cool childrens books

Need a gift idea for your niece’s fifth birthday (that you RSVPed for last year)? Or maybe looking at picture books helps you relax? Either way, here are three children’s titles, all out in June, that caught my eye in the mail pile: 

Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Life offers advice to children from animals – the wild geese, the rabbit in the field  –  who have weathered good times and bad.

Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Just in time for the Fourth of July, Blue Sky White Stars explores symbols of America, from a sunny baseball game to a spaceship blasting off at Cape Canaveral.

Renato and The Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo

Set in World War II Florence, Italy, Renato and The Lion tells the story of a boy, his favorite piazza and the stone lion statue there that makes him feel safe. His family is forced to flee to America because of the war, but decades later, when he finally makes it back, the statue is still standing.

- Intern Sydnee

Life images courtesy of Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Images; Blue Sky, White Stars images courtesy of Penguin Random House; Renato and The Lion images courtesy of Viking Books for Young Readers.


The Shepherdess and the chimney sweep by Ciaran
Via Flickr:
Illustrations for Hans Christian Andersons Fairy Tales By Jiri Trnka 1959


Chris Atkeson, Robotics Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is working with a team to try and build a real life Baymax.

 Dr. Atkeson and his team are actually the inspiration for Baymax as he was seen on the big screen, but this is currently what your future personal healthcare companion looks like!
KidsPost Summer Book Club: A fourth-grader wants to share her true self in ‘George’
Alex Gino weaves “Charlotte’s Web” into a story about identity.

Some cool new children’s books with trans characters!

Liv, a transgender boy, objects to the school dress code, which would force him to wear a skirt in The Pants Project by Cat Clarke. Readers ages 10 to 14 should look for Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart, a story about how two friends — Lily, a trans girl, and Dunkin, a boy with bipolar disorder — help each other during tough times. 


Queen Bessie Source: RAD American Women A-Z: Required reading for our girls. And definitely our boys.  Cool Mom Picks

Photo Ella, Flo-Jo, Grimke, Hazel Photo source: “Lola Loves… Rad American Women A-Z”

Happy Birthday to the great children’s author - and friend of the NYPL - Ms. Judy Blume! Ms. Blume visited the Library last year when the library unveiled its list of the 100 Great Children’s Books from the last 100 Years. Ms. Blume made the list herself with her classic Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingOf course you can find most of Judy Blume’s work at NYPL branches through Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. During her visit to the library last year, Ms. Blume took the photo taken above at our awesome NYPL photobooth that can be found at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Happy Birthday Judy Blume! 


Today in Cool Stuff in the Mail, we have Twelve Dancing Unicorns (out Sept. 2) by Alissa Heyman with illustrations by Justin Gerard. This hardcover children’s book is a spin-off of my absolute favorite fairy tale, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”. 

Apart from Heyman's adorable retelling of that beloved story and Gerard's shimmery artwork – they honestly had me at “unicorns”.

- Intern Cara