The NYPL’s “The ABC of It” Explores the Importance of Children’s Books
Bill Gray, Ogilvy North America’s former co-CEO and founder of the Ogilvy & Mather’s Diversity Council, has worked with a variety of well-known companies, including Coca-Cola, Time Warner, Inc., and Yahoo! Inc. In addition to currently managing Hulls Highway, Inc., Bill Gray is also a trustee of the New York Public Library.
Since its founding in 1895, the New York Public Library (NYPL) has provided citizens with free information, books, and education. As the largest public library system in America, the NYPL is made up of over 80 neighborhood branches and four research centers. One of the library’s current exhibitions is “The ABC of It” which looks into children’s books and their impact on society. It examines what these books teach children, what they say about society, and why they are important.
The exhibit portrays the varying art, history, popular culture, and overall change that its collection of children’s books has to offer. It explores the cultural folklore that many children’s books are based on, the various arts that reflects worldwide traditions, and many ways that these books changed the dreams of young readers across time. With a wide collection of children’s books and activities, “The ABC of It” promotes the importance of children’s books across both culture and time.