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The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter (slide show)

A new show at the New York Public Library showcases children's books and related artifacts that explore the necessity of great literature for kids.

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    "The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

Photograph: Alex Strada

"The ABC's of It: Why Children's Books Matter"

It can be a major blast from the past when we read a children’s book now that we used to read all the time as kids. Visitors to the new exhibit at the main branch of the NYPL, "The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter," can also travel back in time as they see how children’s literature has changed through the years in different places around the world. The show, designed by Pure+Applied, features more than 200 books and objects from the NYPL collection that celebrate the richness and diversity of children’s books, revealing new things about their time periods and the kids they have delighted. Young visitors can walk through a fur wall, which pays homage to Where the Wild Things Are; explore a rabbit hole in celebration of Alice in Wonderland; and stand inside a 3-D replica of the room depicted in Good Night Moon. They can also check out such objects as cutouts Hans Christian Andersen used when telling stories and the car and endpaper map found in The Phantom Tollbooth. Nooks where families can read together are scattered throughout the exhibit. Click through the slide show above to check out photos from the new exhibit, which will be on display in the Stephen A. Schwartzman Buidling's Gottesman Exhibition Hall from Friday, June 21 through March 2014. Admission is free.


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