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

New Back to School Reads!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kathy Gerber on Sep 14, 2018

Just like new school supplies, there is something exciting about being the first person to read a brand-new book. These back-to-school titles were all published in 2018. We promise that you will be among the first to read them!   Adventures to School: Real-Life Journeys of Students from Around the World written by Baptiste Paul Children all around the world go to school. Whether they're from Japan, Ukraine, Pakistan, or the United States, all students have the desire to learn about our world and shape the future. Check the Catalog It's...

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It was a busy summer at Cortelyou Library with the library serving summer meals every day, volunteer book buddies and Summer Youth employees working hard, and of course, lots of programs for the whole family! One local family who made the library part of their summer fun was Katherine Guzman and her mother, Guadalupe Oliveri. Katherine and her mom spent an enjoyable summer afternoon completing the 2018 Books & Beats Summer Reading Game Board challenge. Activities for children were divided into three age categories: 0-5, 6-12 and tween/teen. Since Katherine is a second grader, she...

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Thank you to Children's Librarian Hasina Islam for submitting this Summer Reading story from the Kantrowitz Family! Meet the Kantrowitz Family Cara: I was born in Brooklyn, but didn't actually grow up here. My husband and I moved here after I finished graduate school and started working for the Department of Education. I've always loved to read. I immediately got a library card and was constantly maxing out the number of books on hold at a time. Now that our kids are (almost!) 5 and 16 months, we spend SO MUCH time at the library. We meet friends, attend...

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As Summer Reading 2018 comes to a close, we'd like to feature some of our all-star patrons who participated in the program! Meet Tatyana and Sofiya My family came to the USA from Ukraine 25 Years ago. To start a new life was not easy at all. But everyone was full of hope and desire to learn, work, and succeed. Friends introduced my daughter to the Windsor Terrace Library. That was a lot of help for her. She was a very shy teenage girl. With support from the librarians, she started reading books. High school studying was very challenging, but she never gave up. My mother-in-law...

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As Summer Reading 2018 comes to a close, we'd like to feature some all-star patrons who rocked it out with us this summer! Meet the Millers from Canarsie Library The Millers are very special patrons at the Canarsie Library.  Rayne and Gerard Miller, both originally from Grenada, now live in Canarsie with their two children, five-year-old Maisyn, and two-year-old Maliyah.  Rayne never had the opportunity to go to college, but wants the best for her kids.  She says, “Education is key.  You have to know how to read, write, and explain yourself.  It doesn...

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Baseball Book Review 2018 Contest Winners!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kimberly Grad on Aug 24, 2018

On August 16, we joined our friends at New York Public Library at Yankee Stadium for the afternoon game with the Tampa Bay Rays to celebrate the winners of the Summer 2018 Baseball Book Review contest. Congratulations to Brooklyn Public Library’s winners Frankie Kuzler, age 8 and Lucas Miller, Age 13. Check out their winning reviews! Frankie Kuzler, age 8 Review of Sports Illustrated Kids’ Big Book of Who: Baseball: The 101 Stars Every Fan Needs to Know, by Mark Bechtel My name is Frankie Kuzler and this is a review of a book called Big Book of Who: Baseball. It features...

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Summer Reading Highlight: Middle School Books

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Beanbag Amerika on Aug 22, 2018

Are you a middle school student (or the parent of a middle school student) who put off doing summer reading until the last week before school starts back up? First, we recommend of course that you read consistently all summer. But if that ship has sailed, we've still got you covered with some great middle school appropriate titles from our Summer Reading Booklist. And there's still a smidgen of time to visit your local library branch and pick up a Summer Reading gameboard. Collect stickers for reading books, attending library programs, and participating in other music-themed activities, to...

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Summer Reading Highlight: Books for Grades 4-5

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on Aug 15, 2018

Looking for good summer reads for 4th and 5th grade? Look no further -- here is a list of tried and true, librarian-approved summer reads from our Summer Reading Booklist.  If you haven't already done so, stop by your local branch to pick up your Summer Reading Gameboard. Kids can win prizes by reading library books, coming to library events, and celebrating this year's music theme 'Books & Beats.' Without further ado, here are the books: FICTION Anne of Green Gables (graphic novel) written by Mariah Mardsen, illustrated by Brenna Thummler In this...

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Summer Reading Highlight: Books for Grades 2-3

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Christina Ferrari on Aug 7, 2018

By mid Summer, it can be hard for young readers to stay motivated with their reading. So, next time you head out to the beach or pool, bring along one of these fun options from our Summer Reading Booklist. It will help them continue the momentum of reading, and keep their growing minds in tiptop shape! If you haven't stopped by your local branch yet, make sure to visit and pick up our Summer Reading gameboard. Kids can collect stickers by reading books, attending library programs, and making music this summer. Complete the gameboard and you will be...

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Summer Reading Highlight: Books for Grades K-1

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Juanita James on Aug 1, 2018

Looking for some books to read to your little ones entering Kindergarten or 1st Grade? Check out these suggestions from our Summer Reading Booklist. 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.   Grandma's Records By Eric Velasquez The author describes his boyhood summers spent at his...

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Summer Reading Highlight: Books for Preschool & Pre-K

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Elena Rivera on Jul 25, 2018

Tired of reading the same three books with your little one? Over and over again?  On the hunt for new titles?  No problem.  Take a look at our nifty  Summer Reading Booklist for some reading inspiration! 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.   Bee-Bim Bop! By Linda Sue Park,...

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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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