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      Over in Motown

      by Debbie Ann Taylor

      Apr 2020

      City Elementary

      An energetic picture book celebrating the musical genres and rhythms of industry that fueled Detroit in the Motown era.

      Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure

      by Sean Rubin

      Mar 2020

      City Elementary

      When Sybil learns her friend Bolivar, the last dinosaur, only likes corned beef sandwiches, she informs him that he’s been missing out on one of the great attributes of New York City and it’s rich communities—delicacies from around the world! Knishes! Falafel! Dim Sum! And it wouldn’t be a story in the Big Apple without pizza…

      Explore the five boroughs—Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan—in this lushly illustrated “Discovery Adventure” from Eisner-nominated writer and artist Sean Rubin, where kids and parents alike search for their favorite foods, and find other sights unique to one of the greatest cities in the world!

      Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

      The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue

      by Karina Yan Glaser

      Jan 2020

      City Elementary

      For the Vanderbeeker kids of Harlem’s 141st Street, spring break couldn’t be off to a better start. Isa’s back from band camp, Oliver’s building his first-ever treehouse in the backyard of the brownstone, and Laney, Jess, and Hyacinth are excited to help their mother when she gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to star in a cooking magazine.

      But the Vanderbeekers’ plans go off the rails when an unexpected visit from city officials puts their mother’s bakery in jeopardy. Now they’ll have to band together to save the day before they’re out of business. Perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and Front Desk.

      Some Places More Than Others

      by Renée Watson

      Dec 2019

      City Elementary

      All Amara wants is to visit her father's family in Harlem. Her wish comes true when her dad decides to bring her along on a business trip. She can't wait to finally meet her extended family and stay in the brownstone where her dad grew up. Plus, she wants to visit every landmark from the Apollo to Langston Hughes's home. But her family, and even the city, is not quite what Amara thought. Her dad doesn’t speak to her grandpa, and the crowded streets can be suffocating as well as inspiring. But as she learns more and more about Harlem—and her father’s history—Amara realizes how, in some ways more than others, she can connect with this other home and family.

      This is a powerful story about family, the places that make us who we are, and how we find ways to connect to our history across time and distance.

      My Winter City

      by James Gladstone

      Nov 2019

      City Elementary

      A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trudge through the snow, their dog bounding along beside them. A slushy, steamy bus ride takes them to the tobogganing hill for some winter fun. That night, the boy lies awake under cozy covers, reflecting on the day.

      Full-color watercolor illustrations.

      Small in the City

      by Sydney Smith

      Oct 2019

      City Elementary

      When you're small in the city, people don't see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it's like, and knows the neighborhood.  That makes for some pretty good advice for a small feline friend.

      Like, alleys can be good shortcuts, but some are too dark.

      Or, there are lots of good hiding places in the city, like under a mulberry bush or up a walnut tree.

      And, if the city is too loud and scary, a small cat can always just go back home, where it's safe and quiet.

      Full-color illustrations were created using ink, watercolor, and a bit of gouache.

      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.

      Right as Rain

      by Lindsey Stoddard

      May 2019

      City Elementary

      It’s been almost a year since Rain’s brother Guthrie died, and her parents still have no idea that it’s all Rain’s fault. In fact, no one does—Rain buried her secret deep, no matter how heavy it weighs on her heart. When her mom suggests moving the family from Vermont to New York City, Rain agrees to the plan. But she couldn’t have imagined how different life in the big city would be. She’s never seen so many people squished together in one place in her entire life—or felt more like an outsider. With her mom and dad fighting more than ever and the anniversary of Guthrie’s death approaching, Rain is determined to keep her family together, and her big secret close to her heart.

      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.

      This Is My Eye: A New York Story

      by Neela Vaswani

      Nov 2018

      City Elementary

      It's not what you look at, it's what you see! Take a journey through New York City as it might be seen by a child through a camera lens.

      Author’s note. Full-color photographs taken on a smartphone and a refurbished digital SLR camera.
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