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2016 New York Public Library 100 Best Books for Kids

The Night Gardener

Illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and...

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Illustrated by Raúl Colón
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 05, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

“A finely told, beautifully illustrated biography that saves a world class scientist from obscurity.” —School Library Journal, starred review “An ideal...

As Brave As You

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: May 03, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

Kirkus Award Finalist Schneider Family Book Award Winner Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book In this “pitch-perfect contemporary novel” (Kirkus...


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This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Ghost...

Some Kind of Happiness

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 17, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Reality and fantasy collide in this heartfelt and mysterious novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Bridge to Terabithia, about a girl who must save a...

You Can Fly

The Tuskegee Airmen
This edition: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publication date: May 03, 2016
Ages: 9 - 12

Award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford’s innovative history in verse celebrates the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: pioneering African-American...

Freedom Over Me

Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 6 - 10

Newbery Honor Book Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Using original slave auction and plantation estate...

Ada's Violin

The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 03, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an...

I Dissent

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make...

2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Teens

We Are the Ants

This edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication date: January 19, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the “author to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or...

The V-Word

True Stories about First-Time Sex
Compiled by Amber J. Keyser
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: February 02, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

An honest and poignant collection of essays by women about losing their virginity in their teens. The V-Word captures the complexity of this important...