Monday, August 12, 2013

"Here is our poetry,
for we have pulled down the stars to our will."
New York City in Picture Books

And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? 
It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there.... 
Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. 
Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will. 
--Ezra Pound, "Patria Mia," New Age, September 18, 1912

When SC and I travelled to New York City, we prepared by gathering a stack of library books to read. There were a couple duds (which I have not included here), but I wanted to gather together a list for anyone who might be interested in learning about NYC through some good books.  Here is the list of those we read, grouped by category:
Fiction:
The Other Side of Town by Jon Agee



Another Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc




12 Days of New York by Tonya Bolden-Ford




Non-Fiction:

New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z by Laura Krauss Melmed



Bea on Broadway: A Story About New York by Karen Latchana Kenney




America the Beautiful: New York City by Dan Liebman, Ed.




Historical:

The New York Colony by Kevin Cunningham



Seeds of a Nation: New York by Stuart A. Kallen and P.M. Boekhoff




One Times Square by Joe McKendry




Joe and the Skyscraper by Dietrich Neumann, Trans. Anne Heritage




Empire State Building by Elizabeth Mann




We also read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg, together as a read-aloud.  Check out my review on What 2 Read Wednesday.  You can read more about what we did in New York City here.

Do you have a favorite New York City book, be it a picture book, children's book or otherwise?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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