How can you tell that someone is a New Yorker? You’ll always find them carrying books to read on the subway!
I’ve spent a lot of time exploring and getting lost in New York, but one of my favorite ways to see the city is through books. (And as a New Yorker, I get most of my reading done on the subway, of course.) Reading stories set in this city has led me to seek out places mentioned in the books and engage with familiar surroundings in new ways. There’s definitely a reason why there are so many titles dedicated to the concrete jungle!
Here are some books that will bring you the magic of New York. Pick your favorite reading spot and whisk off to bookish adventures in the Big Apple.
- Tigers and Tea with Toppy by Barbara Kerley with Rhoda Knight Kalt, illustrated by Matte Stephens
- Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh
- River by Elisha Cooper (on sale October 1, 2019)
Young Reader & Middle Grade Books
- I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 (I Survived #6) by Lauren Tarshis
- Not if I Can Help It by Carolyn Mackler
- The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
- Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
- The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
- Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older
- The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
Young Adult Books
- The Shadowshaper Cypher series by Daniel José Older
- Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano
Plus, if your young reader is picking up any of these titles, make sure they're entering their reading minutes in the Scholastic Read-A-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge!