NYPL released a list of 125 children’s books from the last 125 years to help spark a child’s love of reading.
“125 Kids Books We Love” is available to view online and was curated by expert librarians. It’s a follow-up to “125 Books We Love” released by the library on Valentine’s Day featuring titles for adults.
This list is geared to help parents encourage kids to keep reading during the coronavirus pandemic while schools are closed.
Research from the Northwest Evaluation Association shows that children typically lose about 20% of their literary skills over summer vacations. A recent report from the organization suggests that learning loss due to coronavirus school closures will be even worse, with as much as 30% of literacy gains lost.
“The best way to honor our anniversary is to be true to our mission and support the people of our City, who are going through a period of unprecedented challenges,” said NYPL President Anthony W. Marx.
“The hope is that these magical, timeless titles provide a much-needed positive distraction, support for remote learning, discussion that brings people together around books, and maybe a challenge goal to achieve over the summer: can you read them all?
Children’s librarians across the organization compiled the list to include books — many of which still resonate years later — that inspire a love of reading and remind kids why reading is enjoyable.
Elements such as popularity over the last 125 years, diverse voices and opinions of reading experts were taken into consideration. The titles are for children ages 0-12.
The list includes a wide range of titles, including “Corduroy,” the “Amelia Bedelia” series, “Charlotte’s Web,” “Goodnight Moon” and the “Harry Potter” series.
“This list is tribute to that excitement and nostalgia, but also to our role helping families find their next great reading experience,” said Lynn Lobash, the library’s assistant director of readers services. “For families trying to cope during a difficult time, for kids who want to get lost in a good book, and for parents trying to model readers, we hope this list is a good starting point.”
NYPL will release its final “Books We Love” list in the fall, with “125 Books We Love for Teens.” The library will release content around its kids’ list all summer and host virtual activities and programs for young bibliophiles. To stay up to date with NYPL’s schedule, readers can sign up for their newsletter.
Meanwhile, check out this special anniversary video, “Reading Brings Us Together,” featuring 125 people — writers, actors, artists, and NYPL staff members — sharing books they love and celebrating the NYPL.