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Street Made Famous by Bernard Waber’s Lyle the Crocodile Series to be Designated Literary Landmark in Honor of Children’s Book Week

Yorkville Community School – May 14 – 9:30 am

The children of the Yorkville Community School (421 E 88th St, New York, NY 10128) will gather to celebrate Children’s Book Week (May 12-18th, 2014) by helping declare their school and the street where it stands a Literary Landmark.  The street was made famous by children’s author/illustrator Bernard Waber in his book The House on East 88th Street.  The 1962 book, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, introduced the character Lyle, the Crocodile to the world of children’s literature. The story is about a family named the Primms who move into an old Victorian brownstone, only to find a performing crocodile named Lyle living in the bathtub.

A United for Libraries bronze Literary Landmark plaque will be unveiled during the ceremony.  It will later be mounted on the exterior of the Yorkville School, which is similar to the school that the Primm children attended. A costumed character of Lyle the Crocodile will be in attendance and will be available for photo opportunities.

Bernard Waber (1921-2013) was the creator of more than thirty books for young readers. In 1955, Mr. Waber and his family moved from their native Philadelphia to New York, a city “they loved at once.”   In addition to his books about Lyle the Crocodile, Mr. Waber is the creator of the beloved Ira Sleeps Over (1975) and Courage (2002). 

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 130 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986.

Media planning on attending the event should call the school (212) 722-5240 to be placed on a media list.  Inquiries may be director to Rocco Staino (914) 475-3857 or rstaino@yahoo.com.

United for Librariesis a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries.

Empire State Center for the Bookis the New York State affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book that promotes literature, literacy and libraries in the state.

Children’s Book Week – is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. It is administered by Every Child A Reader & sponsored by the Children’s Book Council.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Trade & Consumer Publishing division has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works in hardcover, trade paperback.  HMH publishes a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg and David Wiesner. 

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