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The best kids' books about NYC

We've rounded up great kids' books about NYC that little urbanites will need to borrow from the library immediately

Written by
Danielle Valente

The best kids' books about NYC prove that even the youngest bibliophiles can't resist Gotham's literary charm! The five boroughs are home to fantastic libraries for kids, stellar book clubs for kids and boundless inspiration for authors (and junior authors who are penning their first novels in school).

There's something magical about this metropolis that enamors readers, writers and anyone who appreciates a good story. Our favorite kids' books about NYC—Eloise, Knuffle Bunny, The Secret Subway, to name a few—are all worthy of a spot on your children's wishlist and prove that this East Coast city has earned the title of greatest city in the world.

Make your way to the coolest bookstores for kids and help your little urbanites find their next favorite picture book. 

Best kids' books about NYC

Eloise is a "rawther" precocious little New Yorker who is fortunate enough to call The Plaza Hotel her home Naturally, such a famed Upper East Side institution is bound to experience a little turmoil when this youngster runs loose throughout the halls and meddles in visitors' affairs. You'd certainly be remiss to pass on Eloise's antics (, $12)! 

We can't blame this little pup for feeling a bit overwhelmed by NYC's subway system. In fact, encountering public transportation issues is essentially part of the urban hazing process, and Larry definitely gets his taste of train trouble. After he is separated from his family while underground, Larry embarks on an adventure throughout the five boroughs and visits some of NYC most famed attractions—Radio City, Coney Island—along the way (, $17). 


When young Bob Redman searched for a respite from the hustle and bustle of NYC, he turned to Central Park's tranquil green space. But it wasn't long before he attempted to make the city's communal backyard his own. Bob began to build tree houses, which became more and more intricate with each new secret hiding spot, and kept park workers on their toes. Though his creations were destroyed and his cover was blown, this real-life story has an ending you won't be able to resist (, $11)

Sleepover at the Museum 
Photograph: Courtesy AMNH + Crown Books for Young Readers

8. Sleepover at the Museum 

A night at the Museum of Natural History has been an inspiration for many a tale, and this time, Karen LeFrak's newly released picture book provides another glimpse at what happens on the Upper West Side when the lights go out (, $13)

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