Parenting in the Big Apple

New York City has to be one of the greatest places in America, if not the world. Luckily for us, many authors have chronicled The Big Apple's antics in a way just right for kids.

Here are some of the books available. This is not yet a complete list, but I'm adding books to the list daily. If you wish to purchase any of these books, click on either the title or the book cover to be directed to As a warning, I have put up pictures of the book covers to give you somewhat an idea of the style of each book (I know, I know. "Don't judge a book by its cover") so the pages may load slowly, depending on the speed of your internet connection.

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For books about helping kids cope with September 11th, go to World Trade Center Books Page.

Other Pages of Interest:
Fiction & Historical Fiction: General Books About New York City (Nonfiction) | Fiction NYC Picture Books and "Easy Reader" Stories (Ages 4-8) | Fiction NYC Books (Ages 9-12) | New York Fiction for Young Adults | New York Historical Fiction (Colonial Period and Revolutionary War) | New York Historical Fiction (Ellis Island & Immigration) | New York Historical Fiction (Life in the 1800s) | New York Historical Fiction (Life in the 1900s)

NYC History: New York Biographies | Native Americans from New York (History and Historical Fiction) | New York History (Colonial Period and Revolutionary War) | New York History (Immigration and Ellis Island) | New York History (The 1800s) | New York History (The 1900s) | The World Trade Center and September 11, 2001 |

NYC Locations: The Statue of Liberty | The Empire State Building | Central Park | NYC Art Museums (Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, etc.) | NYC's American Museum of Natural History | Harlem Books (Including books about the Harlem Renaissance) | Chinatown Books | Little Italy Books | The New York City Subway System | Brooklyn Books | The Bronx Books | Queens Books | Staten Island Books | Long Island Books | Upstate New York Books | New York State Books

Life and Travel in NYC: Thanksgiving in New York City | Christmas in New York City | New York Sports Teams and Players The NYC Fire Department (FDNY) and NY Police Department (NYPD) | General Books About Cities | New York City and New York State Test Preparation and Study Guides | New York Regents Review Books | Parenting in New York City | New York Travel Guides for Families with Children

NYC Toys, Puzzles, and Games (For Kids & Adults) | Coupon Codes

New York's 50 Best Places to Have a Kid's Party

By Katherine Wyse Goldman
Welcome to the world of children's birthday parties! Whether you want to give one that's completely original or exactly like everybody else's, here's the guide to help you do it. Invite the little ones ot celebrate at the sailboat pond in Central Park, the city's best museums, a computer games party, an old-time bowling alley, a slot-car racetrack, a gym, a magic show, a make-up session, a miniature golf course, an ice-skating rink, even at the world's greatest toy store. And what's a birthday without the cake? You'll find out where to get the best. With a range of fun places in Manhattan and Brooklyn, for partygoers age 1 - 8, you're sure to find the right place for your birthday boy or girl. So get ready, make a wish and celebrate New York style.

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City Baby:
The Ultimate Guide for New York City Parents from Pregnancy to Preschool

By Kelly Ashton & Pamela Weinberg
City Baby, New York's premier parenting survival guide, is back‹bigger and better than ever. This new and updated second edition, with 14 fact-packed chapters, covers everything from Lamaze classes to nannies, baby sitters, superstores, kid-friendly restaurants, parks and playgrounds, with a new chapter on Brooklyn sources and a Web site directory. A humongous new classified "Yellow Pages" puts all of New York¹s parenting services at your fingertips. "Everybody should have a book like this," said Carol Jenkins, Fox News at Noon.

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Cool Parents Guide to All of New York

By Alfred Gingold and Helen Rogan
Cool parents Gingold and Rogan "offer tantalizing details on stuff you can't find in other guide books," writes New York Magazine, and the New York Times says, "The activities they discuss are chosen as much for the pleasure of parents as children."

For this new edition of their bestselling book, Alfred Gingold and Helen Rogan have revisited old haunts and added newly discovered cool things to do in the coolest city in the world. Among the familiar favorites: Winnie-the-Pooh and friends (they're still here!), Grand Central Station (it's renovated), and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (a great new tour especially for families). Fabulous additions include: the New Victory Theatre, slot-car racing at Buzz-a-Rama, the Police Academy Museum (spooky stuff), and Red Hook's wild and woolly waterfront.

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Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools by Victoria Goldman and Marcy Braun
Completely revised, the fifth edition of this popular reference work is the only independent source of information with respect to private preschools, day care, and special needs programs in Manhattan and provides data as to tuition, hours, admissions, facilities, and educational approaches. Written by parents for parents, this is an essential reference work.

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New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools: A Parents' Guide

By Clara Hemphill
Finding the best public schools is a challenge to New York City parents each year. Here public education researcher Clara Hemphill profiles the top 100 NYC elementary schools. Hemphill's information includes class size, ethnic make up, total enrollment, academic level, teacher quality, admissions tests (if any), and anecdotes about the nature and personalities of the schools.

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Public Middle Schools: New York City's Best

By Clara Hemphill
The best public middle schools in New York City, selected from over 500.

Here is essential information about the best public middle schools in the five boroughs. The schools are described in anecdotal information and simple facts: school performance, test scores, grade levels (which include high school), class size, ethnic makeup, enrollment, admissions requirements, teaching philosophies, when to apply, and how to choose. From among the approximately 500 schools and programs, author Clara Hemphill has identified the very best, some 15 percent. Public Middle Schools is vital in helping parents find the right educational setting for their children.

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New York City's Best Public High Schools: A Parent's Guide

By Clara Hemphill
New York City has some of the best public high schools in the country - as well as some of the worst. This essential guide provides everything parents need to know in choosing a high school that is just right for their child. Interviews with teachers, parents, and students uncover the "inside scoop" on schools, including atmosphere, homework, student stress, competition among students, the quality of teachers, gender issues, the condition of the building, and more. It also provides the hard facts on:
  • School performance data: graduation and four-year college rates
  • Average SAT scores of students
  • Class size and total school enrollment
  • Ethnic make up: Black, White, Hispanic, Asian
  • Safety: disciplinary suspensions and incidents
  • Admissions requirements
Hemphill's first two books, The Parents' Guide to New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools and Public Middle Schools, New York City's Best won critical acclaim. New York Magazine's Barbara Ensor called her work "thoughtful, well-researched…required reading." The New York Times columnist Robert Lipsyte said: "It is part consumer guide, part urban plan. Without public schools, Hemphill maintains, the dream of multiethnic democracy will live on only through jury duty and subway travel."

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The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools by Victoria Goldman and Catherine Hausman
More than seven million people live in New York City; it's the most populous city in the United States. The challenge of finding good educational opportunities is rivaled only by the hunt for housing. Some couples are so put off that they flee the city when their children become school-aged, but those hardy millions who remain could sure use some organized, honest information. Written by parents for parents, this is a guide to private elementary, comprehensive, and high schools convenient to families in Manhattan. It covers admissions, tuition, after-school programs, staff, grades, facilities, multicultural diversity, special needs, and financial aid.

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This perennial seller, now revised and expanded, is the first, last, and only word for parents on choosing the best private school for their children. Including information on admissions procedures, programs, diversity, school size, staff, tuition, and scholarships, this essential reference guide lists over seventy elementary and high schools located in Manhattan and the adjacent boroughs, including special needs schools and selective public schools and programs.

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New York's 50 Best Places to Take Children

By Allan Ishac
From the author of New York's 50 Best Places to Find Peace and Quiet comes the ultimate guide to guaranteed good-time spots for kids in New York City. From Abracadabra, the store known as the Halloween capitol of the city, to Winnie-the-Pooh at the Donnell Library, Ishac lists dozens of kid-tested sights for sports, arts, science and just plain fun. This completely revised second edition has many new entries.

This is the ultimate guidebook for parents, grandparents, tourists, and teachers looking for a guaranteed good time for kids ages 2-12. "Sure there are other guidebooks, but Ishac's features unusual veers off the beaten path...noting the very coolest part of each site," wrote the New York Daily News. You even get 10 bonus locations--just for fun!

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You will no longer have any excuse for being bored on a rainy day (or a sunny day either!) I recently took my 5 year old to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island without first checking to see what information this book offered. BAD MOVE! My son was tired of waiting on the long lines, bored with static exhibits, hungry, hot, etc. If I had checked with New York's 50 Best Places to Take Children I would have found out that there is a 90 minute tour boat that goes past the Statue of Liberty. My son would have seen the statue without the long, tiring lines to wait on just to go to the top of the pedestal (we weren't early enough to go to the crown). Mr. Ishac has captured the best attractions the big apple has to offer a child from the kid's point of view. The book is small enough to carry in a pocket while acting like a tourist; even if you have lived in NY all of your life like I have. Included in the featured attractions are the usual favorites such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Empire State building plus some unusual and obscure spots such as the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Now I just have to try and find the time to visit all of these great places.

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Kids Eat New York:
The Essential Guide to Family-Friendly Restaurants in New York City

By Sam Freund and Elizabeth Carpenter
The first definitive restaurant guide to New York City for families. After dining in over 400 eating establishments in New York, Elizabeth Carpenter and her 11-year-old son Sam have compiled reviews of over 150 rare culinary gems that are fun for kids while still serving food that adults will love. Restaurants are rated by cost, cuisine, friendliness, entertainment, and overall appeal, and are organized by neighborhood. This is the long overdue list of alternatives to fast food, pizza joints, and coffee shops in the Big Apple. "The book is intelligently written and filled with useful strategies....It tells which restaurants are near museums, and there are listings of the best restaurants for children of all ages"--New York Times

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The Grownup's Guide to Living with Kids in Manhattan

By Diane Chernoff-Rosen & Lisa Levinson
If children were born with an instruction manual, parents would sigh in relief. Raising children is an awesome task, especially in New York City with its virtually limitless goods, services and activities. This guide to the special pleasures and challenges of raising children in Manhattan covers the city as a community resource and provides the information that every parent needs.

The book educates parents by guiding them through the school application process, choosing doctors and caregivers, handling birthday parties, networking with other parents, dealing with emergencies, scheduling activities and play date etiquette. Also included are detailed listings of over 275 retail establishments specializing in children's goods and over 450 activities for children (classes, cultural activities, and "boredom busters"). Businesses and services are not rated or reviewed, but are presented in an objective, easy to use, format.

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Who Knew Raising Kids in New York Could Be This Easy?: From Playgrounds to Pre-Schools, Strollers to Sneakers, Eateries to Excursions ... Everything

By Heidi Arthur, Nancy Errichetti Misshula, and Jane Pollock

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