“Why Children’s Books Matter” at NYPL!


emma abc of it

 Yesterday, I took a brisk walk from our Midtown office to the famous New York Public Library on 5th Avenue to check out a great exhibit recommended by one of our sitters, called Why Children’s Books Matter. It will be open through September 7th, and the general hours are 10 am – 6 pm. Bring your #sensiblekids–it’s a must-see!

Guys, this exhibit is AWESOME! I felt so much nostalgia as I meandered through the extensive displays of most-loved books from all different eras. It was so fun to read about all of the authors and origins of the stories. Here are some highlights from my visit:


doodle wall

 First of all, I absolutely LOVE all the artwork. It makes the whole exhibit very visually appealing and as interesting for kids as adults.

I am obsessed with the Goodnight Moon room…

goodnight moon

You can sit and read the book on the windowsill (in English AND Spanish!)


Mary poppins

The Mary Poppins area was great too–you

can watch clips of the movie and take a look at her famous umbrella!

They also had the stuffed animals that inspired A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh on display–very old and worn out, but still intact after almost 100 years. So cool.


Where the Wild Things Are was one of my most favorite books when I was little, so needless to say–I loved this.


It’s all furry on the other side!wild things

There were also display cases lining the walls, showing the history of children’s books and how they’ve changed. I thought this book was so awesome:

Sewing book

A sewing book with actual miniature examples inside?! I would have loved this when I was little!


I had a Madeline doll growing up, and used to want to be just like her (seriously, I DREAMED of getting my appendix out and spent hours lying awake at night looking for bunny-shaped cracks in the ceiling).

This reading spot was perfect. Just like the archway in the book–Paris, anyone?

And, don’t worry–there are plenty of fun things for boys too, like a section about comic books, complete with antique action figures!

There are many, many more fun things to see and interesting things to read, but I don’t want to give them all away! Head down to NYPL through September to check out this great exhibit with your #sensiblekids…or without. ;)

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