The cutest yellow dog in children's books is back! In Biscuit Loves the Library, Biscuit plays with puppets, listens to recorded books, and meets a friendly librarian. The Biscuit easy readers are always adorable; this one is doubly so!
Bob Shea's young dinosaur has found himself in many challenging situations, but the library might be his biggest one yet. Dinosaur vs. the Library finds our young friend learning proper library manners in a very boisterous and wacky way, as only Bob Shea can create.
Angela Johnson's Lottie Paris is a darling character, so I'm hoping that we'll have more adventures with her. What is the "best place" in Lottie Paris and the Best Place? Why, the library, of course! Lottie Paris and Papa Pete not only discover new reads, but also meet a new friend.
Cross-cultural books are among my favorite type of books to read, so My Librarian is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World has always been at the top of my "books about libraries" list. Margriet Ruurs introduces us to the way children who don't have physical libraries in their community get access to books. It's an informative and humbling read illustrating how books are cherished by diverse communities.
We have several excellent picture book biographies about our third president; Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library focuses on Thomas Jefferson's insatiable thirst for knowledge and his enormous personal library, which became part of the restored Library of Congress collection, whose original contents were destroyed in the War of 1812.
Adult patrons might want to check out these two intriguing library reads:
Dewey: The Small-Time Library Cat Who Touched the World is not only a sweet story about a cat who supervises a library, but it's also a fine story about a community and library facing challenging economic times.
The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, And the Power of Family is not only an awesome title, but it's also an awesome read about a librarian who deals with infertility, struggles with his Mormon faith, and Tourette's Syndrome with a great deal of strength (emotional and physical-he lifts weights), insight, and humor.
(Psssst....Susan Orlean is writing a book about the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire, in which 20% of the Central Library collection was destroyed, with the remaining holdings suffering smoke and water damage; if you've read her books, you'll agree with me that it will probably be amazing. More details here.)
Happy National Library Week!