Written by Neysela DaSilva-Reed,
Our Little New-Yorkers have been on quite the adventure since they started dropping in to our program in 2013. They’ve ventured beyond the cozy Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library and into the galleries upstairs, where they got up close to amazing objects in our collections, such as the wonderful Beekman Coach, and explored some of our fantastic special exhibitions, including Superheroes in Gotham and The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems.
Together, we’ve traveled even greater distances, discovering connections between New York and the rest of the world. Through objects and stories, we’ve traveled to ancient China, mythical Greece, and historic India.
But as the smallest inhabitants of this amazing city, Little New-Yorkers are never more excited than when they are learning about the place they call home, New York. As our program continues to grow, we wanted to share some of our favorite books set in New York. Below is a roundup of these lovely stories. Happy reading!
Concentrating on the daily commute, this book doesn’t play favorites with the city’s various modes of transportation. All are equal options in helping New Yorkers get from point A to B. Whether traveling by subway or ferry, in the end everyone has the same goal: to get home to their loved ones!
This magical story is set on a single New York City block and makes connections to faraway places around the world where many New Yorkers also call home. It’s a great introduction to immigration in New York and learning about the diverse cultures we all encounter every day.
This fun counting book takes young readers into the city’s dark night. Its pages explore the back streets, alleys, and fire escapes of the city with the jazziest cats in all the land. This book puts a new spin on the idea that New York is the city that never sleeps.
This magical book takes us along for a walk with the cutest grandmother in town. Readers explore the local community and learn some Spanish along the way, and we realize that New York really is a city full of dreamers.
This amazing story reimagines a classic fairy tale and sets it in 1930s New York, complete with seven Jazzmen, a poison cherry, and lots of old New York glamour to boot. The best part of this story is definitely the secret nods to grown-up readers!