Judy Blumesday at Symphony Space

Thalia Kids' Book Club events at New York City's Symphony Space promise lively discussions between children's book authors and the kids who read and love their books. Judy Blume, a super-star author for readers of all ages, will be honored at Symphony Space Sunday, February 4 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the enduring nature of her work. Blume's books ("Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing," "Freckle Juice," "Pain and the Great One," "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret") include many modern classics whose passages will be performed by actors and read by authors and other special guests throughout the two events: the first for kids (3:00 p.m.) and the second for adults (6:00 p.m.). Young audience members (ideal age is eight to 12 years old) are invitied to participate by asking questions and writing stories of their own inspired by Blume's works. For ticket information, visit https://www.symphonyspace.org/event/9825/Family-Literature/judy-blumesda.... This event is sponsored by Bank Street Book Store.

Occasions for Reading Pleasure

Although February is a short month, it presents many occasions for reading with children to enhance understandings and enjoy time together. Here is a short list of titles to consider for the month ahead. All ages will learn and hopefully love the books featured at Bank Street Book Store for Black History Month, Valentine's Day, and Chinese New Year.

"Child's Introduction to African American History" by Jabari Asim

"Worm Loves Worm" by J. J. Austrian

"Unbound: A Novel in Verse" by Ann Burg 

"Awakening the Dragon" by Arlene Chan 

"Let the Children March" by Monica Clark-Robinson

"Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac" by Christopher Corr

"Animals Spell Love" by David Cundy

"Love" by Matt de la Pena

"Rookie on Love" by Tavi Gevinson

"Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History" by Vashti Harrison

"This Is NOT a Valentine" by Carter Higgins

"March Book One" by John Lewis

"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin

"Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down" by Andrea Davis Pinkney

"Betty Before X" by Ilyasah Shabazz

"Red Hat" by David Teague 

"Celebrating the Chinese New Year" by Sam Tuttle

"From the Heart of Africa: A Book of Wisdom" by Eric Walters

"American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang

"Be a Friend" by Salina Yoon



Honoring Martin Luther King: Profile in Courage

On Monday, January 15, we remember one of America's finest: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an activist, thinker, and believer who has left a lasting mark on our country's civil rights history. Read about Dr. King's courage and compassion in these books for children -- a range of titles that reinforce King's continuing importance in all of our lives.

"Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King" by Jean Marzollo

"My Dream of Martin Luther King" by Faith Ringgold

"Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr."? by Bonnie Bader

"Martin Luther King, Jr. Peaceful Leader" by Sarah Albee

"I Am Martin Luther King, Jr." by Brad Meltzer

"Martin Luther King, Jr." by Josh Gregory

"Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Doreen Rappaport

"Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" by Andrea Davis Pinkney

"Martin Luther King, Jr." by Kitson Jazynka

"My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Martin Luther King III