When Gothamist was wee, there was nothing we liked better than learning about New York. And we are sure we would have loved Kathy Jakobsen's My New York because we love it now when we are big. It has lush paintings of various New York landmarks, with great unfolding pages to give scope to certain scenes (the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History [above], Times Square during New Year's), plus fun and useful facts about New York (below). In fact, it's perfect for the New Yorkers who don't live here anymore and miss it dearly.

Fact from My New York

Buy My New York. And for pre-teens with New York envy as well as fondness for soap opera, we recommend Paula Danziger's Remember Me to Harold Square where a trio of kids go on a scavenger hunt in the city. But the all-time classic for all ages is the From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg; part mystery, part tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.