From The ABC of it: Why Children’s Books Matter

imageSunday is a day for rest and relaxation. For me, it was a day to let go and tap into my inner child-like creativity and imagination. After an extremely hot yoga class at Yoga to the People on 38th Street, New York, NY I walked to Bryant Park. Bryant Park is a small public park in the borough of Manhattan that is adjacent to the New York Public Library.

I walked up the stairs of the public library for a quick browse. Little did I know that there was an awesome children’s book exhibit going on that examines children’s books and why they are so important. I even got to meet and get a book signed by the renowned children’s literary authority, Leonard S. Marcus! I explored the exhibit as wide eyed and curious as a toddler.

View my photos below:

 

Bryant Park

 

Show Me a Story!
Autographed book by Leonard S. Marcus

 

the abc of it

Where the Wild Things Are

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Where the Wild Things Are book exhibit
Where the Wild Things Are book exhibit

 

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

Two of my favorite children’s book classics:

 

1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

 

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon room

 

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This room brought back so many memories of my mother reading this book to me as a young child, so it was so sweet to see a father and his two little girls read together in the nook.

 

2. Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I may or may not have jumped up and down in excitement when I saw Eric Carle’s exhibit and his first paintings before the success of his children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. If you have not read this book, check it out now. Or, wait. Look at my photos first, then check it out!

 

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The Secret Garden
Beautifully designed The Secret Garden room with old manuscripts and text

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New York Public Library
New York Public Library

Thanks for exploring the exhibit with me! The sunset following this exhibit was extraordinary. Check it out on the tab below this one under “Photography Fun.”

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