Fun books and activities for kids from our children's librarians.

Summer Reading Highlight: Books for Toddlers

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Beanbag Amerika on Jul 19, 2018

Got a toddler who's tearing up the place this summer? Looking for some fun books to read together? We've got you covered! Check out our Summer Reading Booklist for some titles sure to please you and your little one! If you haven't stopped by your local branch yet, make sure to visit and pick up our Summer Reading gameboard. Collect stickers by reading books with your young one, visiting library programs, and doing early literacy building activities this summer, and you will be entered into our grand prize bookset giveaway.   Alphabet Family Band by Sarah Jones In a...

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Summer Reading Highlight: Books for Babies

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on Jul 11, 2018

Looking for great books to share with your baby this summer? Look no further -- here are some engaging books from our Summer Reading Booklist that you and your young one will enjoy! If you haven't stopped by your local branch yet, go visit and pick up our Summer Reading gameboard. You can win prizes and a chance to win a free bookset by reading books with your young one, visiting library programs, and doing early literacy building activities this summer.    The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz Ride along (and sing along!) with these adorable babies....

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Kindergarten: Am I Ready?

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Jessica Ralli on Jul 2, 2018

  On June 26th, Pre-K and Pre-K-for-All programs all around the city graduated a new crop of Kindergarteners-to-be! My son was one of them, which made my job as Coordinator of BPL’s Ready, Set, Kindergarten! program all too real, hitting close to home in a brand new way.  Even though I think about Kindergarten readiness as my job, I was not prepared for how it made me feel as a parent.  It prompted me to think in a new way about all the many, sometimes mixed messages we get from varied sources about Kindergarten readiness, and to try to distill it to the most important...

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Book Talk: Children's Picture Books About Mindfulness

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Stefanie Sinn on Jun 6, 2018

Despite its status as a buzzword these days, mindfulness is an essential life tool. Studies show that people of all ages benefit from mindfulness practices. Children who learn these tools are able to focus better in school, they are less anxious, more confident and creative, and more likely to become leaders among their peers. By instilling mindfulness in children at a young age, they will be able to carry these lessons with them into adulthood as old friends, instead of struggling to create new habits as is often the case when we are already grown. This list is by no means exhaustive...

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Read & Play: Bilingual Storytime

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on May 31, 2018

Hello!  | ¡Hola! | Salut! | ہیلو! |  你好 | Здравствуйте! | שלום! | こんにちは! You guessed it -- the Brooklyn Library offers multilingual storytimes! They are a great way to introduce your young child to new languages, or enforce languages already spoken at home. Beyond that, multilingualism in young children has shown to be positive for brain plasticity and executive function. Click here for a list of our multilingual storytimes! Our multilingual storytimes are generously supported by the City's First Readers, an initiative of the New York City Council....

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Library Lab: Engineering Fun with the Egg Drop Challenge

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Danielle Winter on May 10, 2018

Egg Drop Contraption w/Coffee Filter Parachute   I love tinkering with high-tech applications, circuits, and robotics to answer difficult science questions, but it's important to remember you don't need fancy and expensive materials to be a researcher.  With a walk through your kitchen and some rummaging through your closet, you can find materials to become an engineer and scientist. At Kensington branch, we made egg contraptions from recycled materials, pipe cleaners, coffee filters, and straws to protect raw eggs from a high fall.  We set down newspaper and a...

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Kids Create: Mother’s Day Felt Banner

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Elena Rivera on May 10, 2018

Nothing says "I love you mom" like a handmade gift from the heart.  Create a sweet felt banner to express your love and appreciation for the special mom in your life. Materials:   Felt Dowel (or branch, popsicle stick, chopstick) Twine Pom Pom Glue Scissors   Instructions: Fold felt in half and cut from inside to outside to create pointed bottom.  Cut out and glue desired shapes and words to decorate banner.  Fold banner slightly over dowel and glue. Attach twine from one end of dowel to the other....

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Read & Play: The Big Brooklyn Playdate

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Jenn Wagner on Apr 20, 2018

  What do a pool full of shredded paper, stack of foam blocks, and sticky wall begging to be covered in an array of colors and textures have in common? They’re all explorations awaiting babies and toddlers at the Big Brooklyn Playdate! On the day of the Playdate, children ages 0-3 and their caregivers enter a magical world of play and learning at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. Hands-on, open-ended activities, known as Play Recipes, not only enchant and engage children, but activate their brains and spark learning. Pulling a colorful scarf out of a tissue box is...

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Book Talk: Spring New Books

Posted in BKLYN Kids by The Children's Book Showcase Committee on Apr 18, 2018

Twice a year, in the spring and fall, the Children's Book Showcase Committee holds a meeting to present some of the highlights of recently published kids' books. Committee members each choose three or four titles from a subcategory of books: picture books, fiction for younger readers, fiction for school-age readers, graphic novels, non-fiction, etc. See below for some of the highlights of the highlights of this spring's picks. Neither written and Illustrated by Airlie Anderson In the Land of This and That, everyone is either one way or the other. Neither does not fit in. So...

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Library Lab: Raspberry Pi Cloud Lamp

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on Apr 5, 2018

The kids and teens at the Clarendon Branch have been busy building and programming a fantastic cloud lamp! This marvel of math and science was wired by the kids using a breadboard, and coded in Python by the teens using a Raspberry Pi.  Check out these wiz kids in action. . .   Check out these wiz kids in action. . . The cloud lamp goes through a series of animations depicting sunshine, rain, a thunderstorm, overcast skies, and finally a sunset. It was a bit of work programming all the different loops for our LED strip, but it all came together with...

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BPL Kids Present: El día de los niños/El día de los libros

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kalliopi Mathios & Christina Ferrari on Apr 4, 2018

    At Brooklyn Public Library, we're gearing up for Día celebrations across the borough on or around April 30th. Check our events page for an updated list of Día programs happening in our branch libraries. Día as an acronym stands for Diversity In Action, and aims to celebrate diverse communities and literature.  El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy...

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Kids Create: DIY Block Printing

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Elena Rivera on Mar 21, 2018

Create a fun block print with your little ones while learning about different shapes, patterns and textures. Materials: Cardboard Glue Scissors Paint Paint Brush Paper   Instructions: Divide cardboard into two pieces (you will be using once piece as the base of your design and the second piece as the material for your stamp shapes).  Peel one piece of cardboard to reveal corrugated side. Using your freshly peeled corrugated cardboard, cut out a variety of shapes and arrange and glue on to cardboard base.  You now have made a...

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Library Lab: Spinning Noisemakers

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Brian Muldoon on Mar 19, 2018

These spinning noisemakers are easy to make and will teach young patrons about how different sorts of vibrations can produce different sounds. The kids had a blast making and playing with these during one of my recent Library Lab sessions. It was really cool to see the variations in sound their noisemakers could produce as they experimented with and fine tuned their designs. Some of their noisemakers were so loud!  Just make sure you’ve got plenty of space for the kids to whip their creations around, otherwise it can get a little chaotic. Check out the instructions below!...

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Book Talk: Growl

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Beanbag Amerika on Mar 15, 2018

Here at the BKLYN Kids Blog, we endeavor to post new content every Thursday. The reason that this post is going live just over the wire (it is 12:44am on Friday as I am about to hit "publish") is not entirely because I am a procrastinator, but because it has changed form, changed tone, grown and shrunk a number of times since I started working on it a few weeks ago. It began, when in the lead up to the Academy Awards, I saw an infographic illustrating the percentage of lines in Oscar winning films spoken by men vs those spoken by women. The results are unfortunately not hard to surmise but no...

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Kids Create: Read Across Brooklyn 2018

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kalliopi Mathios on Mar 6, 2018

On March 2nd, Brooklyn Public Library celebrated Read Across America with a special reading of Edward Gets Messy by BPL's own Rita Meade. Read Across America is an annual initiative of the National Education Assocation to raise awareness and motivation for reading among children of all ages. In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA's Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role...

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BPL Kids Presents: Black History Month

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Christina Ferrari on Feb 26, 2018

During February, Brooklyn Public Library celebrated Black History Month with a variety of programs for all ages. These programs provided opportunities to learn more about, and celebrate, the important contributions by African Americans to art, literature, science, sports, and pop culture. Here's a look back at some of the wonderful family programs and events offered throughout the Brooklyn Public Library branches this past month: Cortelyou Cortelyou Branch welcomed local author Harriet Hyman Alonso, who read and discussed her new novel for children ages 8-12...

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Library Lab: Engineer Fun with Homemade Catapults

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kathy Gerber on Feb 20, 2018

Engineer Fun with Homemade Catapults National Engineers Week, Feb 18-24, is a week-long celebration of engineering designed to get children and their families more familiar with the world of engineering. Check out their web site at for lots of fun activities to make engineering come to life for children. And, consider registering to become a Girl Day Role Model on Thursday, Feb. 22 by planning a fun engineering activity for girls. A perfect activity for engineering week is catapult engineering. We made catapults during a recent Library Lab at Cortelyou Library; not...

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Kids Create: Thankful Tree

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Liz Blake on Feb 14, 2018

  No matter the season, it’s important to remember the many things we have to be thankful for. One of my favorite traditions that has developed over the last couple of years at Cortelyou is creating a seasonal “thankful tree” on the bulletin board in our meeting room, inviting patrons young and old to take a minute to reflect and write down something they are thankful for. This is a passive program and patrons can choose to add to the board whenever they are attending a program in the meeting room. The best part is, it requires minimal effort to create this beautiful...

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Book Talk: Mock Newbery and Caldecott Awards

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Emily Heath on Feb 7, 2018

The Newbery and Caldecott Awards (the "Oscars of the children's book world") are presented annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The John Newbery Medal was established in 1922, and is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children up to the age of fourteen. It has customarily been given to works of fiction for middle-grade readers, but in recent years has been awarded to graphic novels, picture books, works of poetry, and nonfiction as well. The Randolph Caldecott Medal was...

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Read and Play: Teddy Bear Sleepover!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Eric Horwitz on Jan 30, 2018

There are probably lots of kids who would love to stay overnight at the library. Unfortunately we can't let them, but at the Gerritsen Beach Library we discovered the next best thing. The Teddy Bear Sleepover let kids come over for a pajama party and then leave their stuffed animals behind for a night of fun. The kids came for a storytime and a movie, and then signed "permission slips" for the stuffed animals to stay overnight. We then took pictures of the great night the stuffed animals had. Here's one of them playing ping pong: This Ninja Turtle got hungry and called for pizza...

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