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Fun at the Library

These stories celebrate libraries, librarians, and everyone who loves to visit the library! Whether it's little Lola, the library lion, or children who get their library books by way of an elephant, these bilingual and multicultural stories will remind you of why our libraries are such special places.

For more great children's books about libraries, take a look at Favorite Stories About Libraries and Librarians on Reading Rockets!

Bats at the Library Bats at the Library By: Brian Lies Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

"Storytime is just the thing / to rest a play-exhausted wing." It's bat night at the library, and the bats have come to read their favorite stories in this clever story told in rhyme. From reading the classics to splashing in the drinking fountain, the bats will leave you wondering what really happens after dark in the library! Also available in Spanish.

Book Fiesta! Book Fiesta! By: Pat Mora Illustrated by: Rafael López Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Even though there's a special day called Children's Day/Book Day, children and books can be celebrated everyday and in any place as is demonstrated in this vibrant book. Energetic illustrations show a wide range of children and animals playing, reading, and just plain having fun with each other and with books.

D.W.'s Library Card D.W.'s Library Card By: Marc Brown Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Arthur's little sister, Dora Winifred (better known as D.W.) can hardly wait until she can write her entire name to get her very own library card. Once she does, however, D.W. worries so much about possibly damaging the book she borrowed that she cannot enjoy it. Arthur helps her understand that she can use and enjoy library books safely. Also available in Spanish.

Library Lion Library Lion By: Michelle Knudsen Illustrated by: Kevin Hawkes Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

When a lion comes into the library, no one is sure what to do. After all, there aren't any rules about lions in the library — especially one with a loud roar! Everyone is about to learn, however, just how helpful a library lion can be. Lovely, warm illustrations bring this enchanting story to life. Also available in Spanish.

Lola at the Library Lola at the Library By: Anna McQuinn Age Level: 0-3 Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Lola loves Tuesday because it's library day! She is ready to go with her library card and backpack full of books. Young readers will easily relate to Lola and her excitement about the library. Colorful illustrations of Lola, her mommy, and the library are a perfect match for the charming text. Also available in Spanish.

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 By: Margriet Ruurs Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

Have you ever gotten your library book by way of a camel, elephant, solar-powered truck, or boat? This book offers a fascinating introduction to the many kinds of libraries around the world and includes numerous photos. Readers will come away with an appreciation of just how special libraries are to people no matter their background, as well as of their own neighborhood library branch!

Richard Wright and the Library Card Richard Wright and the Library Card By: William Miller Illustrated by: Gregory Christie Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: Richard Wright and the Library Card shares a poignant turning point in the life of a young man who became one of this country's most brilliant writers, the author of Native Son and Black Boy. As a young black man in the segregated South of the 1920s, Wright was hungry to explore new worlds through books, but was forbidden from borrowing them from the library. This touching account tells of his love of reading, and how his unwavering perseverance, along with the help of a co-worker, came together to make Richard's dream a reality. Also available in Spanish.

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story From Iraq The Librarian of Basra: A True Story From Iraq By: Jeanette Winter Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

In spite of looming war, librarian Alia Muhammed Baker was able to save the books from the library of Basra by moving them to safety. Simple forms and deep colors in a naïve style evoke the war without being explicit. The bravery and action of one person celebrates both everyday heroism and books as a unifying force.

The Storyteller's Candle The Storyteller's Candle By: Lucía González Illustrated by: Lulu Delacre Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

This is the story of librarian Pura Belpré, told through the eyes of two young children who are introduced to the library and its treasures just before Christmas. Lulu Delacre's lovely illustrations evoke New York City at the time of the Great Depression, as well as the close-knit and vibrant Puerto Rican community that was thriving in El Barrio during this time. Bilingual Spanish-English text.

Tomás and the Library Lady Tomás and the Library Lady By: Pat Mora Illustrated by: Raúl Colón Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

Tomás, child of migrant workers, visits the town library to find stories like the ones told by his grandfather. There he meets a librarian who provides him with a cool place, stories and books, and friendship before Tomás and his family move on to the next place. Handsomely illustrated in earth tones, this touching story was inspired by the real life of writer and educator, Tomás Rivera. Also available in Spanish.

Waiting for the Biblioburro Waiting for the Biblioburro By: Monica Brown Illustrated by: John Parra Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

Meet Ana, a young girl who loves to read. There aren't many books in her small Colombian village, though — until the day Ana meets the Biblioburro, a librarian who brings books through the mountains on the backs of two strong donkeys. Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano, this story asks readers, "How far would you go for a book?"

Wild About Books Wild About Books By: Judy Sierra Illustrated by: Marc Brown Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Molly, the bookmobile librarian, finds a new batch of readers and writers when she accidentally drives into the zoo. "In a flash, every beast in the zoo was stampeding/To learn all about this new something called reading." Lively and appealing illustrations show the fun Molly and the animals have as they build the Zoobrary. Also available in Spanish.

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