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Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
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Books
The Christmas Tugboat: how the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree came to New York City by:George Matteson
Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas tree, and the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City has said it beautifully since 1931. But how does the tree get there? One year, the tugboat captain (and author) George Matteson, his wife, and their daughter traveled by tug to fetch the giant tree. This dramatic picture book tells the story of their real life journey up the Hudson River, and James Ransomeā's striking paintings capture the excitement of the trip and the pride of the young girl who helped steer the tug into New York Harbor.

Sky Boys: how They Built the Empire State Building by:Deborah Hopkinson
It's 1930 and times are tough for Pop and his son. But look! On the corner of 34th Street and 5th Avenue, a building straight and simple as a pencil is being built in record time. Hundreds of men are leveling, shoveling, hauling. They're hoisting 60,000 tons of steal, stacking 10 million bricks, eating lunch in the clouds. And when they cut ribbon and the crowds rush in, the boy and his father will be among the first to zoom up to the top of the tallest building in the world and see all of Manhattan spread at their feet. This Boston Globe, Horn Book Honor Book and ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, provides a riveting brick-by-brick account of how one of the most amazing accomplishments in American architecture came to be.
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of The Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by:Melissa Sweet
Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, the award-winning artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America; the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy's Parade.
A Picnic in October by:Eve Bunting
Tony thinks it's dumb to have a picnic in October every year. He thinks it's dumb to go all the way to Liberty Island for a birthday, too. It's too far. And it's too cold. And it's just plain embarrassing. But that's what he thinks before he helps the lady who can't speak English, and before he begins to understand what the Statue of Liberty means to Grandma.
Central Park Serenade by:Laura Godwin
Laura Godwin and Barry Root use lyrical verse and lush illustrations to take readers on a stroll through New York City's Central Park. The picturesque sights, the rhythmic sounds-all of the park's eclectic culture is captured beautifully.Central Park Serenade is a tribute to one of the most famous parks in the world as well as a celebration of the Joy any special place can offer.
Songs
America the Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
Craft
Liberty Crown
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Other
You Can't take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman

In this wordless story, a young girl and her grandmother view works inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the balloon she has been forced to leave outside floats around New York City causing a series of mishaps that mirror scenes in the museum's artworks.