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.
Children’s Books about New York and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!