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



# Books Authors Lists
15 Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq Mark Alan Stamaty A Mighty Girl
Goodreads
16 Beatrice Doesn’t Want To Laura Joffe Numeroff Goodreads
Pernillesripp
17 Book! Book! Book! Deborah Bruss Goodreads
Read Brightly
18 Bunny’s Book Club Annie Silvestro Book Riot
Goodreads
19 D.W.’s Library Card Marc Brown Goodreads
Reading Rockets
20 Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library! Vicki Myron Book Page
Goodreads
21 Goin’ Someplace Special Patricia C. McKissack Book Kids Blog
Goodreads
22 Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians   Book Kids Blog
Flashlight Worthy Books
23 How to Read A Story   Pernillesripp
Pre-K Pages
24 Librarian on the Roof! A True Story M.G. King A Mighty Girl
Goodreads
25 Library Lil Suzanne Williams A Mighty Girl
Goodreads
26 Lola Loves Stories Anna McQuinn Goodreads
Pre-K Pages
27 Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian Jacob Sager Weinstein and Vera Brosgol A Mighty Girl
Book Riot
28 Madeline Finn and the Library Dog   A Mighty Girl
Imagination Soup
29 Miss Brooks Loves Books! Barbara Bottner Goodreads
Pernillesripp
30 Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile Gloria Houston Book Kids Blog
Goodreads
31 Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children Jan Pinborough A Mighty Girl
Goodreads
32 No T. Rex in the Library Toni Buzzeo Goodreads
Read Brightly
33 Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree Naoko Stoop A Mighty Girl
Book Riot
34 Stella Louella’s Runaway Book Lisa Campbell Ernst Goodreads
Reading Rockets
35 Thank You, Mr. Falker Patricia Polacco A Mighty Girl
Goodreads
36 The Best Book to Read   Pre-K Pages
Pre-K Pages
37 The Incredible Book Eating Boy Oliver Jeffers Book Riot
Pernillesripp
38 The Library Dragon Carmen Agra Deedy
Flashlight Worthy Books
Goodreads
39 The Not So Quiet Library Zachariah OHora Goodreads
Read Brightly
40 The Whisper   A Mighty Girl
Pernillesripp
41 This Is My Book Mick Inkpen Goodreads
Pernillesripp
42 Wild About Books Judy Sierra Goodreads
Read Brightly
43 Wolves Emily Gravett Goodreads
Read Brightly
44 A Big Surprise for Library Card   Pernillesripp
45 A Book Is Just Like You!: All about the Parts of a Book Kathleen Fox Goodreads
46 A Child of Books   A Mighty Girl
47 A Library Book for Bear Bonny Becker Goodreads
48 A Visit to the Sesame Street Library Deborah Hautzig Goodreads
49 Again! Emily Gravett Book Riot
50 Alistair in Outer Space Marilyn Sadler Goodreads
51 Also an Octopus   Pernillesripp
52 Amal Unbound   A Mighty Girl
53 Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm   Reading Rockets
54 Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair Patricia Polacco Goodreads
55 Baby Bear’s Books   Pre-K Pages
56 Ban This Book   A Mighty Girl
57 Bear’s House of Books Poppy Bishop Goodreads
58 Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book Alexander Stadler Goodreads
59 Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia Jeanette Winter Goodreads
60 Book about Books   Pernillesripp
61
Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs
  A Mighty Girl
62 Book Kids   Book Kids Blog
63 Book Uncle and Me   A Mighty Girl
64
Bookworm Journal: A Reading Log for Kids (and Their Parents)
  A Mighty Girl
65 Busy People: Librarian   Imagination Soup
66 But Excuse Me That Is My Book Lauren Child Goodreads
67 Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian Jessica Spanyol Goodreads
68 Chicken Story Time   Read Brightly
69 Clarence the Copy Cat Patricia Lakin Goodreads
70 Corduroy Goes to the Library B.G. Hennessy Goodreads
71 Curious George Visits the Library Margret Rey Goodreads
72 Delilah D. at the Library Jeanne Willis Goodreads
73 Dewey’s Christmas at the Library Vicki Myron Goodreads
74 Dinosaur vs. the Library Bob Shea Goodreads
75 Dog Loves Books Louise Yates Goodreads
76
Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky
 
Flashlight Worthy Books
77 Dreamers   A Mighty Girl
78 Excuse Me, I’m Trying to Read!   A Mighty Girl
79 Fish In A Tree   A Mighty Girl
80 Franklin’s Library Book Sharon Jennings Goodreads
81 Hannah’s Bookmobile Christmas Sally Derby Goodreads
82
Help keep A Mighty Girl growing in the years ahead!
  A Mighty Girl
83 Homer the Library Cat Reeve Lindbergh Goodreads
84 Hot City Barbara M. Joosse Goodreads
85 How a Book Is Made Aliki Goodreads
86 How This Book Was Made   Pernillesripp
87 I Am A Story   Pernillesripp
88 I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word   Book Kids Blog
89 I Like Books   Pre-K Pages
90 I Took My Frog to the Library Eric A. Kimmel Goodreads
91 I Will Not Read This Book Cece Meng and Joy Ang Book Riot
92 I.Q. Goes to the Library Mary Ann Fraser Goodreads
93
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!
  Read Brightly
94 Isabella: Star of the Story   A Mighty Girl
95 It’s Library Day Janet Morgan Stoeke Goodreads
96 It’s a Book   Pernillesripp
97 Let Me Finish! Minh Lê and Isabel Roxas Book Riot
98 Library Day   Pernillesripp
99 Library Lily Gillian Shields Goodreads
100 Library On Wheels   A Mighty Girl
101 Library: An Unquiet History   Book Page
102 Littlebat’s Halloween Story Diane Mayr Goodreads
103 Locked in the Library! (Arthur Chapter Book, #6) Marc Brown Goodreads
104 Luna Loves Library Day   Imagination Soup
105 Maisy Goes to the Library Lucy Cousins Goodreads
106 Manners With a Library Book   Pre-K Pages
107 Matilda   A Mighty Girl
108 Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf Judy Sierra Goodreads
109 Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney Goodreads
110 Miss Smith and the Haunted Library Michael Garland Goodreads
111 My Brigadista Year   A Mighty Girl
112 No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou Rhonda Gowler Greene Goodreads
113 Once Inside the Library Barbara A. Huff Goodreads
114 Otto the Book Bear Katie Cleminson Goodreads
115 Our Librarian Won’t Tell Us Anything  
Flashlight Worthy Books
116 Our Library Eve Bunting Goodreads
117 Parsley Rabbit’s   Pernillesripp
118 Penelope Popper, Book Doctor   Pre-K Pages
119 Please Bury Me in the Library J. Patrick Lewis Goodreads
120 Please, Louise   Pernillesripp
121 Polly Diamond and the Magic Book   A Mighty Girl
122 Property of the Rebel Librarian   A Mighty Girl
123 Pumpkin Cat Ann Turner Goodreads
124 Quiet! There’s a Canary in the Library Don Freeman Goodreads
125 Rachel’s Library Richard Ungar Goodreads
126 Reading 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
128 Red Light, Green Light, Mama and Me Cari Best Goodreads
129 Richard Wright and the Library Card William Miller Goodreads
130 Ron’s Big Mission Rose Blue Goodreads
131 Running the Books   Book Page
132 Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library   Imagination Soup
133 Stuart Little at the Library (An I Can Read Picture Book) Susan Hill Goodreads
134 Tell Me Some More… Crosby Bonsall Goodreads
135 The Archivist   Book Page
136 The Berenstain Bears: We Love the Library Mike Berenstain Goodreads
137 The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie Book Riot
138 The Book Thief   A Mighty Girl
139
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Reader in Every Child
  A Mighty Girl
140 The Borrower   Book Page
141 The Camel Bookmobile   Book Page
142 The Children Who Loved Books Peter Carnavas Goodreads
143 The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town Mary Casanova Goodreads
144 The Detective Dog Julia Donaldson Goodreads
145 The Enchanted Library Karen Andrea Goodreads
146 The Fox in the Library Lorenz Pauli Goodreads
147 The Geographer’s Library   Book Page
148 The Ghost Library David Melling Goodreads
149 The Girl Who Hated Books Manjusha Pawagi and Leanne Franson Book Riot
150 The Good Little Book Kyo Maclear and Marion Arbona Book Riot
151 The Good Luck of Right Now   Book Page
152 The Great Dewey Hunt [With Booklet] Toni Buzzeo Goodreads
153 The Historian   Book Page
154 The Ice Queen   Book Page
155 The Inner Circle   Book Page
156 The Librarian from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon, #5) Mike Thaler Goodreads
157 The Librarian of Auschwitz   A Mighty Girl
158 The Library Doors Toni Buzzeo Goodreads
159 The Library Gingerbread Man Dotti Enderle Goodreads
160 The Library Pages Carlene Morton Goodreads
161 The Little Red Fish Taeeun Yoo Goodreads
162 The Mermaid’s Purse   A Mighty Girl
163 The Midnight Library Kazuno Kohara Goodreads
164 The Read-Aloud Handbook   A Mighty Girl
165 The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet Book Riot
166 The Shadow of the Wind   Book Page
167 The Time Traveler’s Wife   Book Page
168 The Wild Book   A Mighty Girl
169 The World’s Strongest Librarian   Book Page
170 This Book Is Overdue!   Book Page
171 Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library Barb Rosenstock Goodreads
172 Voices   A Mighty Girl
173 We’re Going on a Book Hunt Pat Miller Goodreads
174 Wednesday Surprise   A Mighty Girl
175 What Happened to Marion’s Book? Brook Berg Goodreads
176 What Marion Taught Willis Brook Berg Goodreads
177 When the Library Lights Go Out Megan McDonald Goodreads
178
Why Can’t My Daughter Read?: Success Strategies for Helping Girls with Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties
  A Mighty Girl
179 Winston the Book Wolf Marni McGee Goodreads
180 Word Wizard   A Mighty Girl


11 Best Libraries Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
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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