Picture Books about Libraries and Librarians
These picture books about libraries show true stories of librarians bringing books and stories to their communities, and fiction stories of children discovering the magic of libraries.
Reading Picture Books about Libraries
Picture books about librarians and the places they work illustrate libraries as places where children can nurture their curiosity. They can choose books for themselves, reflect on their choices, find answers and develop their literacy tastes.
I was a teacher-librarian, so I have seen firsthand how special places libraries are for children. A children’s library looks and feels very different from an adult library, which makes them a haven; a haven full of books to inspire their imagination and curiosity.
Picture Books About Libraries and Librarians
Here are some suggested picture books about libraries and librarians to have on your shelves. As well as looking at real librarians, they show children choosing their own books, caring for them and following the library procedures.
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter
A Book for Escargot by Dashka Slater
Escargot the snail is on a journey to find the perfect book. At the library, he finds books about animals who are superheroes, astronauts and detectives, but there are no books about a daring snail. Could this be that book?
Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Yuyi Morales recalls her own experiences of migrating from Mexico to America with her young son. They face many cultural challenges, including learning a new language and new customs. Her local library offers an opportunity to learn about this strange, new country and find a new career.
Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books by Karen Leggett Abouraya
During the 2011 revolution in Egypt, thousands of people formed a human chain around the Library of Alexandria to protect it. In a time of great turmoil, a love of literature and freedom united a country.
How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
The Librarian's Stories by Lucy Falcone
The Library Book by Tom Chapin
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
Sam lives in a hole in a library wall. The creative mouse creates his own book and adds it to the library shelves. When children visit the library they discover Sam's books and all want to meet the mystery author.
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough
Nour’s Secret Library by Wafa' Tarnowska
Two Syrian children use books to build a sense of community despite the war going on around them. They salvage books from bomb out homes and create a library in the basement of a half-collapsed building. The library became a safe haven for many and a beacon of hope in the darkness of war.
Use to discuss the effects of conflict and how small actions can help people through adversity.
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise
Pura Belpré journeys from Puerto Rico to America in 1921. Working as a librarian she discovered there were no books representing the Puerto Rican culture. She tells stories and then turned them into books before travelling the world to spread the stories of her homeland.
Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden
Ron loved visiting his local library to read books about the world of aviation. But the policy of segregation in South Carolina meant he couldn’t take home books. This brave young boy challenged this injustice through determination and peaceful resistance. His success meant that anyone, regardless of background or ethnicity, could have a library card.
Based on a true event in the life of Ron McNair, a scientist and astronaut. He tragically died, along with six others, in the 1986 Challenger explosion.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Arturo Schomburg was an Afro–Puerto Rican who moved to Harlem. When his collection of African literature, art and music threatens to burst out of his house he created and curated a collection at New York Public Library. Today, scholars from around the world still use the collection.
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
Tomás, the son of migrant workers, grows up listening to his grandfather's stories. His grandfather advises him to visit the library where he discovers a whole new world. Tomás' special bond with his grandfather and the librarian motives him to advance his own education.
The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French
Wolves by Emily Gravett
Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind by Cynthia Grady
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I am sure these picture books about libraries will be popular in your classroom or school library. Use them to help your students see libraries as the magical place they are.
Do you have a school library or maybe a local one where you take your students to choose their own books?