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Great kids’ books about New York City

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It’s kind of ironic how a tot can often get a better grasp of the City through a well-illustrated children’s book than by actually living here. To that end, we’re big fans of Adam Gamble’s Good Night New York City, Larry Gets Lost in New York City, by Michael Mullin and John Skewes, and You Can’t Take A Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum, by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser.

In search of a few more titles to add to our library, we asked some notable NYC parents to share their favorite kids’ books about the City.

Lights On Broadway, by Harriet Ziefert
“I love to read Lights On Broadway to my 2-year-old son, Mac, because he can feed off my passion for the theatre—and because it comes with a CD (and I just love to “Sing-A-Book”). —Marni Konner, founder of Little Maestros

This is New York, by Miroslav Sasek
“My children love the fold outs and the illustrations in This is New York, as they have thousands of details. Every time you look at it you find something new, which is true about New York as well.” —Carolina Zapf, president of Baby CZ

Subway, by Anastasia Suen
“Our favorite NYC book is Subway by Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Karen Katz. It is not overtly about New York City, but one look at the pictures and the details of the subway this can only be only one subway system: NYC.  It is quintessentially New York: assumptive, fast, crowded, and unambiguously multicultural, and like no where else in the world.”  —Stefan Gerard, co-founder of Gen Art  

ABC NYC, by Joanne Dugan
“In ABC NYC, each letter in the alphabet is found somewhere on the streets of New York (in neon lights, carved into the sidewalk, etc.) and has a New York symbol, location, or icon to go with it—like F is for Flatiron building.  The letters and the pictures are beautiful and my boys loved recognizing the images from living in the City.”  —Allison Schlanger, apple seeds co-founder
The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown
The Curious Garden is a great story about the power of one child who has a vision. It has an environmental theme, and the illustrations become more vibrant as the garden blooms. The message is strong and our kids really love reading it over and over again. It is inspired by the High Line, which is one of our favorite family friendly spots in the City.” —Lynn Husum, Appaman co-founder