Why Children’s Books Matter

November 14th, 2013 by melissa y.
Back in July, we told you about an exhibit at the NY Public Library called, The ABC of It:  Why Children’s Books Matter.  This past Tuesday, Melissa and I finally went and saw it.  We were blown away.  This FREE exhibit was so wonderful and so well-thought out, we were really sorry we waited so long.  The show is curated to illustrate the evolution of children’s literature and to explain it’s influence in our society.  From the very first children’s book, The New-England Primer, to stepping into a life-sized Goodnight Moon set, there is something for everyone.

Kids will definitely enjoy this exhibit, no matter what their age.  A very young child will be in awe of the building (be sure to say hi to Patience and Fortitude – the lions) and the interactive aspects of the exhibit and there is also plenty for the older child to read and discover in the more historical side of the exhibit.

Here are a few of our highlights.  We apologize ahead of time for the quality of the photos, the light was a little difficult in the library.  The exhibit is currently open thru Sunday, March 23, 2014.  It is at the main library in NYC at 5th and 42nd street.  Enjoy!

As discussed, the life-sized Goodnight, Moon set. Awesome.

Watch Alice...

She grows!

Vintage Book Week posters.

The original stuffed animals that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh!

Did you know Viking Press rejected the original manuscript for Madeline? They thought she was too naughty. Simon and Schuster had the last laugh.


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