2 Books for New York City Lovers

By Amanda Elshahawi, Creator, Enchanted Literacy June 21, 2023

Lost in New York By Jeff Brown
Recommended Ages 6 - 9 years

Broadway Baby By Russell Miller & Judith Proffer
Recommended Ages 3 - 6 years

Stanley Lambchop takes on New York in the worldwide adventure, “Lost In New York.” An eight-chapter book that follows Stanley as he travels to the United Nations, gets noodles for lunch, takes the train, heads to the Empire State Building, and more. If you’re unfamiliar with the classic Flat Stanley story, he accidentally flattened himself when a bulletin board fell on top of him and squished him flat as a pancake. Despite being only a few inches thick, he has not lost his sense of wonder and continues to explore the world. On this trip, Stanley and his brother have set off to be a part of the International Declaration of Friendship at the UN. During their trip, Stanley and his friend Ian get lost! As they try to reconnect with their tour group, they end up exploring Manhattan and meeting new people. Stanley learned that it is easy to feel very small in New York, but there are lots of people who are ready to help and be friends!  

If you’re looking for another New York City hit, but for a younger crowd check out Broadway Baby. A recent picture book release that is endearing for anyone entranced by musical theater with reference to classic hits like Oklahoma and Into the Woods. This rhyming story could inspire the youngest of us to take on the show. Broadway Baby is the story of a little one who dreams of being a star. As he imagines dancing, singing, dressing up, and taking the stage he slowly puts himself to sleep with what we can only imagine to be dreams of belting out the greatest hits and tapping the night away.

Both stories remind us why we love NYC. If you feel so inspired to take on the summer with a little city love you can check out one of the latest attractions, RISE NY, which is great for kids 8 and up. Or check out the Museum of the City of New York which is free for kids! 

Amanda is a preschool teacher, mother and avid Central Park picnicker. She values community and is an advocate for families in the foster care system. One day she hopes to publish a children's book of her own. In the meantime, you can follow her Instagram, Enchanted Literacy, which encourages imagination and passion for reading.