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      Our Subway Baby

      by Peter Mercurio

      Dec 2020

      City Elementary

      This gentle and incredibly poignant picture book tells the true story of how one baby found his home.

      “Some babies are born into their families. Some are adopted. This is the story of how one baby found his family in the New York City subway.”

      So begins the true story of Kevin and how he found his Daddy Danny and Papa Pete. Written in a direct address to his son, Pete’s moving and emotional text tells how his partner, Danny, found a baby tucked away in the corner of a subway station on his way home from work one day. Pete and Danny ended up adopting the baby together. Although neither of them had prepared for the prospect of parenthood, they are reminded, “Where there is love, anything is possible.”

      Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

      by Meg Medina

      Nov 2020

      City Elementary

      Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela’s best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today—not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it’s time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special.

      The tenderness of Meg Medina’s beautifully written story about friendship and change is balanced by Sonia Sánchez’s colorful and vibrant depictions of the girls’ urban neighborhood.

      Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood

      by Tony Hillery

      Oct 2020

      City Elementary

      In a big city called New York
      In a bustling neighborhood
      There was an empty lot.
      Nevaeh called it the haunted garden.

      Harlem Grown tells the inspiring true story of how one man made a big difference in a neighborhood. After seeing how restless they were and their lack of healthy food options, Tony Hillery invited students from an underfunded school to turn a vacant lot into a beautiful and functional farm. By getting their hands dirty, these kids turned an abandoned space into something beautiful and useful while learning about healthy, sustainable eating and collaboration.

      Pony on the Twelfth Floor

      by Polly Faber

      Sep 2020

      City Elementary

      Kizzy has always wanted a pony of her own. So when she finds a pony snacking on donuts in the grocery store, she instantly knows that she must have him — and what to name him. But there’s just one small problem: it’s not easy to hide a pony in an apartment complex!

      Enlisting the help of her best friend, Pawel, Kizzy manages to keep Donut fed, ride him around the park, and even hide him in her school’s garden. But Kizzy is finding it harder and harder to keep Donut a secret. Will she be able to give him up if it means finding him a better home?

      A heartwarming story about following your dreams — no matter how far-fetched they seem.

      Cityscape: Where Science and Art Meet

      by April Pulley Sayre

      Aug 2020

      City Elementary

      April Pulley Sayre has turned her keen photographic eye to the art and architecture that fills every city. Stunning photographs illuminate basic STEAM concepts such as geometry (lines, angles, and shapes), transportation, power, building, construction, balance, and community, while also celebrating the beauty, diversity, and magic of human creativity and the written word.

      A natural companion to the author’s acclaimed Thank You, Earth, this informational picture book features a rich, read-aloud text, remarkable full-color photographs, and excellent backmatter. Cityscape is an ideal resource for teaching how art, science, and design intersect and an accessible, awe-inspiring choice for story time.

      Becoming Kid Quixote: A True Story of Belonging in America

      by Sarah Sierra

      Jul 2020

      City Elementary

      I Belong is a memoir narrated by a nine-year-old Mexican American girl who lives in Brooklyn. At her after-school program, Still Waters in a Storm, children discuss and translate the original Spanish text of Don Quixote into English with the program’s founder, Stephen Haff. Using their translations, Sarah and the others write, create, and act out scenes that echo their own life stories and experiences, often focusing on how the government treats their families.

      This stirring memoir includes stories about Sarah’s life as the child of undocumented Mexican immigrants; how she grew from a painfully shy seven-year-old to a confident leader at nine; and her creative/imaginative experiences at Still Waters in a Storm with her beloved teacher.

      Zero Local: Next Stop: Kindness

      by Ethan Murrow

      Jun 2020

      City Elementary

      Train riders are used to stressful delays on the Zero Local line. But when a new passenger shows gratitude to the driver on their daily commute, tensions begin to ease. Eventually the artistic traveler stops riding the Zero Local line, and discord begins to creep back into the train car. Will the regular passengers find a way to restore the sense of camaraderie they once felt? Inspired by a true story, Ethan and Vita Murrow share with us a tender ode to the power of art and its ability to foster friendship and community in the most unlikely of places.

      Bodega Cat

      by Louie Chin

      May 2020

      City Elementary

      Bodega is a Spanish word for “grocery store,” but they are so much more than that. Bodegas are often a community cornerstone, a welcoming neighborhood haven, and in New York, an emblem of the city’s cultural diversity. And who knows these treasured institutions better than the cats who run them? (Or at least they think they do!)

      In Bodega Cat, a cat named Chip takes us through his bustling workday at the Matos family’s bodega: from receiving boxes in the morning and the breakfast rush, through counting inventory and making deliveries, to dinnertime with his family, when Papi cooks up some of the best Dominican food in the borough for their friends and neighbors. There is no rest for this busy kitty…except for when it’s time to chase pigeons with his brother Damian, or to take the occasional nap on the potato chip bags.

      Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island

      by Jennifer Thermes

      Sep 2019

      City Elementary

      From before its earliest settlement to the vibrant metropolis that exists today, the island of Manhattan has always been a place of struggle, growth, and radical transformation. Humans, history, and natural events have shaped this tiny sliver of land for more than 400 years. In Manhattan, travel back in time to discover how a small rodent began an era of rapid change for the island. Learn about immigration, the slave trade, and the people who built New York City. See how a street plan projected the city’s future, and how epic fires and storms led to major feats of engineering above and below ground. Through dramatic illustrations, informative sidebars, and detailed maps inspired by historic archives, Manhattan explores the rich history that still draws people from all around the world to the island’s shores today. From The Battery downtown up to Inwood, every inch of the island has a story to tell.

      Afterword. Time line. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations were created using watercolor, colored pencil, and ink.

      Albert's Quiet Quest

      by Isabelle Arsenault

      Aug 2019

      City Elementary

      Albert's home is very loud--and all he wants to do is read! He escapes outside for some peace, and thinks he's found it at last. But, one by one, his friends boisterously infiltrate his space until Albert just can't take it anymore...and snaps! How will his friends react? While they leave him alone at first, they slowly return...with books in hand.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in pencils, watercolor, and ink with digital coloration in Photoshop.

      Home Sweet Neighborhood: Transforming Cities One Block at a Time

      by Michelle Mulder

      Jun 2019

      City Elementary

      Picture a busy avenue. Now plant trees along the boulevard, paint a mural by the empty lot, and add a community garden. Set up benches along the sidewalks and make space for kids' chalk drawings, and you've set the scene for a thriving community. Placemaking—personalizing public and semi-private spaces like front yards—is a growing trend in cities and suburbs around the world, drawing people out of their homes and into conversation with one another. Kids are natural placemakers, building tree forts, drawing on sidewalks and setting up lemonade stands, but people of all ages can enjoy creative placemaking activities. From Dutch families who drag couches and tables onto sidewalks for outdoor suppers to Canadians who build little lending libraries to share books with neighbors, people can do things that make life more fun and strengthen neighborhoods.

      Resources. Glossary. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs.

      Tigers and Tea With Toppy

      by Barbara Kerley

      Jan 2019

      City Elementary

      Rhoda loves spending time with Toppy. He is not only her beloved grandpa, but also the world-famous wildlife artist Charles R. Knight! Every outing with Toppy -- from visits to the American Museum of Natural History and the Central Park Zoo to tea parties at The Plaza Hotel -- is filled with fun and adventure.
      Lovers of animals, art, natural history, and New York City will relish this vivacious and winsomely depicted true story. Presented through Rhoda's eyes, it celebrates the enchantment of scientific inquiry, a tender grandparent-grandchild bond, and the vision of a pioneering artist who opened our eyes to the wonders of the ancient world.
      Included in this book are more than a dozen of Charles R. Knight's original paintings and drawings, interspersed with Matte Stephens's winsome illustrations.
      Author’s and artist’s notes. Sources. Excerpt adapted from “How One Paints and Models an Animal” by Charles R. Knight. Black-and-white historical photographs and drawings. Full-color gouache illustrations.
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