Staff Picks

Books about Books and Libraries

Books about visiting the library, learning to read, and loving books.

Children's Services Staff

Early Readers

Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm     Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm    
Herman Parish
    (Juvenile Early Readers -J-ER Par)

The literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos at her local library when she stops by to help the librarian.  

Clara and the Bookwagon     Clara and the Bookwagon    
Nancy Smiler Levinson
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Le)

Clara's dream of enriching her rough life on the family farm is fulfilled when a horse-drawn book wagon visits with the country's first traveling library.     

I Can Read with My Eyes Shut     I Can Read with My Eyes Shut    
Dr. Seuss
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Se)

The Cat in the Hat takes Young Cat in tow to show him the fun he can get out of reading.  

Look! I Can Read!     Look! I Can Read!    
Susan Hood
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ho)

A young girl demonstrates to her mother and father how well she has learned to read.     

Marvin One Too Many     Marvin One Too Many    
Katherine Paterson
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Pa)

When Marvin refuses to go back to his new school because he is the only one in his class who cannot read, his father decides to help him learn by reading with him.     

Picture Books

Aunt Lulu     Aunt Lulu    
Daniel Pinkwater
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pi)

Tired of working as a librarian in Alaska, Aunt Lulu takes her sled and her fourteen Huskies and moves to Parsippany, New Jersey.     

Bats at the Library     Bats at the Library    
Brian Lies
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lie)

Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.   

Biblioburro : A True Story from Colombia     Biblioburro : A True Story from Colombia    
Jeanette Winter
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 921 Soriano Win)

"After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with 'faraway villages.' He starts with two burros--one for himself, one for books--and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night."

Book! Book! Book!     Book! Book! Book!    
Deborah Bruss
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.  

Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian     Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian    
Jessica Spanyol
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sp)

When Carlo the giraffe and Crackers the cat visit the new library, they meet Mrs. Chinca, a very friendly and helpful librarian.

Charlie and Lola: But Excuse Me That is My Book     Charlie and Lola: But Excuse Me That is My Book    
Lauren Child
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Charlie Hur)

When Lola's favorite book is not on the library's shelf, her older brother, Charlie, tries to find another book she will enjoy.

Dinosaur Vs. The Library     Dinosaur Vs. The Library    
Bob Shea
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej She)

Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places, the library, and on the way he encounters a series of animals, including a cow, baby chicks, a turtle, and an owl, and shares his roars with each.   

Finding Lincoln     Finding Lincoln    
Ann Malaspina
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mal)

In segregated 1950s Alabama, Louis cannot use the public library to research a class assignment, but one of the librarians lets him in after hours and helps him find the book that he needs. Includes an author's note with historical information about library segregation in the South.   

Hot City     Hot City    
Barbara Joosse
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Jo)

 Mimi and her little brother Joe escape from home and the city's summer heat to read and dream about princesses and dinosaurs in the cool, quiet library.     

It's a Book     It's a Book    
Lane Smith
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Smi)

 Two readers compare a print to digital media, and learn books are still valuable.     

Lola at the Library     Lola at the Library    
Anna McQuinn
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcq)

Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat.     

Maisy Goes to the Library     Maisy Goes to the Library    
Lucy Cousins
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

Maisy goes to the library in search of a book about fish and a quiet place in which to read it.     

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't)     Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't)    
Barbara Bottner
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bot)

A first-grade girl who does not like to read stubbornly resists her school librarian's efforts to convince her to love books until she finds one that might change her mind.     

Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library     Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library    
Don Freeman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fr)

Cary imagines a special day at the library when she invites only animals and birds to browse.

Reading Makes You Feel Good     Reading Makes You Feel Good    
Todd Parr
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

Describes the characteristics and various advantages of reading. 

Stella Louella's Runaway Book     Stella Louella's Runaway Book    
Lisa Campbell Ernst
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Er)

As she tries to find the book that she must return to the library that day, Stella gathers a growing group of people who have all enjoyed reading the book.     

That Book Woman     That Book Woman    
Heather Henson
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hen)

A family living in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s gets books to read during the regular visits of the "Book Woman"--a librarian who rides a pack horse through the mountains, lending books to the isolated residents. 

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians     The Boy who was Raised by Librarians    
Carla Morris
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mor)

Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything--including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.     

The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town     The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town    
Mary Casanova
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cas)

When outlaw Dirk Yeller arrives in Cowtown looking for something to take away his cat-scratch fever, young Sam, whose pa says he is "a world-a-trouble and curious as a tomcat," knows just what this dangerous and jittery criminal needs to calm him down.   

The Incredible Book Eating Boy     The Incredible Book Eating Boy    
Oliver Jeffers
    (Juvenile Picture Books - E Jef)

Henry loves to eat books, until he begins to feel quite ill and decides that maybe he could do something else with the books he has been devouring.     

The Little Red Fish     The Little Red Fish    
Taeeun Yoo
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yoo)

A little boy named JeJe explores a magical library with his friend, a little red fish.     

The Lonely Book     The Lonely Book    
Kate Bernheimer
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ber)

Once popular, an increasingly shabby library book grows lonely until a young girl rediscovers it, but when it becomes lost again both the book and the girl wonder if they will have a happy ending.  

The Storyteller's Candle - La Velita de los Cuentos     The Storyteller's Candle - La Velita de los Cuentos    
Lucia Gonzalez
    (Español Juvenil - Ej Gon)

During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three Kings' Day fiesta.  

Tomas and the Library Lady     Tomas and the Library Lady    
Pat Mora
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mo)

While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.     

Why I Will Never Ever Ever Ever Have Enough Time to Read This Book     Why I Will Never Ever Ever Ever Have Enough Time to Read This Book    
Remy Charlip
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ch)

A busy girl recounts all of the things she has to do in a day as she tries to find time to read.

Wild About Books     Wild About Books    
Judy Sierra
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Si)

A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.

Wolves     Wolves    
Emily Gravett
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gr)

When a young rabbit checks out a library book about wolves, he learns much more about their behavior than he wanted to know.  

Yoko Learns to Read     Yoko Learns to Read    
Rosemary Wells
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wel)

Despite the doubts of some classmates and her native-born Japanese mother's inability to read English, Yoko finds the key to reading and catches up with the other students in putting new leaves on the classroom's book tree. 

Nonfiction

Down Cut Shin Creek : The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky     Down Cut Shin Creek : The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky    
Kathi Appelt & Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 027 Ap)

Unlike WPA programs that built roads, bridges, and other public projects across the country, the work of the Kentucky pack-horse librarians is practically unknown. These women and men rose before dawn and followed dangerous mountain trails to deliver books, magazines, pamphlets, and scrapbooks to the schools and homes of some of America's poorest people.

Hands Around the Library : Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books     Hands Around the Library : Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books    
Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 962 Rot)

During the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, hundreds of young people, led by library director Ismail Serageldin, joined hands around the world-famous Alexandria Library to protect it from damage by the marching crowds. Although much property was destroyed and many people died, the library survived unscathed.

My Librarian Is a Camel : How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World     My Librarian Is a Camel : How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World    
Margriet Ruurs
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 027.4 Ru)

Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world.

Richard Wright and the Library Card     Richard Wright and the Library Card    
William Miller
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 921 Wright Mil)

Based on a scene from Wright's autobiography, Black boy, in which the seventeen-year-old African-American borrows a white man's library card and devours every book as a ticket to freedom.     

The Librarian of Basra : A True Story from Iraq     The Librarian of Basra : A True Story from Iraq    
Jeanette Winter
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 921 Baker Win)