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Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library

Hunt for more stories, museum objects and maps in the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library. Families and schools can extend the DiMenna Children’s History Museum experience in this library filled with hidden treasures, old favorites, and new friends.

 The Barbara K. Lipman Library includes:

  • Story books that tell tales of New York City and the nation’s past
  • Reference books to continue the learning
  • Comfortable seating to rest and read
  • History Hunt drawers
  • Amazing Atlas maps and diorama
  • Macy's Sunday Story Hour every Sunday, 11:30 am–12:30 pm 


Recommended Reading Available in the Lipman Library:

Art and Architecture Picture Books

  • Art 123: Count from 1 to 12 with Great Works of Art by Stefano Zuffi
  • A Book of Artrageous Projects ed. by Klutz and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Building Stories by Isabel T. Hill
  • Come Look with Me: American Indian Art by Stephanie Saloman
  • Come Look with Me: Art in Early America ed. by Bank Street College of Education
  • Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure by Daniel Kirk
  • Meet Me at the Art Museum by David Goldin
  • Urban Animals by Isabel T. Hill
  • 13 Buildings Children Should Know by Annette Roeder
  • 13 Photos Children Should Know by Brad Finger

Baseball Picture Books

  • Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella by David A. Adler
  • Play Ball, Jackie by Stephen Krensky
  • Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey
  • Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson Against the Odds by Robert Burleigh
  • Teammates by Peter Golenbock

Children’s Reference Books about the United States

  • America: The Making of a Nation by Charlie Samuels
  • If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States by David J. Smith
  • O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Important Words by Sheila Keenan
  • Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out ed. by National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance
  • Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House by Julie Moberg
  • The Slightly Odd United States of America: Wacky Facts, Great Country ed. by Klutz Press
  • State Shapes: New York by Erik Bruun and Rick Peterson
  • United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds by Hudson Talbott
  • We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney
  • White House Kids: The Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents’ Children by Joe Rhatigan

Children’s Reference Books about United States History

  • The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness
  • The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk about the Civil War by Jim Murphy
  • Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak by Kay Winters
  • Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy by Albert Marrin
  • How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
  • Kids Make History: A New Look at America’s Story by Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock
  • Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States that Never Made It by Michael Trinklein
  • The New Americans: Colonial Times 1620-1689 by Betsy Maestro
  • Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story by Andrea Warren
  • Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
  • River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River by Hudson Talbott
  • Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg
  • We Rode the Orphan Trains by Andrea Warren

Children’s Reference Books about African American History

  • 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century by Linda Tarrant-Reid
  • Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden
  • Five Thousand Years of Slavery by Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen
  • Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America by Glennette Turner
  • Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
  • Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America by Harold Holzer
  • Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom by Virginia Hamilton
  • Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden
  • Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

Children’s Biographies of the Founding Fathers/ Prominent Political Figures

  • Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters
  • Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
  • Frederick Douglass for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities by Nancy I. Sanders
  • George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • Hilary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull
  • How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith
  • Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
  • Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt by Judith St. George
  • My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold
  • Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter
  • Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley
  • When Harriet Met Sojourner by Catherine Clinton
  • When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney
  • Young Teddy Roosevelt by Cheryl Harness

Children’s Biographies of Visual and Performing Artists

  • Edward Hopper: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia
  • Georgia O’Keefe: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia
  • James McNeil Whistler: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia
  • Winslow Homer: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia
  • Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead
  • The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies
  • The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer by Joanne Stanbridge
  • Fabulous! A Portrait of Andy Warhol by Bonnie Christensen
  • Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Harwell Celenza
  • Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World’s Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver

Children’s Biographies of Prominent and Lesser Known Historical Figures

  • Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson
  • Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser
  • Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution by Don Brown
  • Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey
  • Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America by Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss
  • Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy by Pegi Deitz Shea
  • Phillis’s Big Test by Catherine Clinton
  • Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta

Historical Picture Books

  • Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family’s Experience in a Japanese Internment Camp by Katie Yamasaki
  • Journey to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America by Carol Bierman
  • Kid Blink Beats the World by Don Brown
  • The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff
  • One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II by Lita Judge
  • This is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander
  • Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
  • Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
  • We March by Shane W. Evans
  • When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest

New York City Themed Picture Books

  • A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino
  • Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
  • Building Manhattan by Laura Vila
  • Chinatown by William Low
  • City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male by Meghan McCarthy
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  • I Live in Brooklyn by Mari Takabayashi
  • The Little Chapel that Stood by A. B. Curtiss
  • The Lonely Phone Booth by Peter Ackerman
  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Mermaids on Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg
  • My Taxi Ride by Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender
  • New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z by Laura Krauss Melmed
  • Old Penn Station by William Low
  • Subway by Christoph Niemann
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince

Early Childhood Picture Books

  • 123 NYC: A Counting Book of New York City by Joanne Dugan
  • ABC NYC: A Book about Seeing New York City by Joanne Dugan
  • Above New York by Robert Cameron and Nina Gruener
  • Central Park Serenade by Laura Godwin
  • Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis
  • Demolition by Sally Sutton
  • Good Morning, Digger by Anne Rockwell
  • Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • Good Night New York City by Adam Gamble
  • Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! by Barbara Odanaka
  • Subway by Anastasia Suen
  • Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
  • Wow! City! by Robert Neubecker

Picture Books for Children of All Ages

  • Curious George in the Big City by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  • Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
  • Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia
  • Turtle’s Race with Beaver by Joseph and James Bruchac
  • We are Best Friends by Aliki

Holiday Picture Books

  • The Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City by George Matteson
  • Cinco De Mouse-O! by Judy Cox
  • The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
  • Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World by Heather Conrad
  • Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Golding
  • President’s Day by Anne Rockwell
  • Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh by Janet Nolan
  • When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric Kimmel
  • The Yankee at the Seder by Elka Weber

Science Picture Books

  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story about Recycling by Alison Inches
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr
  • First Peas to the Table: How Thomas Jefferson Inspired a School Garden by Susan Grigsby
  • Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Great Inventions: The Nature Company Discoveries Library by Richard Wood and Graham Back
  • The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch
  • My Baby Blue Jays by John Berendt
  • Wild Horse Scientists by Kay Frydenborg
  • The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George

Historical Fiction Chapter Books

  • Amos Fortune: Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Harriet Tubman: Secret Agent-How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War by Thomas B. Allen
  • Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Journey into Mohawk Country by George O’Connor
  • King George: What Was His Problem? by Steve Sheinkin
  • Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson







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