Central Park is so massive and multifaceted that even lifelong New Yorkers can still learn a thing or two about its offerings and lore. Not surprisingly, this public green has served as the setting and inspiration for literary works written for all ages. Here are our top picks for books that put the park front and center, and where you and your tiny reader can check out the settings in person! Click through for recommended reading!
After you've visited the park a few times, read...
A riff on the most famous "Good Night" book of them all ("Good night mush," anyone?) this board book visits many of Central Park's most famous sites, including the zoo, Lasker Rink and Conservatory Garden. This book is a great choice for reading after you and the kids have visited several park destinations, as it then serves as a fun tour of familiar local landmarks. (It will take a few visits to cover all of them — it's a big park!)
Who's it for?: Kids under three
See the site: Various locations
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