Free Library of Philadelphia
Ask
Home > Ask a Librarian > Browse or Search all FAQs > Staff Picks for Children: New York Times Children’s
Where do I start? These lists of books are specially selected by our Librarians.
Staff Picks for Children: New York Times Children’s
Bestselling books for children from the NYT Children's best sellers lists
There Are 25 Items | Showing 1 to 10
Book Cover
Title: The One And Only Ivan
Author: Applegate, Katherine and Katherine Applegate
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 9780061992254
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12.
Notes: #7 NYT Children's Middle Grade 9/14/14. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

 
Book Cover
Title: Rosie Revere, Engineer
Author: Beaty, Andrea
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781419708459
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 4 to 8.
Notes: #7 NYT Children's Picture Books 9/14/14. A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

 
Book Cover
Title: Quest
Author: Becker, Aaron
Publisher: Candlewick
ISBN: 9780763665951
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 4 to 8.
Notes: #3 NYT Children's Picture Books 9/14/14. Second book in a trilogy that began with Journey.

 
Book Cover
Title: Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return Of The Padawan
Author: Brown, Jeffrey
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780545621250
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12.
Notes: #6 NYT Children's Middle Grade 9/14/14. After surviving his first year at Jedi Academy, Roan Novachez thought his second year would be a breeze. This year, Roan will have to face alien poetry tests, menacing robots, food fights, flight simulation class, online bullies, more lightsaber duels, and worst of all ... a girl who is mad at him.

 
Book Cover
Title: Ladybug Girl And The Dress-Up Dilemma
Author: Davis, Jacky
Publisher: Dial
ISBN: 9780803735842
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 4 to 7.
Notes: #10 NYT Children's Picture Books 9/14/14. "It is Halloween and Lulu doesn't know if she should dress as Ladybug Girl or find a different costume for the special day" - Provided by publisher.

 
Book Cover
Title: The Day The Crayons Quit
Author: Daywalt, Drew and Drew Daywalt
Publisher: Philomel
ISBN: 9780399255373
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 3 to 7.
Notes: #1 NYT Children's Picture Books 9/14/14. When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

 
Book Cover
Title: Pete The Cat And The New Guy
Author: Dean, Kimberly and James Dean
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 9780062275608
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 3 to 7.
Notes: #8 NYT Children's Picture Books 9/14/14. Pete the Cat and his animal friends welcome Gus the Platypus, who discovers his own special talent.

 
Book Cover
Title: Out Of My Mind
Author: Draper, Sharon and Sharon Draper
Publisher: Atheneum
ISBN: 9781416971702
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 10 to 13.
Notes: #5 NYT Children's Middle Grade 9/14/14. Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

 
Book Cover
Title: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Author: Grabenstein, Chris
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780307931474
Format: Paperback
Reading Level: Ages 9 to 12.
Notes: #9 NYT Children's Middle Grade 9/14/14. "Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape" - Provided by publisher.

 
Book Cover
Title: Ever Agter High: A Wonderlandiful World
Author: Hale, Shannon
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316282093
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Ages 9 to 11.
Notes: #9 NYT Children's Series 9/14/14. "When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland's future queen; Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio; and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter's Haberdashery & Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven't completely lost their heads. It's up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school--and their lives--a very unhappy ending" - Provided by publisher.