Let’s celebrate books, reading, libraries, and all things that play a part in sharing books with these picture books celebrating books for kids.
Picture Books About All Things Books
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Books About Libraries, Bookstores and Librarians
Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul is the story of how the amazing Little Free Libraries came to be. It’s a great lesson in that just a few people at the grassroots level can make a difference. A story of inspiration, hope, and love of reading.
Imagine a book inside a book. That’s what you’ll find in Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho. Of course, there is so much to do and see and read at the library and Luna is up for the adventure.
Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron is based on true story about a cat that lives at the library.
Lost in the Library by Josh Funk is the story of the two stone lions outside of the NYPL. The two gives us a tour of all the sights and sounds of the library at night.
The Book Rescuer by Sue Macy is the story of Aaron Lansky who did not want to see the world’s Yiddish books disappear so he rescued them and created a home for them.
Book’s Big Adventure by Adam Lehrhaupt is the story about a book that loves adventures as its borrowed from the library. But, one day it gets moved to lower shelf and the adventures then end. Until, one day a new adventure awaits when the book finds a new home. Backmatter includes resources where to donate used and old books.
Moose’s Book Bus by Inga Moore is the story of a moose who brings the world of books to his small community for all the animals to enjoy.
So You Want to Build a Library by Linsday Leslie is about the power of the imagination to build the coolest library stacked with the neatest books. Make sure to have a little nook for fairies.
Have you ever entered a bookstore to discover a resident cat? The Bookstore Cat by Cylin Busby introduces us to the 26 sides of a bookstore cat from the adorable to the zig-zagging cat.
Imagine if a bookshop could talk. That is what you’ll experience in Sylvia’s Bookshop by Robert Burleigh. What would a bookstore say about it’s customers, owner, and the books that it holds? “Till then, you can travel through time (and through space) By opening a book-anywhere, anyplace!”
Nia and the New Free Library by Ian Lendler is the story of a very creative girl who inspires a town to rebuild their library. Turns out that if you have a vested interest in something, you can move mountains to help accomplish a goal.
Books by Horseback: A Librarian’s Brave Journey to Deliver Books to Children by Emma Carlson Berne is the story of a packhorse librarian who delivered books to families in rural parts of Eastern Kentucky in the 1930s.
The Library Bus by Bahram Rahman highlights the teachers working to bring books, literacy, and learning to the girls of Afghanistan. Not long ago, girls were not allowed to learn but then times started to changing. (However, with recent events, girls may not continue to have access to these resources.)
Pura’s Cuentos by Annette Bay Pimentel introduces us to a storyteller who brings bilingual storytelling to Harlem. Pura Belpré was the first Latina librarian in New York City as well as a storyteller and author. Learn about her and her contribution to young readers as well as breaking rules to include others.
The Sublime Ms. Stacks by Robb Pearlman celebrates amazing librarians who kick storytime up a notch. Meet Ms. Stacks who is shall we say sublime. Ms. Stacks makes everything fun from storytelling with a flair to encouraging everyone to be themselves.
Books About Reading
The Book From Far Away by Bruce Handy is a wordless book about the power of a book spanning the universe. A young child travels into the forest to read just as an alien ship lands with something that really resembles a book.
When You Open a Book by Caroline Derlatka highlights all the magic that happens within the pages of a book and our own imagination. And, the best thing about going on an adventure in one book is that you can open another book and take a new adventure.
How To Read a Story by Kate Messner takes kids step by step for cozying up with a good book from finding the just right reading spot to matching character voices when you read. This is a good one for introducing procedures for reading workshop.
How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? by Jane Yolen is another good one to read to introduce reader’s workshop. It shows silly things dinosaurs do with books from jumping on them and all the proper book handling procedures such as being kind to the pages.
This Book of Mine by Sarah Stewart is a devotion of love from a reader to the book. It’s a perfect pick at the beginning of the school year to showcase our wish for our students during our time with them. We want them to fall in love with books and pledge to keep reading.
Hug This Book! by Barney Saltzberg highlights all the places you can read an enjoy a book from reading upside down to up in the air.
Just Read! by Lori Degman celebrates reading anywhere and everywhere and with anyone or anything.
Dreamers by Yui Morales is a celebration about the power of books and libraries.
How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander is poetic celebration of reading. Alexander compares reading to eating a clementine and Melissa Sweet uses collage images and neon colors to bring the words life.
Pirates love to eat words in The Word Pirates by Susan Cooper. But, a word wizard teaches them that words are for reading and writing and not for eating. Although, I’d argue that you can savor words.
No Buddy Like a Book by Allan Wolf tells us the bazillion ways a book makes such a good buddy from stretching our imagination to taking us to new destinations.
Help Wanted Must Love Books by Janet Summer Johnson is the tale of a girl looking for a replacement bedtime reader. Is there anyone who can fill her dad’s shoes?
Albert’s Quiet Quest by Isabelle Arsenault is a beautiful book about getting lost in a book. We all know how it can be tough to find just a little quiet to read and dream and Albert has the same problem.
Imagine not learning to read until you are over 100 years old. Read all about such a person in The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard.
Read to Tiger by S.J. Fore is the story of a boy who just wants peace and quiet to read. But, he can’t settle into his book because a playful tiger vies for his attention. The boy creatively comes up with a solution to suit them both.
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley is the story of a young boy who tries to teach his cats to read. One is very interested in learning and the other not so much. Sound like any little people you know?
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