NYC Reads


If you’re in need of a reading list for Pre-K through 12th grade, check out the wonderful lists at NYC Reads 365, compiled by a committee of school librarians (who else?) and reviewed by literacy specialists from the NYC DOE. The downloadable posters and bookmarks for each borough are pretty cool, too!



And if you’re a fan – and who isn’t? – the upcoming exhibit of Mo Willems’ art at The New-York Historical Society is not to be missed. No matter how many copies I buy for my library of the Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie, and Trixie books, they’re soon loved to death. And if you want a sure-fire read-aloud, We are In a Book! always gets laughs galore. (No matter how well the audience knows it.) Not to mention Mo is a really swell guy. Not only did he sign my daughter’s books, he posed for a photo so I could show her I’d really met him at the SCBWI NY conference some years back.


All of these thoughts on NYC reading got me thinking about my favorite NYC books. Besides Mo’s books. πŸ™‚

In no particular order:

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Harriet the Spy
  • When You Reach Me,Β Liar & Spy, and Goodbye Stranger
  • Bernard Waber’s Lyle books (The House on 88th Street begins the series)
  • Kay Thompson’s Eloise books
  • Gregor the Overlander
  • The Lightning Thief
  • Rita Garcia-Williams’ Gaither Sisters trilogy (the girls live in New York, even though much of the action is elsewhere)
  • Uptown
  • Blackout
  • All-of-a-Kind Family
  • Under the Egg
  • Tar Beach
  • Balloons Over Broadway
  • The Grimm Legacy
  • Sky Boys

And of course,

  • The Snowy Day
  • This Is New York

Did I miss any of your favorites? Leave a shout-out in the comments. πŸ™‚


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