Monday, September 9, 2013

The ABC of It: Why Picture Books Matter
I recently got back from a whirlwind New England/New York City trip! One of the highlights was going to visit the lions outside the New York Public Library in Manhattan and seeing the current NYPL exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Picture Books Matter.

The exhibit was incredible. To list just a few of my favorite things, there were two hand painted William Blake prints from Songs of Innocence, a little car that looks like it came straight out of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth (I had to wait impatiently for a little girl to vacate the car so I could sit in it and make my friend take a picture), the bedroom from Goodnight Moon recreated so you  could walk right through it,  a fuzzy cutout of one of the monsters from Where The Wild Things Are, a constantly growing and diminishing Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and a telephone you can pick up to listen to E.B. White read from Charlotte’s Web.

If you’re not planning to head to NYC anytime soon, stop by our library’s children’s area to revisit  your favorite books from childhood, and maybe share them with a special little one in your life.


  1. Alice, I am so impressed by your talents and gifts to the NPL. First, the banned book exhibit is superb in content and design, the visual impact incredible! Second, this great piece on the NYPL "ABC, Why Picture Books Matter" another visual treat. Also appreciate stopping by the "NYPL Lions" Just know that we are so appreciative of your excellence and outreach.
    Patti Littlehales