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Picture Books That Celebrate the Library (and Librarians)
Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers
Luna’s parents live apart. On library day, her mom drops her off to meet her dad. She and her dad look at books and read books and play. Luna loves library day. There’s a sweetness in Luna’s family situation as well as a playfulness around books that makes this a jewel of a book that shows a mixed race family. Love, love, love. (Added to: Multicultural Children’s Picture Books with Diverse Main Characters.)
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
We love this book about a little girl and her mom’s library ritual. It’s simple and absolutely wonderful. (I’m partial to the coffee at the library!)
The Library by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small
Elizabeth loves books. Books, books, books! Soon her book collection has outgrown her house. She solves this by making her home a library — and moves into a friend’s house.
Busy People Librarian by Lucy M. George, illustrated by Ando Twin
I’m enthusiastic to any book that celebrates the library like this does! It’s time for story time. Rita, the librarian, helps everyone feel welcome and interested — today’s a birthday celebration for the library. First they read several books about parties and then the kids share a birthday cake. Then Rita helps Evan find a book about rocket ships and space. Learn about what a librarian does as well as other busy people that librarians work with such as authors, teachers, and parents.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
During the Harlem Renaissance, Arturo Schomburg collected books about Africa. So many books that he eventually donates his collection to the New York Public Library. His collection is now known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra
Some libraries, like in Ana’s village, travel to you on a four-legged animal. Ana’s library travels on two burros and brings her all the books she can read.
My Library is a Camel: How Books are Brought to Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs
Books educate and inform. That’s why in countries with many remote areas and no libraries, libraries travel to the people by bus, boat, elephant, donkey, and train. See for yourself in this celebration of the world’s most unique libraries!
The Book Woman by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small
The Book Woman keeps bringing books to where Cal and his family lives in the Appalachian Mountains. After watching his sister read, Cal’s reluctance turns to interest and he asks her to teach him to read.
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
What a sweet story of love and success learning to read! (Okay, I admit to shedding a tear or two. Because dogs. And books. . .) Madeline really wants to be a better reader but reading just doesn’t click until she meets a beautiful, white dog named Bonnie who helps Madeline build her confidence in reading.
Thomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colon
Based on the true story of Tomás Rivera, the son of migrant workers. During the summer, a librarian helps him discover the wonder of books and stories.
Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian by Jacob Sager Weinstein, illustrated by Vera Brosgol
Because librarians can save the day… Doctor Glockenspiel is threatening to have his giant moth army eat ALL the world’s books. It’s up to Lyric McKerrigan (secret librarian) to stop him. She sneaks into his hideout, disguised as a plumber, uses books to distract the guards, rescues the captured ninjas, and subdues the moths with …a story. Then, Doctor Glockenspiel is sent to the Depository for the Criminally Naughty where he can never harm another book!
Ronan the Librarian by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie, illustrated by Victoria Maderna
Barbarians like the mighty Ronan and his people don’t read books. They invade, raid, and trade. Then, one pillage goes horribly wrong because they only find BOOKS. Even so, Ronan notices the pictures and starts reading. Soon, he spends all his spare time reading. “He invaded and raided and read.” But, how can Ronan get the other barbarians to read? Can you guess? He reads aloud to them…and it hooks them on books! Soon, Ronan becomes the community’s librarian, sharing and recommending books with his fellow barbarians. Playful, funny, and perfect for reading aloud with the best literacy message: READING is for everyone and everyone can love books…even barbarians.
Picture Books with Animal Friends at the Library
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
Captivating illustrations in yellow and blue tones show a little librarian and her three assistant owls who help their patrons find books.
A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Mouse convinces his grumpy friend, Bear, to go to the library and he’ll find the right book. Bear gets more and more cranky as Mouse shows him different books. But will Bear change his tune when he hears the librarian?
A Book for Benny by Judith Koppens, illustrated by Marja Meijer
Sam wants to keep reading but her dog, Benny, wants to play. That’s why Sam decides to take Benny to the library and get a book just for him. It takes a few tries but she finds the perfect book — a cookbook on sausages.
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman, illustrated by Andy Elkerton
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Book loving bats celebrate the library at night.
The Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
Sam is a mouse who lives at the library. He decides to write his own story. When a little girl and the librarian find it, they invite him to Meet the Author Day.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
What rules should a lion follow when he visits the library? Not to worry, this lion knows exactly how to behave; he’s quiet and well-behaved. Except when the beloved librarian is in distress.
Chapter Books That Celebrate the Library and Librarians
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Kyle and a few classmates win a sleepover at the new town newly created library by game-creator Mr. Lemoncello. The silly Mr. Lemoncello devises a fun way to get OUT of the library — you can only get out if you solve the puzzles around the entire library. Will the kids work together or will it be every child for himself? Kids can’t put this literary adventure book down.
Like Magic by Elaine Vickers, illustrated by Sara Not
Three 10-year old girls, each who is struggling and lonely, find comfort and eventual friendship all because of a wonderful librarian and a treasure box she lets them check out and fill. This is a beautiful story of friendship and a tribute to all the amazing librarians who know and care about all of us who visit the library.
The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander