35 Books For National Library Week

The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora
Oskar and and his bear Theodore must save the day when an angry monster barges into the library … and thinks it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet!



Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough
Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages.



Dewey: The Library Cat by Vicki Myron
Abandoned in a library book drop slot in the dead of winter, this remarkable kitten miraculously endured the coldest night of the year. When librarian Vicki Myron found him in the morning, she wrapped him in her arms, nurtured him back to health, and introduced him to his new home – the library. Helping Myron through a difficult time, and inspiring the struggling town of Spencer, Iowa, Dewey gained worldwide fame as a symbol of hope, warming the hearts of all with his tail…or rather, his tale.


Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana’s excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return.



Such a Library! by Jill Ross Nadler
Stevie craves quiet until he meets Miss Understood, a magical librarian whose books come to life and wreak havoc, in this modern day twist on an old Yiddish folktale.



The Efficient, Inventive (often annoying) Melvil Dewey by Alexis O’Neill
Melvil Dewey liked order and efficiency, lists and measurements, which is what led him to create a library classification system and a school for teaching his library science.



Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat.



Library Lion by Michelle Knudson
lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.



Planting stories : the Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Denise
A biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, who championed bilingual literature.



The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla D. Morris
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.



My Librarian is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs
Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world.



A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker
Although he sees no need for more books to read, Bear agrees to accompany Mouse to the library.



Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg’s efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art.



Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.



The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
Tells the true story of Alia Muhammad Baker, the librarian in Basra, Iraq, and what she did to save the library and its precious collection of books during the war of 2003.



The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
Follows Dita Kraus from the age of fourteen, when she is put in charge of a few forbidden books at Auschwitz, through the end of World War II and beyond.




Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.


Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story.



The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
Once there was a library that only opened at night. Step inside and meet the little librarian and her three assistant owls.



Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro
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.



Do Not Bring Your Dragon To The Library by Julie Gassman
A child brings a dragon to the library and learns a valuable lesson–libraries and dragons do not mix.



If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library — Don’t! by Elise Parsley
Magnolia returns to explain the many downsides to bringing a circus to a local library.



Goin’ Someplace Special by Pat McKissack
In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.



Digging For Words by Angela Burke Kunkel
In Bogotá, Columbia, young José eagerly anticipates Saturday, when he can visit the library started by José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector, and take a book home to enjoy all week. Includes note about Gutiérrez’s life and Bogotá.


Luna Loves Library Day by Joesph Coelho
Today is Luna’s library day. Book bag, check. Library card, check. Adventures with bugs, dinosaurs, magic and Dad, check!



Lost in the Library by Josh Funk
Patience, one of the New York Public Library lions, is missing and Fortitude, the other lion, searches the building from top to bottom seeking him.



Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Hopkins
A humorous adaptation of the folktale Goldilocks and the three bears, which portrays the bears as “libearians” and Goldie Socks finds just the right book and the perfect place to read it.



Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. But what can she do? The local elections are coming up but she’s just a kid. She can’t even vote! Still, Yasmin has friends — her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a black belt in karate. And she has grownup family and neighbors who, no matter how preoccupied they are, care about what goes on in their community.


Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomás finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.



The Storyteller’s Candle by Lucia M. Gonzalez
During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood’s first Three Kings’ Day fiesta.


The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer
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.



Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston
Dorothy has always wanted to work in a library like the red brick one of her girlhood, but after moving to rural North Carolina she discovers that the type of library is less important than the books and the people who read them.


That Book Woman by Heather Henson
A family living in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s gets books to read during the regular visits of the “Book Woman”–a librarian who rides a pack horse through the mountains, lending books to the isolated residents.


Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.



I Know a Librarian Who Chewed On a Word by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
Miss Devine the librarian adds a new twist to the well-known cumulative rhyme in which the solution proves worse than the predicament when she eats an important word.




The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle
The Gingerbread Man, famous for leading a host of townsfolk and animals in a wild chase about the countryside, lives at 398.2 on the library shelves. But the Gingerbread Man is not the type of cookie that stays in one place for very long, and one day he just can’t help himself. With a leap and a whoosh, he escapes the librarian’s grasp, and the chase for the wily Gingerbread Man is on again.