! Bring a friend and stop by the exhibit soon!
Happy birthday, Lewis Carroll!
Today marks the 182nd birthday of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more famously known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. Born in Cheshire, England in 1832, Carroll is perhaps best known as the author of the children’s classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1865. The book, about a curious girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world of strange creatures, is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre and is enjoyed by both adults and children all over the world.
Stop by the NYPL’s amazing exhibit on children’s literature, The ABC of It All to learn more about Alice in Wonderland (we’ve included an image from the exhibit above!), and many other timeless children’s books today!
On this day in 1758, English-language spelling reformer, lexicographer, and textbook pioneer Noah Webster, Jr. was born in New Hartford, Connecticut.
Credited with standardizing spelling in the English language, Webster’s name is synonymous with “dictionary” in the United States, especially the modern Merriam-Webster dictionary that was first published in 1828.
Be sure to check out a Noah Webster speller aimed at teaching American English to the schoolchildren of the newly formed United States in the NYPL’s amazing children’s lit exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter!
We have pulled a classic out of our caps for this week’s Caturday - the cover of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (which our librarians believe is the most checked out children’s book in the history at NYPL). Of course, the book made our list of the top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years, released this week to much fanfare. You can pick up a hard copy of the list for free at any of our branches, or download/view it online. How many have you read? Try to read them all - you can check them all out for free at the Library! After all, as Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Guess who visited our 42nd Street building on Monday? That’s right, beloved authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle popped by to help us unveil our list of the top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years, which, of course, featured their works — Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You can download the list, or pick one up in any NYPL branch. The two legends participated in a panel discussion and read from their works. Carle then signed his new book Friends for over 100 people (that book is not out until November, so NYPL folks got a sneak peek). Blume visited our acclaimed free exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter (which she dubbed “excellent, excellent” and “amazing” - check out the photos of her looking at her book in the exhibition, and sitting in The Phantom Toll Booth car). She also took a photo in our new NYPL photo booth. So visit us soon, see the exhibition, and take your own photo. Come on, you know you always wanted to be like Judy Blume.
Are we excited at NYPL? Yes we are. Because Eric Carle, the beloved creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a host of other best-selling children’s works, will be signing copies of his new book, Friends, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street on Sept. 30!
The upbeat picture book by the acclaimed author and artist centers around a spunky young boy who braves currents, mountains, and rain before, finally, reuniting with a friend who moved away.
The book – published by Penguin Group USA – is not in stores until November 19, but a limited number will be available for purchase exclusively at The Library Shop during the signing, which will take place in Astor Hall, right through the Library’s Fifth Avenue entrance. Books are first come, first served.
Carle will sign other books - also available for purchase at the Library Shop - but there is a three-book limit. You can find more info on this event here. Hope to see you! And when you come, be sure to check out our exhibition in the same building, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. Eric Carle is featured, The Times says it’s great, and it’s free!
Check out this very cool photo of the real, true blue Christopher Robin playing with the real, true blue Winnie The Pooh. Would you like to see the real Winnie The Pooh in person? Get down to the Library’s 42nd Street building this weekend and check out the free exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. Winnie and his friends (who are shown in the other photo, and are part of the Library’s vast collections) are on display as part of the show, and would love to have visitors! So come on down.
Can you guess who the person is in the photo?It is none other than Norton Juster, author of the classic children’s book, The Phantom Tollbooth!Last week, Mr. Juster visited the Library’s new exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,where his book — along with protagonist Milo’s toy car — is on display. Talk about an unexpected treat!If you love The Phantom Tollbooth as much as we do, be sure to check out this free exhibit at the main library on Fifth Ave and 42nd street!Who knows who else you’ll see!
And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!
Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are”
Today would have been the 85th birthday of the beloved author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak. He was the author of some of our favorite children’s books, including “Where the Wild Things Are”. So In honor of Maurice Sendak be sure to pick up a copy at your local branch today.