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‘Harriet the Spy’ Park Designated Literary Landmark

At the dedication ceremony, editor Beverly Horowitz of Delacorte Press called Harriet M. Welsch “the iconic New York character, a character unlike any other at the time, who paved the way for the books we read now.” She explained that the park “plays a major role in the book: Harriet lived down the street and went to school around the corner.” It was a key spot in Harriet’s spy route. (PW)

Carl Schurz Park is the 14th location in the state of New York to be designated a literary landmark. Earlier this year, 88th street was honored for housing Lyle the Crocodile of Bernard Waber’s beloved series. Rocco Staino, chair of the ALA-CBC Committee of the Children’s Book Council, is working with United for Libraries & the Children’s Book Council to establish more literary landmarks for Children’s Book Week 2015.

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