22 New York Children’s Books – Great Kids Books About New York

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The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about New York

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Children’s Books about New York: Between Two Worlds

Dear Abuelo, by Grecia Huesca Dominguez and illustrated by Teresa Martinez

 

My Friend, by Elisa Amado and Alfonso Ruano

 

The storyteller’s candle / La velita de los cuentos, by Lucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre

A 1929 tale of two girls in New York, having arrived from Puerto Rico, for the celebration of Three Kings

 

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx, by Jonah Winter and Edel Rodriguez

Sonia Sotomayor was the first Latina to become a Supreme Court Justice. This book about the Bronx judge shares her stories, about being Type 1 diabetic, having parents that spoke Spanish, and believing in herself.

 

 

New York City Picture Books: NYC Trailblazers

The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath, by Julia Finley Mosca and Daniel Rieley

 

Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights, by Beth Anderson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

 

Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter, by Dianne Ochiltree, illustrated by Kathleen Kemly

 

Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball, by Heather Lang, illustrated by Cecelia Puglesi

This story takes place from Corning, New York in 1951

 

New York City Picture Books: Beautiful Music, and the Notorious RBG

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

 

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

 

Harlem’s Little Blackbird, by Renee Watson

 

When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Brian Selznick

 

 

Art in New York City: New York City Picture Books

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Javaka Steptoe

 

Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence, by John Duggleby

 

Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem, by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, illustrated by Christopher Myers

 

Clayton Bird Goes Underground, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Clayton is at Washington Square Park in NYC, and rides the subways.

 

New York Children’s Books:

The City as Character – NYC (Click here for movie suggestions, song suggestions)

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar 

 

Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge, by Rachel Dougherty

 

A Walk in New York, by Salvatore Rubbino

Father and son see the sights together in this book about New York. 

 

Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold

A family in Harlem, with beautiful artwork about New York summer nights.

 

 

New York City books about Ellis Island, Immigration to America

                   

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

This book about the Statue of Liberty shares the poem on the Statue of Liberty’s base.

 

At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices, by Louise Peacock, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop

Ellis Island was the entry point for immigrants coming to America on the East Coast of the United States. This book about Ellis Island shares the factual information about Ellis Island and gives a historical fiction narrative about someone’s own arrival to Ellis Island and they immigrate into the United States.

 

 

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