23 Books About Books Every Child Will Love

Books About Books Every Child Will Love

These wonderfully meta books about books are great options for your classroom library They celebrate the joy of books and reading as well as the mechanics of a book.

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Picture Books Perfect for Bookworms

Bookworms in your classroom will love reading these meta books about books. They are not only fun; they promote storytelling, character development, libraries and how a book works. Even your reluctant readers will love them!

List of Picture Books About Books

Again! by Emily Gravett

A dragon wants his bedtime story again and again. When his mother falls asleep during the fourth reading, the dragon cannot control his emotions and burns a hole through the back of the book!

Again! promotes discussions on understanding and managing frustration, developing patience, and a love for reading.

Battle Bunny by Mac Barnett and Jon Scieszka

Alex alters a sentimental book titled “Birthday Bunny” to become “Battle Bunny.” He scribbles over the original story’s illustrations and text to transform the bunny’s birthday adventure into an epic battle to save the forest from the bunny’s diabolical plans.

Battle Bunny promotes creativity, thinking outside the box, and transforming stories into something new and personal.

The Bear and Her Book by Frances Tosdevin

A book-loving bear embarks on a journey to see the world, armed with the “Bear’s Big Book of Being Wise”. She meets creatures who need her help and learns that her book is good at problem-solving and making new friends.

The Bear and Her Book explores problem-solving, knowledge-seeking, different perspectives, a sense of belonging, and self-discovery.

Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter

A true story of Luis Soriano Bohórquez, who loads his books onto two burros (donkeys) and treks into the remote countryside of Colombia to distribute books to children who don’t have access to them. 

Biblioburro inspires discussions on a love of reading, the power of education, community service, perseverance, and creative problem-solving.

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Lewis Michaux started the National Memorial African Bookstore in Harlem. It was a hub for Black culture, knowledge, and activism and a meeting place for figures like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.

The Book Itch promotes discussions on freedom, truth, the power of literature, learning from others, cultural heritage, and empowering change and fostering new ideas.

The Book That Eats People by John Perry

This one-of-a-kind book comes alive, lurking in libraries and disguising itself behind different dust jackets, harbouring a taste for careless children.

The Book That Eats People presents an opportunity to discuss the magic and power of books, the importance of respecting library rules and fostering a sense of caution and responsibility.

The Book Without a Story by Carolina Rabei

A library book, Dusty, has never been borrowed. When readers take other books home, Dusty remains unchosen and unread on the shelf. His journey takes a delightful turn when he finally finds the perfect reader who cherishes him.

The Book Without a Story promotes discussions on belonging, the joy of reading, patience, and the magic of libraries.

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

A boy and girl go on a magical adventure through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe. 

In A Child of Books, the girl leads the boy into new realms of possibility, showing him and the reader that stories are foundational to our dreams and identities.

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Dog loves books so much he opens a bookshop. While waiting for customers, he reads all the books so when a young customer asks for a book, Dog knows exactly which one to recommend.

Dog Loves Books promotes a love of reading, curiosity, knowledge, enthusiasm and contentment.

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett

Do you know how a book is made? Mac Barnett and Adam Rex take us through the in and outs of how a book gets into our hands… with a bit of twist!

How This Book Was Made educates readers on the collaborative, tedious, and complex process behind a book’s creation.

How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander guides the reader through reading a book, from choosing it to savouring the final words, and suggests that holding and turning the pages of a book is part of the joy of reading.

How to Read a Book explores how we read and why reading is important. It encourages children to take pleasure in reading and the stories and ideas they encounter in books.

I Love Books by Mariajo Ilustrajo

A young girl thinks she hates books until she reads one. She journeys through different genres and exciting narratives, all without leaving the comfort of home.

I Love Books highlights a love for reading, the value of books as windows to the world and changing set ideas.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Henry loves to eat books! With every book he consumes, he becomes smarter. However, eating too many books muddles his thoughts and learns books are meant to be read and enjoyed.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy explores the love of learning, the consequences of excess, problem-solving, and self-correction when realising our mistakes.

It’s a Book by Lane Smith

While a monkey reads a book, a jackass questions whether the book can text or if it has a mouse. Monkey patiently answers all the questions and hands jackass a book so he can answer his questions.

It’s a Book pits traditional books against digital media and explores the joy of reading physical books, asking questions, and discovering your own answers.

The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman by Kathy Stinson

Jella Lepman asked 20 countries, including Germany’s former enemies, for children’s books after WWII. She hoped the books would heal war wounds, foster global unity, and provide German children with hope and recovery from the war’s trauma.

A Library by Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni’s poem is about the magic and joy of reading, books and libraries. Discover the wonders of a local library, a treasure trove filled with books waiting to be explored. The book encourages children to appreciate the value of books, storytelling, and a library’s endless possibilities.

The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer

A popular book at the library rarely spends a night on the library shelf. The book becomes worn and is read less often, until Alice finds and falls in love with it.

The Lonely Book explores the emotional resonance of objects, the value beyond physical appearance or popularity, and respecting shared resources.

Nour’s Secret Library by Wafa' Tarnowska

In Syria, siblings Nour and Sami create a secret library using books salvaged from bombed-out houses. The makeshift library becomes a haven from the chaos of war, offering a safe space to escape reality.

Nour’s Secret Library promotes perseverance, the importance of community, the power of literature, the impacts of war, education, and overcoming adversity.

Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley

What would you do if a furious crocodile suddenly falls into your storybook? Would you slam the book shut when the crocodile tries to escape, or maybe put the book on the shelves, or maybe peek inside?

Open Very Carefully sparks conversations about the nature of stories, the role of the reader, and how stories can change and evolve, just like us.

Our Incredible Library Book by Caroline Crow

A library book has faced numerous challenges, including being rained on, chewed by a dog, and even temporarily lost. Despite these mishaps, it returns to the library a bit more worn yet loved.

Our Incredible Library Book explores the love for books and libraries, the importance of responsibility, and the respect we should show when caring for books.

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Louie writes a story that gets messed up with food, smudges and dirt. He gets frustrated and wants to quit his story. The story’s narrator encourages Louis to keep going, as things don’t have to be perfect.

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story explores resilience, adaptability, acceptance, self-control and embracing imperfections.

Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories by Annette Bay Pimentel

Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories by Annette Bay Pimentel


The Red Book by Barbara Lehman

A young girl discovers a magical red book in the snow. As she turns the pages, she sees illustrations of a distant island where a boy finds a similar book with images of her. Despite being miles apart, the two children connect through these magical books.

The Red Book, a wordless book, promotes discussions on using imagination to form connections and friendships.

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

Fish and Snail live in a book. Fish urges Snail to join him on an adventure. This leads to a disagreement, as Snail is reluctant to leave their familiar surroundings. Eventually, Snail gathers courage, overcomes his fear, and joins Fish.

The Story of Fish and Snail explores overcoming fears, stepping out of our comfort zone, resolving disagreements and change.

Sylvia's Bookshop by Robert Burleigh

Sylvia’s Bookshop is told from the perspective of the Parisian bookshop The Shakespeare & Company. This influential shop became a vibrant hub for intellectual discussions and inspired numerous well-known authors to create their masterpieces.

This book explores the power of reading, open-mindedness, and understanding different points of view through first-person narration.

There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

There’s a monster in the book and the reader needs to follow the instructions to get him out – shake, wiggle and tilt or tickle the monster’s feet. But there are bigger problems in store when he leaves the book!

This Book is Gray by Lindsay Ward

Gray feels left out and underappreciated because he perceives nobody likes gray things. Determined to prove his worth, Gray creates his own book where everything is grey,  

This Book is Gray explores a sense of belonging, inclusion, self-worth, storytelling, different perspectives, appreciation and colour concepts.

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie discover they are in a book. Piggie realises she can make the reader say things like “Banana!” and Piggie and Gerald double over with laughter. As the book concludes, the pair start to panic as the end draws near.

We Are in a Book! explores a book’s format, breaking the ‘fourth wall’, point of view, and the idea of control and influence.