New York Themed Picture Books (Part 1)

There are so many fantastic New York themed picture books that I’m going to dive right in!


You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum by Jaqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser is a wonderful book about a girl who visits the Met with her grandmother. The security guard informs the little girl that she must leave her balloon outside. The balloon becomes untied and goes on a journey in the museum as well as around the city, visiting many important works of art and New York City landmarks.  

The fascinating thing is that this book does not have any text! Instead, it consists of rich illustrations that effectively communicate the story, including the characters, the setting, the conflict, and the resolution. This book would be great for a reading lesson or a conference in lower elementary grades about referring to illustrations for information to support the story.  

Another great story is A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino. 


In this beautifully illustrated book, a young boy and his father spend a day wandering around New York City and visiting the different landmarks. The story is written in first person, allowing the reader to share in the excitement and to participate in the adventure of exploring all that this great city has to offer. Interesting facts about each are sprinkled across the pages. This is a great book for use in kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms.

Stay tuned for more New York City themed picture books!

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