Start spreading the news…..NYC has great places to visit from some of the best kids literature. From the Plaza Hotel to the Magnolia Bakery to the Metropolitan Museum of Art there are unlimited adventures in the Big Apple.
Eloise by Kay Thompson is the classic tale of the most precocious resident of the Plaza Hotel. No trip to New York City is complete without a walk past the iconic landmark Hotel, residence of Nanny, Weenie and of course Mr. Salomone. The Plaza offers a variety of Eloise experiences including a stay in the Eloise Suite, the Eloise Shop and Eloise Tea at the Palm Court. PB
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen bring the iconic lions outside the New York Public Library, at 5th Avenue & 42nd Street, to life. The tale of a rule following, library loving lion who teaches the staff that friendship is the most important thing in life. See the lions, Patience & Fortitude in person when you visit the library yourself. Then enjoy time in Bryant Park just behind the library. PB
A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino – Follow a boy and his dad as they take in all the iconic sights of New York City, from the Empire State Building to Greenwich Village, this is a delightful introduction to all NYC has to offer. PB
This Is New York is part of Miroslav Sasek’s lovely children’s travel series, first published in 1960. Take a tour of New York in this book that lovingly retains its original charm, yet is still fresh and engaging to a new generation of young travelers. PB
For younger readers You Can’t Take A Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser is a wonderful complement to the artwork and New York City. Visit the artwork on display in the book, and then extend your voyage across the city to see the sights the balloon visits. PB
Exploring every area of the MET could take days, so plan your visit to include your favorite areas from the book. When you need a break grab a hot dog from a street vendor and people watch on the front steps!
Dodsworth in New York Dodsworth is ready for adventure, ready to travel the world. Of course, first he stops for breakfast, but when he picks up a traveling companion at the diner, a naughty misbehaving Duck, things get interesting. Author Tim Egan sends Dodsworth on a crazy tour of New York filled with hijinks and hilarity. ER-1/2
Thea Stilton: Big Trouble in the Big Apple – The Thea Sisters are off to New York City so Nicky can run the Big Apple Marathon! When they take time to visit Pamela’s family, and enjoy the delicious food at the family pizzeria, they discover someone has been trying to burn the restaurant down! The Thea Sisters are on the case, ready to solve this mystery, save the pizzeria, and still find time for Nicky to run the race! As always, Thea Stilton books are filled with great non-fiction facts to complement the fun, exciting story. ER-3
The Mayor of Central Park It’s 1900 in New York City’s Central Park and Oscar Westerwitt, a sociable squirrel, manager of his baseball team and all around good guy is at the top of his game. But a group of n’er do well rats threaten to take over the park and kick all the other animal out, everyone turns to Oscar, a nature leader, to keep their home safe. MR-4
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Leslie M . M. Blume is a heartwarming story of 11 year old Cornelia and her life-altering friendship with her elderly neighbor. You can visit Cornelia’s favorite locations like the Westville Diner and the Magnolia Bakery in the West Village, NYC. However this story takes you on an adventure across the globe and back! MR/RA – 5
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg is the story of Claudia and her brother Jamie who run away from home, and run to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They take up residence in the museum determined to solve an art mystery. 1967 Newbery Award Winner MR/RA – 5/6
Masterpiece by Elise Broach – James, a boy, and Marvin, a beetle, share an apartment in NYC, and they form an unlikely friendship that leads them on an adventure of intrigue and suspense involving an art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. MR – 5/6
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald – Theo Tenpenny finds herself adrift after the sudden death of her eccentric grandfather. His last words haunt her and promise hidden treasure but when she discovers a secret painting under the top layer of paint of one of her grandfather’s paintings she begins to question everything she knew about him. To solve the mystery will require skill, research, and several new friends. Perhaps the greatest treasure of all will be finding the truth. MR-5/6
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle is the story of a misunderstood Broadway wanna-be who longs to get out of his small town and take a chance on a dream of seeing his name in lights. When Nate decides that dreams require desperate measures he takes off for the city that never sleeps, and takes New York by storm – or rather creates a storm as he auditions for ET: The Musical, struggles to find his identity, and brings his family together. Follow Nate on his journey as he discovers that not everything falls into place easily, but taking chances is the only way to discover who you are. MR -6