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Several months ago I shared a list of 16 children’s books about the library. It was a perfect storm of some of my very favorite things: lists, books, the library. But as I told you then, once I started searching for kids’ books about the library, I couldn’t believe how many I found! (I mean, sure, it makes sense. I just wasn’t expecting it.)

So today I have the other half of the long list for you. Why? you ask. Why do we really need almost THREE DOZEN books about the library? Easy. Because reading with and to our kids is so very important – and fun books about the library is a great way to get or keep them interested in doing just that.

I learned from Children’s Mercy Hospital (the amazing children’s hospital here in Kansas City) that 15 to 20 percent of all children will have difficulty learning to read. With those numbers in mind, the hospital’s pediatric specialists developed Rhyming to Reading™, a systematic, multi-sensory and research-based program that is designed to help educators, speech-language pathologists and parents teach young children early reading skills through visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactile means. You can learn more about this great resource at the Rhyming to Reading website.

Now, back to the books! In a list! A list of books about the library! (And you know I love the library.)

16 {MORE} Children’s Books About the Library

  • The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler: Lots of rumors are going around about the library and librarian. The kids are about to find out if they’re true.
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce: A beautifully illustrated fantasy, this book is based on a true story and also inspired a short film.
  • Hot City by Barbara Joosse: A sister and brother visit the library when a summer day in their city is just too hot and boring. (Oops. In hindsight I should have put this on the list last summer!)
  • Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter: A man who lives in rural Colombia decides to share his books and love of reading with children in other remote villages.
  • The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer: A once beloved library book gets lost and overlooked – until it’s found by a little girl named Alice.
  • Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson: A book character escapes his book and is accidentally left behind. Where can he find a new home? This is a cute one.
  • The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris: I’m not sure where Melvin’s actual parents were, but he sure did have a great relationship with the three librarians in this story.
  • A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker: Bear has enough books, but his friend Mouse wants him to go to the library anyway. (SERIOUSLY, Bear?!)
  • Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn: Lola and her mom go to the library every Tuesday. It’s her favorite day of the week. (This is for very young readers.)
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen: One day, a lion came to the library. It turns out there aren’t rules about that sort of thing.
  • The Library by Sarah Stewart: A little girl who loves to read grows up to be a woman who loves to read – and then realizes she has too many books and needs to do something with them. (“Too many books”? What does that even MEAN?)
  • Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock: It turns out Tom was quite the voracious reader! This book has tons of facts as well as the fun story of Thomas Jefferson’s life of reading.
  • Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea: I wish my little dinosaur (aka Adrienne) had an inside roar for our trips to the library! Or anywhere, really.
  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card by Herman Parish: Amelia Bedelia is literal as usual and misunderstands how the library works. GET IT TOGETHER, AB.
  • Librarian on the Roof by MG King: This true story tells of a resourceful librarian who took a creative approach to fundraising in order to build a children’s section in the oldest library in Texas.
  • Our Library by Eve Bunting: When the animals find out their library is being closed, they figure out how to save it by reading books and learning new skills.
  • Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora: A boy whose parents travel from Texas to Iowa as farm workers loves spending time at the [air-conditioned] library full of new stories for him to read.

Reading with my kids – especially these fun books about the library – works for me!

How do you encourage your kids to read?


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