New York Public Library: Why Children’s Books Matter

Children’s books are important. Any parent, teacher, librarian, children’s book author, and child can vouch for the role good literature plays in creating lifelong readers and shaping young lives.

The exhibit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter at the 42nd St. & Fifth Ave. branch  allows one to see how children’s books evolved from traditional primers to fully illustrated, multi-cultural tales, from Bible-based stories to Harry Potter. And it supplied a cool respite from the heat on a July day.

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

The original inspiration for Winnie the Pooh

The original inspiration for Winnie the Pooh


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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20 Responses to New York Public Library: Why Children’s Books Matter

  1. Colline says:

    I love children’s books – especially what is available now. They are wonderful engines to childrens’ imaginations, never mind literacy.


  2. OmaOrBubby says:

    I love kids’ books. Loved them as a child, and enjoyed the library experience. My daughter-in-law takes the kids to reading groups in the library and other such programs. I always marvel how children’s book authors take an ordinary dilemma and slice of life for a child and weave an adorable story around it – in such an imaginative way. I think children’s books are just as much fun (if not more) for adults! Great post.


  3. I have ALWAYS loved Winnie the Pooh!


  4. Judy says:

    Just walked by on my recent trip to New York. Wishing I could have stopped in. My daughter’s nickname to this day is pooh bear from our favorite “Winnie the Pooh”! I look forward to the day I can read children’s books to my grandchildren! I love children’s literature.


  5. Some of my favourite memories of my daughter’s childhoods are centred around reading together.

    Oh — and btw — I loved your mother’s post!


  6. I always loved books when I was growing up, and still read all the time. But it make me sad that my son (10 1/2), with a host of neurological differences, finds reading to be almost torture. He hates to have to read. And even with the world’s most awesome tutor, I can see that it’s going to be a long road for him. Right now, I’ve got him 2 Hank Zipzer books (by Henry Winkler, who has dyslexia) that I hope he will become interested in. Although, it seems that no matter what the story or adventure, the interest just isn’t there yet. One day…


  7. Goodnight Moon… *sigh*


  8. My husband courted me by reading his favorite children’s books to me. I think it’s no coincidence that he went on to become a librarian and I became a storyteller. Great post!


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