Holiday gift guide: 6 delightful children's books set in Harlem and Washington Heights



Now's the time to treat the kid in your life to these delightful children's books—some classic, some new—set in Harlem and Washington Heights.


Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery

Harlem Grown founder Tony Hillery finds an abandoned lot in Harlem and turns it into a garden that feeds the neighborhood.




Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz's first children's book tells the story of a young girl who is born in the Dominican Republic and moves to Washington Heights as a baby. When her teacher asks her to draw the place where she comes from, she asks her family for help.




Little Man, Little Man by James Baldwin

The famed writer's 1976 children's book about four-year-old TJ's life in Harlem.




The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift

First published in 1942, this children's classic tells the tale of the iconic red lighthouse that sits under the George Washington Bridge.




Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Artist Faith Ringgold's beloved book follows an eight-year-old girl who has a dream adventure flying over her Harlem building's rooftop, aka "tar beach."




The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

A biracial family unites to be able to stay in their Harlem brownstone. Amy Poehler recently optioned the rights.



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