31 Books About Libraries That Your Kids Will Love

Updated Mar. 26, 2019

Julie Andrews said: "The world is full of magical places, and the library has always been one of them for me. A library can be that special place for our children." A building full of books, any of which can be checked out, taken home, and read and re-read—how amazing is that? We love reading over here, and while we're huge proponents of building your personal library (agreeing with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that "It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own."), public libraries simply allow you access to that many more books, which is a powerful thing. In honor of libraries and they wonderful stewards the librarians, check out this list of some truly fantastic titles about libraries!

Max and Bird book
Max and Bird
Written and illustrated by Ed Vere
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Max, a kitten, and Bird, a very young bird, want to be friends but Max also wants to eat Bird, so they strike a deal.

Bunny's Book Club book
Bunny's Book Club
Written by Annie Silvestro and illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is an adorable book about a little rabbit who discovers the library and a love of reading and then introduces his friends to the fun as well. The illustrations are as sweet as the story, and the excitement the animals feel about reading is palpable! While borrowing books without permission isn't a great idea, the librarian's kind resolution is the perfect ending.

Bunny loves reading so much that he begins sneaking into the library at night to borrow books, and soon his friends want to join him.

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog book
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
Written and illustrated by Lisa Papp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Gorgeous illustrations to accompany this story of a little girl who struggles with reading despite her persistence. Encouraged by her teacher, mother and the librarian, she finally finds the perfect listener to practice on and gains the self-confidence she needs to get a coveted reading star. The story is sweet and beautiful and I love that Madeline discovers she loves to read in a very out of the box way!

Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. But, stars are for good readers. Stars are for understanding words, and for saying them out loud. Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad; when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow. And to keep trying. With endearing illustrations, Lisa Papp brings an inspiring and comforting book to all new readers who just need a little confidence to overcome their fears.

Miss Brooks Loves Books! book
Miss Brooks Loves Books!
Written by Barbara Bottner and illustrated by Michael Emberley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The teacher in this book really puts a lot of effort into helping her students fall in love with reading! One little girl doesn't think she'll ever love a book as much as her teacher, as the books she sees are all too pink or flowery. She eventually finds a book about ogres that she falls in love with and shares with her entire class, and it just goes to show that there is a book for everyone--if you don't love reading, you simply haven't found the right book!

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.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré book
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Written by Anika Denise and illustrated by Paola Escobar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This is a meaningful story of heritage, immigration, and carving a path for others to follow. I loved learning about Pura Belpré and her love of storytelling and work as a librarian. The inclusion of Spanish words that can be understood in context adds an authentic touch, and the illustrations are also very unique and bright.

An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature. When she came to America in 1921, Pura Belpré carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura’s legacy. Brought to colorful life by Paola Escobar’s elegant and exuberant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy Denise’s lyrical text, this gorgeous book is perfect for the pioneers in your life. Informative backmatter and suggested further reading included.

Inkheart book
Written by Cornelia Funke
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Cornelia Funke, the enormously talented author of the international best-seller THE THIEF LORD, brings readers another spellbinding tale of adventure and magic. Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a book-binder. But her father has a deep secret-- he posseses an extraordinary magical power. One day a mysterious stranger arrives who seems linked to her father's past. Who is this sinister character and what does he want? Suddenly Meggie is involved in a breathless game of escape and intrigue as her father's life is put in danger. Will she be able to save him in time?

Tomás and the Library Lady book
Tomás and the Library Lady
Written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raul Colon, Pat Mora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Library Lion book
Library Lion
Written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There are no rules about lions in the library. When something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.

That Book Woman book
That Book Woman
Written and illustrated by Heather Henson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

While to my understanding this is not based on one specific true story, it does honor the pack horse librarians as a special part of American history. David Small's illustrations are lovely and I love the emphasis on facial expressions, particularly the little boy's as his opinion of books changes from one of disgust and annoyance to true enjoyment as he witnesses the librarian's commitment to bringing new books to his family come what may. The story is definitely on the longer side and may be geared towards a bit of an older audience, but it is beautifully written and provides an accessible glimpse into one small piece of isolated Appalachian life.

Offers the story of the Pack Horse Librarian who traveled to remote regions throughout the United States during the Depression to deliver books and a stubborn boy who refused to give reading a try. 50,000 first printing.

Wild about Books book
Wild about Books
Written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Marc Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

All the animals are very curious when a mobile library arrives but soon they can't wait to learn about this new something called reading. They read thin books and fat books and Cat in the Hat books. Molly even found waterproof books for the otter, who never goes swimming without Harry Potter! Read along with the book-loving animals and go wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians book
The Boy who was Raised by Librarians
Written by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library book
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I thought this book was cute and fun, but a little repetitive and long. The illustrations are great and I love that it talks about how fun the library can be with the reading time, singing time, and different books available. Plus, dragons are always a fun addition, in my opinion. :)

A child brings a dragon to the library and learns a valuable lesson--libraries and dragons do not mix.

The Not So Quiet Library book
The Not So Quiet Library
Written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s Saturday, which means Oskar and Theodore get to go to the library with their dad! It means donuts for breakfast! And it means endless quiet hours lost in stories. But on this not so quiet Saturday, Oskar and Teddy get a rude surprise when they’re interrupted by a five-headed, hangry monster! Will Oskar ever get to finish his book in peace? Will Teddy ever get to gorge on his donuts? Or might both of them hold the secret weapons to taming the beast?

The Lonely Book book
The Lonely Book
Written by Kate Bernheimer and illustrated by Chris Sheban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

A once-loved book becomes a little more lonely as it ages, becomes worn, and is read less often, but a certain girl finds it and discovers its magic! This story is sure to take you back to your own childhood and remind you of books you loved, maybe even ones you made sure you have in your own library now.

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. By the award-winning author of The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum and the award-winning illustrator of Catching the Moon.

The Librarian of Basra book
The Librarian of Basra
Written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Presents the true story of how Alia Baker, the librarian of the Basra library, and her friends managed to save the books of the library before the library was burned to the ground during the 2003 Iraq War.

Beatrice Doesn't Want to book
Beatrice Doesn't Want to
Written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

On the third afternoon of going to the library with her brother Henry, Beatrice finally finds something she enjoys doing.

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile book
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile
Written by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Dorothy was a young girl, she loved books, and she loved people, so she decided that she would become a librarian. Dorothy's dearest wish is to be a librarian in a fine brick library just like the one she visited when she was small. But her new home in North Carolina has valleys and streams but no libraries, so Miss Dorothy and her neighbors decide to start a bookmobile. Instead of people coming to a fine brick library, Miss Dorothy can now bring the books to them—at school, on the farm, even once in the middle of a river! Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile is an inspiring story about the love of books, the power of perseverance, and how a librarian can change people's lives.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore book
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Written by William Joyce and illustrated by Joe Bluhm
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.

Margret & H.A. Rey's Curious George Visits the Library book
Margret & H.A. Rey's Curious George Visits the Library
Written by Margret Rey, H. A. Rey and illustrated by Martha Weston
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Curious George is lucky to arrive at the library just in time for story hour, but it is not easy for a little monkey to sit still very long. Simultaneous. 58,000 first printing.

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree book
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree
Written and illustrated by Naoko Stoop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

For avid readers especially, this story about building a little community library is charming, with everyone bringing a little something of themselves to share. The illustrations are lovely and feel calm and soothing.

This new adventure with Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends uses simple prose and radiant illustrations to shine a light on the joy of reading and the importance of working together. One day Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends discover a hollow tree in the middle of the forest. What can be done with one ordinary tree? "I will keep my book in this nook so everyone can read it," Red Knit Cap Girl says. But the tree isn't only for books. Little by little, one by one, the animals share their unique gifts and turn the ordinary tree into a special spot for everyone to enjoy!

Bats at the Library book
Bats at the Library
Written and illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This was a fun and different take on a visit to the library... by a group of bats just delighted that the library window has been left open at night. The illustrations are filled with lots of fun details (like the bats hanging upside down for storytime to be read an upside down book!) that add humor and extra movement to the story. My favorite part of this book is the bats palpable excitement to be able to spend time in the library, and how while the bats new to the library initially just want to goof off, they soon discover the delights of books in the library and learn it's true joy.

Houghton Mifflin Company Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library!

Froggy Goes to the Library book
Froggy Goes to the Library
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy loves the library! When Froggy and Mom and Pollywogilina set out for the library, Froggy brings a wheelbarrow to hold all the books he plans to borrow. There are so many to choose from: Dinosaur books! Books about Space Frog! Froggy is so excited that he forgets to use his indoor voice. Readers enjoy Froggy’s antics, and so does Miss Otterbottom, the librarian. “Come again soon, Froggy,” she says.

Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! book
Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!
Written by Vicki Myron and illustrated by Brett Witter, Steve James
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The story of Dewey the celebrated library cat is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully-illustrated picture book adventure. When Librarian Vicki Myron finds a young kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box, she nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he will be their library cat, and naming him, appropriately, Dewey Readmore Books. Dewey loves his new home, but once he discovers the littlest library visitors-who like to chase him, pull his tail, and squeeze him extra tight-Dewey begins to wonder if he's truly cut out for the demands of his new job. In the end, he is triumphant as he realizes that helping people big and small is what he is meant to do, and that by sharing his special brand of Dewey love, he can be the best library cat of all.

The Library Dragon book
The Library Dragon
Written by Carmen Agre Deedy and illustrated by Michael P White
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Sunrise Elementary School has a BIG problem. Their new librarian, Miss Lotta Scales, is a real dragon. When Sunrise Elementary School advertised for a thick-skinned librarian with a burning love of books, Miss Lotta Scales knew she was perfect for the job. Who could guard books better than a REAL dragon? But when she won’t let any of the children take a book from the shelves, the teachers form a delegation. Not even sweet Miss Lemon can convince Miss Lotta Scales that “the library belongs to the children.”Fortunately, when nearsighted Molly Brickmeyer stumbles onto a copy of Snuff the Magic Dragon and reads the tale out loud, her storytelling beckons the children back to the library and brings them face to face with the Library Dragon. Can an open book temper the flames of the school’s hotheaded librarian? This humorous tale by New York Times best-selling author – Carmen Agra Deedy – is paired with Michael P. White’s lively illustrations for an entertaining story about the power and importance of books for both children and adults.

Wolves book
Written and illustrated by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a young rabbit checks out a library book about wolves, he learns much more about their behavior than he wanted to know, in a dramatic and witty story with two surprise endings.

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