Activity Ideas for In New York by Marc Brown

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I chose the book In New York by Marc Brown for this month’s theme. We loved it. The illustrations are awesome, watercolor and gouache on illustration board using brushes and sponges…according to the information in the back of the book.

We loved all the little trivia facts and sketches on the inside covers, front and back. Things like the fact that there are more than 13,000 taxis in New York City! We actually thought this sounded low to us considering there are over 8 million people living there.

Activity Ideas for In New York

We kept it super simple this month. We had some illness, birthdays, and some general life chaos that kept us busy. Here’s how we used this book:

1. We read it together. Too simple for you? Well, sometimes in our haste to do all the good activities there are floating around the internet, I think we forget that reading together is a pretty important one! I read the book out loud, stopping to show them each illustration and we inevitably ended up discussing things like whether or not we could live in NYC (3 out of 4 said no).

2. Coloring. My kids like to color. I found an awesome coloring book by Rod and Staff called United States Coloring Book at our homeschool convention, so the kids colored the New York pages as they listened. This coloring book has the state’s shape, a famous landmark from the state, and various symbols (state bird, flower, tree, and more).

Unfortunately, Amazon does not have this particular coloring book, but I do know that Dover coloring books are usually pretty good and they have a United States coloring book.

3. Listing what we know. One of the trivia bits in the book is that there are at least 170 languages spoken in NYC. We decided to list how many we could think of (13!) and then look it up in the google to see what we missed. The kids had fun with this super simple activity.

4. Food. We had bagels with cream cheese for lunch one day and pizza for dinner, both are mentioned in the book. You could make your own bagels, but I don’t. We do make our own pizza though.

See? Simple.

In New York activity

More Activity Ideas for In New York

Now, you may have more time or inclination on your hands right now and desire to do something more with this book. I have a few ideas for you, too. So here are a few more activity ideas for In New York by Marc Brown:

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About Vicki Arnold

Vicki Arnold is a happily married, homeschooling mama of four great kids. She's a big fan of books, reading, and libraries. It was this life-long passion that led to the creation of The Library Adventure. She also blogs at Simply Vicki about books, homeschooling, gardening, and hopes to encourage other Christian women in their walk with Christ. You can learn more about Vicki on her about page.


  1. Simple can be just as much fun as complicated! We had to keep it simple this month too! New York City is amazing, but I am so glad not to live around so many people!

  2. New York is a great city to read about and find activities about. Thank you for sharing!

  3. We love Marc Brown books, I am adding this title to our too read list. My kids would love it! We are hoping to take the family to New York this year for Christmas.

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  4. Cool ideas for New York! I’m going to have to remember this one :-)

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