October 15, 2007 01:16 PM

Law and Order actress Mariska Hargitay, 43, took time out to treat children to a story during the New York Times‘ Great Children’s Read literary celebration in the Big Apple this weekend.

The New York Times partnered with children’s librarians from the three public library systems of New York City—Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library—to establish the list of New York’s Top 20 All-Time Favorite Children’s Books. Celebrities from film, TV and Broadway read from the 20 books on the list live at the Great Children’s Read. Mariska read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything written by Lenore Look and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf.

Mariska and husband, actor Peter Hermann, 40, are parents to son August Miklos Friedrich, 15 months.

Source: Hello!

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