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The Best Children’s Books About Libraries

“What are the best Children’s books about Libraries ?” We looked at 180 of the top Kids Libraries books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 14 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Kids Library ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 14 Best Children’s Books About Libraries



14 .) My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World written by Margriet Ruurs

My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup
  • Reading Rockets

Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world.



13 .) The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians written by Carla Morris

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Kids Blog
  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads

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.



12 .) The Library written by Sarah Stewart

The Library

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup

Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.



11 .) The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos written by Lucia M. Gonzalez

The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Book Kids Blog
  • Goodreads

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.



10 .) Waiting for the Biblioburro written by Monica Brown

Waiting for the Biblioburro

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup

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. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia’s BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries.…



9 .) Bats at the Library written by Brian Lies

Bats at the Library

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly
  • Reading Rockets

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.



8 .) Library Mouse (Library Mouse #1) written by Daniel Kirk

Library Mouse (Library Mouse #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Kids Blog
  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Reading Rockets

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.



7 .) The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore written by William Joyce

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Pernillesripp
  • Read Brightly

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books; after a powerful storm 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.…



6 .) The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq written by Jeanette Winter

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Pernillesripp
  • Reading Rockets

Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library–along with the thirty thousand books within it–will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians–especially women–have little power, this true story about a librarian’s struggle to save her community’s priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.…



5 .) The Lonely Book written by Kate Bernheimer

The Lonely Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Book Kids Blog
  • Goodreads
  • Pernillesripp

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.



4 .) Tomas and the Library Lady written by Pat Mora

Tomas and the Library Lady

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Kids Blog
  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup
  • Reading Rockets

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.



3 .) Library Lion written by Michelle Knudsen

Library Lion

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Pernillesripp
  • Read Brightly
  • Reading Rockets

An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library. Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen’s disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.



2 .) That Book Woman written by Heather Henson

That Book Woman

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Book Kids Blog
  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup
  • Reading Rockets

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.



1 .) Lola at the Library written by Anna McQuinn

Lola at the Library

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Book Kids Blog
  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup
  • Pre-K Pages

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




The 150+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Libraries



#BooksAuthorsLists
15Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of IraqMark Alan StamatyA Mighty Girl
Goodreads
16Beatrice Doesn’t Want ToLaura Joffe NumeroffGoodreads
Pernillesripp
17Book! Book! Book!Deborah BrussGoodreads
Read Brightly
18Bunny’s Book ClubAnnie SilvestroBook Riot
Goodreads
19D.W.’s Library CardMarc BrownGoodreads
Reading Rockets
20Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library!Vicki MyronBook Page
Goodreads
21Goin’ Someplace SpecialPatricia C. McKissackBook Kids Blog
Goodreads
22Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians Book Kids Blog
Flashlight Worthy Books
23How to Read A Story Pernillesripp
Pre-K Pages
24Librarian on the Roof! A True StoryM.G. KingA Mighty Girl
Goodreads
25Library LilSuzanne WilliamsA Mighty Girl
Goodreads
26Lola Loves StoriesAnna McQuinnGoodreads
Pre-K Pages
27Lyric McKerrigan, Secret LibrarianJacob Sager Weinstein and Vera BrosgolA Mighty Girl
Book Riot
28Madeline Finn and the Library Dog A Mighty Girl
Imagination Soup
29Miss Brooks Loves Books!Barbara BottnerGoodreads
Pernillesripp
30Miss Dorothy and Her BookmobileGloria HoustonBook Kids Blog
Goodreads
31Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for ChildrenJan PinboroughA Mighty Girl
Goodreads
32No T. Rex in the LibraryToni BuzzeoGoodreads
Read Brightly
33Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading TreeNaoko StoopA Mighty Girl
Book Riot
34Stella Louella’s Runaway BookLisa Campbell ErnstGoodreads
Reading Rockets
35Thank You, Mr. FalkerPatricia PolaccoA Mighty Girl
Goodreads
36The Best Book to Read Pre-K Pages
Pre-K Pages
37The Incredible Book Eating BoyOliver JeffersBook Riot
Pernillesripp
38The Library DragonCarmen Agra Deedy
Flashlight Worthy Books
Goodreads
39The Not So Quiet LibraryZachariah OHoraGoodreads
Read Brightly
40The Whisper A Mighty Girl
Pernillesripp
41This Is My BookMick InkpenGoodreads
Pernillesripp
42Wild About BooksJudy SierraGoodreads
Read Brightly
43WolvesEmily GravettGoodreads
Read Brightly
44A Big Surprise for Library Card Pernillesripp
45A Book Is Just Like You!: All about the Parts of a BookKathleen FoxGoodreads
46A Child of Books A Mighty Girl
47A Library Book for BearBonny BeckerGoodreads
48A Visit to the Sesame Street LibraryDeborah HautzigGoodreads
49Again!Emily GravettBook Riot
50Alistair in Outer SpaceMarilyn SadlerGoodreads
51Also an Octopus Pernillesripp
52Amal Unbound A Mighty Girl
53Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm Reading Rockets
54Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam AffairPatricia PolaccoGoodreads
55Baby Bear’s Books Pre-K Pages
56Ban This Book A Mighty Girl
57Bear’s House of BooksPoppy BishopGoodreads
58Beverly Billingsly Borrows a BookAlexander StadlerGoodreads
59Biblioburro: A True Story from ColombiaJeanette WinterGoodreads
60Book about Books Pernillesripp
61
Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs
 A Mighty Girl
62Book Kids Book Kids Blog
63Book Uncle and Me A Mighty Girl
64
Bookworm Journal: A Reading Log for Kids (and Their Parents)
 A Mighty Girl
65Busy People: Librarian Imagination Soup
66But Excuse Me That Is My BookLauren ChildGoodreads
67Carlo and the Really Nice LibrarianJessica SpanyolGoodreads
68Chicken Story Time Read Brightly
69Clarence the Copy CatPatricia LakinGoodreads
70Corduroy Goes to the LibraryB.G. HennessyGoodreads
71Curious George Visits the LibraryMargret ReyGoodreads
72Delilah D. at the LibraryJeanne WillisGoodreads
73Dewey’s Christmas at the LibraryVicki MyronGoodreads
74Dinosaur vs. the LibraryBob SheaGoodreads
75Dog Loves BooksLouise YatesGoodreads
76
Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky
 
Flashlight Worthy Books
77Dreamers A Mighty Girl
78Excuse Me, I’m Trying to Read! A Mighty Girl
79Fish In A Tree A Mighty Girl
80Franklin’s Library BookSharon JenningsGoodreads
81Hannah’s Bookmobile ChristmasSally DerbyGoodreads
82
Help keep A Mighty Girl growing in the years ahead!
 A Mighty Girl
83Homer the Library CatReeve LindberghGoodreads
84Hot CityBarbara M. JoosseGoodreads
85How a Book Is MadeAlikiGoodreads
86How This Book Was Made Pernillesripp
87I Am A Story Pernillesripp
88I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word Book Kids Blog
89I Like Books Pre-K Pages
90I Took My Frog to the LibraryEric A. KimmelGoodreads
91I Will Not Read This BookCece Meng and Joy AngBook Riot
92I.Q. Goes to the LibraryMary Ann FraserGoodreads
93
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!
 Read Brightly
94Isabella: Star of the Story A Mighty Girl
95It’s Library DayJanet Morgan StoekeGoodreads
96It’s a Book Pernillesripp
97Let Me Finish!Minh Lê and Isabel RoxasBook Riot
98Library Day Pernillesripp
99Library LilyGillian ShieldsGoodreads
100Library On Wheels A Mighty Girl
101Library: An Unquiet History Book Page
102Littlebat’s Halloween StoryDiane MayrGoodreads
103Locked in the Library! (Arthur Chapter Book, #6)Marc BrownGoodreads
104Luna Loves Library Day Imagination Soup
105Maisy Goes to the LibraryLucy CousinsGoodreads
106Manners With a Library Book Pre-K Pages
107Matilda A Mighty Girl
108Mind Your Manners, B.B. WolfJudy SierraGoodreads
109Miss RumphiusBarbara CooneyGoodreads
110Miss Smith and the Haunted LibraryMichael GarlandGoodreads
111My Brigadista Year A Mighty Girl
112No Pirates Allowed! Said Library LouRhonda Gowler GreeneGoodreads
113Once Inside the LibraryBarbara A. HuffGoodreads
114Otto the Book BearKatie CleminsonGoodreads
115Our Librarian Won’t Tell Us Anything 
Flashlight Worthy Books
116Our LibraryEve BuntingGoodreads
117Parsley Rabbit’s Pernillesripp
118Penelope Popper, Book Doctor Pre-K Pages
119Please Bury Me in the LibraryJ. Patrick LewisGoodreads
120Please, Louise Pernillesripp
121Polly Diamond and the Magic Book A Mighty Girl
122Property of the Rebel Librarian A Mighty Girl
123Pumpkin CatAnn TurnerGoodreads
124Quiet! There’s a Canary in the LibraryDon FreemanGoodreads
125Rachel’s LibraryRichard UngarGoodreads
126Reading Makes You Feel Good Pre-K Pages
127
Reading Together: Everything You Need To Know To Raise A Child Who Loves To Read
 A Mighty Girl
128Red Light, Green Light, Mama and MeCari BestGoodreads
129Richard Wright and the Library CardWilliam MillerGoodreads
130Ron’s Big MissionRose BlueGoodreads
131Running the Books Book Page
132Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Imagination Soup
133Stuart Little at the Library (An I Can Read Picture Book)Susan HillGoodreads
134Tell Me Some More…Crosby BonsallGoodreads
135The Archivist Book Page
136The Berenstain Bears: We Love the LibraryMike BerenstainGoodreads
137The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest BookstoreVaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory ChristieBook Riot
138The Book Thief A Mighty Girl
139
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Reader in Every Child
 A Mighty Girl
140The Borrower Book Page
141The Camel Bookmobile Book Page
142The Children Who Loved BooksPeter CarnavasGoodreads
143The Day Dirk Yeller Came to TownMary CasanovaGoodreads
144The Detective DogJulia DonaldsonGoodreads
145The Enchanted LibraryKaren AndreaGoodreads
146The Fox in the LibraryLorenz PauliGoodreads
147The Geographer’s Library Book Page
148The Ghost LibraryDavid MellingGoodreads
149The Girl Who Hated BooksManjusha Pawagi and Leanne FransonBook Riot
150The Good Little BookKyo Maclear and Marion ArbonaBook Riot
151The Good Luck of Right Now Book Page
152The Great Dewey Hunt [With Booklet]Toni BuzzeoGoodreads
153The Historian Book Page
154The Ice Queen Book Page
155The Inner Circle Book Page
156The Librarian from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon, #5)Mike ThalerGoodreads
157The Librarian of Auschwitz A Mighty Girl
158The Library DoorsToni BuzzeoGoodreads
159The Library Gingerbread ManDotti EnderleGoodreads
160The Library PagesCarlene MortonGoodreads
161The Little Red FishTaeeun YooGoodreads
162The Mermaid’s Purse A Mighty Girl
163The Midnight LibraryKazuno KoharaGoodreads
164The Read-Aloud Handbook A Mighty Girl
165The Right Word: Roget and His ThesaurusJen Bryant and Melissa SweetBook Riot
166The Shadow of the Wind Book Page
167The Time Traveler’s Wife Book Page
168The Wild Book A Mighty Girl
169The World’s Strongest Librarian Book Page
170This Book Is Overdue! Book Page
171Thomas Jefferson Builds a LibraryBarb RosenstockGoodreads
172Voices A Mighty Girl
173We’re Going on a Book HuntPat MillerGoodreads
174Wednesday Surprise A Mighty Girl
175What Happened to Marion’s Book?Brook BergGoodreads
176What Marion Taught WillisBrook BergGoodreads
177When the Library Lights Go OutMegan McDonaldGoodreads
178
Why Can’t My Daughter Read?: Success Strategies for Helping Girls with Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties
 A Mighty Girl
179Winston the Book WolfMarni McGeeGoodreads
180Word Wizard A Mighty Girl


11 Best Libraries Children’s Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
A Mighty Girl 35 Mighty Girl Books Celebrating Reading, Libraries, and Literacy
Book Kids Blog 11 Memorable Children’s Books About Libraries and Librarians …
Book Page 15 of our favorite books about libraries and librarians
Book Riot Read To Me: 14 Best Children’s Books About Books
Flashlight Worthy Books Children’s Picture Books About Libraries
Goodreads Picture Books about the Library!
Imagination Soup Picture Books That Celebrate the Library
Pernillesripp Picture Books that Celebrate Books and Libraries
Pre-K Pages Preschool Books About the Library
Read Brightly 10 Imaginative Children’s Books About Libraries
Reading Rockets Favorite Stories About Libraries and Librarians

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