Children’s Literature


Recommended by the NPR Summer Reading Series

By Jack Gantos

Formats: print and downloadable audiobook

Author’s Website

New York Times Book Review

Video interview with Patrick Flanery

Publisher Description
In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. Read more…

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By Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Format: print

View in the Library Catalog

Author Chat with Jacqueline Woodson (NYPL)

Author’s Website

Illustrator’s Website

Interview with the Illustrator

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By Walter Dean Myers

Format: print

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Children’s Book Envoy Defines His Mission – New York Times article about Myers’s role as national ambassador for young people’s literature.

To Do Well In Life, You Have To ‘Read Well’ – NPR Interview

About the Artist
“Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, including Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, Jazz, and Harlem. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and the inaugural recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the 1994 recipient of the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring an author for a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” He is considered one of the preeminent writers for children.” Read more…

By Ellen Levine; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Format: print

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Art of Kadir Nelson

Interview with Kadir Nelson

The Author Reads Henry’s Freedom Box Aloud

About the Artist
“Kadir Nelson is an award-winning American artist whose works have been exhibited in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries, and museums. Nelson earned a Bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and has since created paintings for a host of distinguished clients including Sports Illustrated, The Coca-Cola Company, The United States Postal Service, Major League Baseball, and Dreamworks SKG where he worked as a visual development artist creating concept artwork for feature films, “Amistad”, and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”. Many of Nelson’s paintings are in the collections of notable institutions and public collections, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as in the private collections of actors, professional athletes, and musicians.”

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