Philadelphia Children's Literature

A sampling of books for young bibliophiles, from pre-school through young adult, that are either about Philadelphia or set here. Click on the book cover image to see more information and reviews, and to find a library near you that owns the book.

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P is for Philadelphia by Susan Korman (2005)
Contains twenty-six alphabetically arranged entries that provide information and insights into the culture and history of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including Ben Franklin, cheesesteaks, Fairmount Park, Independence Hall, Quakers, and outdoor festivals. Includes illustrations.
Illustrations done by Philadelphia children.
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Hello, Philadelphia! by Martha Day Zshock (2011)
An eagle and eaglet spend a fun day seeing the sights of Philadelphia, including Fairmount Park, Museum Mile, and the Delaware River.
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123 Philadelphia: A Cool Counting Book by Kevin Somers (2010)
Presents the numbers one through ten with illustrations of things associated with Philadelphia, with a section in the back of the book explaining the illustrations
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Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon: Poem by Ruth Forman & Cbabi Bayoc (2007)
A poem about how city children spend their summer.
Set in South Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton (2003)
This title contains a full-color songbook of 17 and a half songs with a full-length, fully orchestrated CD of original songs, performed by a cast which includes: The Bacon Brothers, Scott Bakula, Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Natasha Richardson, Eric Stoltz, Meryl Streep and more.
The titular catchy song includes extensive geographical details about the city of Philadelphia.
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Sparrow Jack by Mordicai Gerstein (2003)
In 1868, John Bardsley, an immigrant from England, brought one thousand sparrows from his home country back to Philadelphia, where he hoped they would help save the trees from the inch-worms that were destroying them. Based on a true story
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The First Air Voyage in the United States: The Story of Jean-Pierre Blanchard by Alexandra Wallner (1996)
Recounts the voyage of an eighteenth-century French aeronaut by hot air balloon from Philadelphia to Woodbury, New Jersey, in 1793.
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Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin, As Written By His Good Mouse, Amos by Robert Lawson (1939)
Benjamin Franklin's companion, Amos the mouse, recounts how he was responsible for Franklin's inventions and discoveries.
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The Gawgon and the Boy by Lloyd Alexander (2001)
In Depression-era Philadelphia, when eleven-year-old David is too ill to attend school, he is tutored by the unique and adventurous Aunt Annie, whose teaching combines with his imagination to greatly enrich his life.
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Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know by Kate Boehm Jerome (2011)
Collects information about the land, history, and people of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania.
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Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Fright Brothers: Wherein Is Contained an Accounting of the Quest By Our Subject and His Young Compatriots to Solve a Mystery of Vampires Terrorizing the Great City of Philadelphia by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury
Victor and his friends, aided by Benjamin Franklin, uncover an evil scheme involving giant bats and two mysterious brothers, and learn more about the secretive Modern Order of Prometheus.
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Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (2000)
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

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Last updated 11/27/12.