New York is a place of wonder. You can always count on being able to catch a late night Broadway show or pick up a slice of their timeless, thin-crusted pizzas. I’m sad to say I’ve never been, though visiting the Big Apple is definitely a trip I plan to make in the near future. Below are ten wonderful kids books completely set in the high-action state full of excitement and unending adventure.
1. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet is an eleven year old girl who loathes all things girly and flowery and instead chooses to devote her wit and intelligence to life as a spy. You can count on her to always be up to the task of observing everything about everyone and then recording her findings in her personal journey.
2. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
The perfect fluffy romance novel that will happily accompany you to your favorite bookstore.
3. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Original, sassy and set in the live and poppin’ Jazz Age surrounding New York City, readers will want to hop in a time machine, travel to the swingin’ 1920’s and never look back!
4. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
Hop aboard this bright, lively picture book as you gaze upon the happenings and landmarks of New York alongside the very imaginative main character, Cassie.
5. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
Artistic and misunderstood teenager, Sierra discovers a secret about herself that she would have never imagined would be possible: she’s a shadowshaper, meaning she holds the power to infuse magic into art. If this is a power that you would absolutely love to have, you’ll definitely enjoy this story!
6. Like No Other by Una LaMarche
A classic modern love story that proves that love, can not only be found in places we’d least expect, though can help us view the world from a, sometimes needed, new perspective.
7. Missing Angel Juan by Francesca Lia Block
Another addition to the Weetzie Bat series follows Witch Baby traveling to New York in search of her love named Angel Juan.
8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The first book in the widely acclaimed Mortal Instruments series is filled with tons of stimulating action, adventure, and of course, a young adult romance.
9. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
A blossoming, sweet romance that is sparked by a secret message of dares between characters Dash and Lily.
10. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg
Two highly inquisitive children run away from home to live in the magnificent Metropolitan Museum of Art. What a dream!