Books About Books and Libraries

Books About Books and Libraries
Books About Books and Libraries

Celebrate books, libraries and reading with these books about visiting the library, learning to read, and loving books!


Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff

Picture Books and Younger Elementary

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 burrosone for himself, one for booksand 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. Recommended for ages 36.


A Book is a Book

Jenny Bornholdt
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bor)

Books can be true and not true and sometimes they can be both at the same time. A book belongs in a library, on a bookshelf, in a bookshop, in your house. A story belongs wherever a story belongs. If it's Sunday and raining, a book is the perfect thing. Even a small book, because boredom can be very big. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 3–6.


A Child of Books

Oliver Jeffers
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Jef)

A young reader introduces a boy to the many imaginative worlds that books bring to life. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 6–9.


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. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 6–9.


It's a Book

Lane Smith
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Smi)

 Two readers compare a print book to digital media, and learn books are still valuable. Recommended for ages 3–6.


The Librarian of Basra : A True Story from Iraq

Jeanette Winter
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 921 Baker Win)

A true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge knows no boundaries. Recommended for ages 6–9.


A Library Book for Bear

Bonny Becker
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bec)

Although he sees no need for more books to read, Bear agrees to accompany Mouse to the library. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 3–6. 


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. Recommended for ages 3–6. 


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. Recommended for ages 6–9.  


A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

Patrick McDonnell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcd)

Louie becomes angry when the story in which he appears is ruined by messes from peanut butter, jelly, and other things that do not belong in books. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 6–9.


Where Are My Books?

Debbie Ridpath Ohi
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ohi)

Spencer loves books and reads one every night, sometimes aloud, then puts the book back in its place. But one morning, his favorite book is missing, and the next day another, each replaced by a different object. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 3–6.


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. Recommended for ages 3–6.


Yoko Learns to Read

Rosemary Wells
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wel)

Yoko finds the key to reading and catches up with the other students in putting new leaves on the classroom's book tree. Recommended for ages 3–6.