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Library-Themed Picture Books for Kids

Libraries are a great place for young children, and there are so many great picture books about libraries to share with kids too. Here are some of our favorites.

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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 then places on the shelves with the other library books. But when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author. Read all of the Library Mouse's adventures! Also available in: downloadable audiobook.

Picture Book, 2007

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Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson

Otto lives in a book in a house but when no one is looking he comes to life to read his favorite stories and practice his writing. Whe he is left behind one day, he must set out in search of a new home and finds a building full of light and hope: a library.

Picture Book, 2011

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Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea

It's storytime. Can Dinosaur contain his roar? Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places, the library, and on the way he encounters a series of animals, including a cow, baby chicks, a turtle, and an owl, and shares his roars with each.

Picture Book, 2011

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

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado 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. This book also inspired an Academy Award-winning short film.

Picture Book, 2012

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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. This book, available in English and Spanish, is perfect for introducing the library and the love of books to younger children.

Picture Book, 2006

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

In this humorous tale, a curious young boy 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.

Picture Book, 2007

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The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

As his class prepares to visit the school library for the first time, a young boy imagines the worst, based on stories he's heard about the librarian, Mrs. Beamster. Also available in: streaming audiobook.

Picture Book, 1997

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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.

Picture Book, 2001

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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. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book, 2008

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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.

Picture Book, 1997

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Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as until he learns to obey the library's rules and help his librarian friend.

Picture Book, 2006

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Library Lil by Suzanne Williams

A tall tale featuring a formidable librarian who makes readers not only out of the once resistant residents of her small town, but also out of a tough-talking, television-watching motorcycle gang as well.

Picture Book, 1997

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Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss

When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do. A classic storytime favorite!

Picture Book, 2001

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The Library by Sarah Stewart

Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, what should she do? Start her own public library, of course!

Picture Book, 1995

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Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

When the new teacher, Miss Smith, reads to her class, Zack and his classmates are amazed to find that the storybook characters truly come to life. (And I once knew a librarian who looked exactly like Miss Smith!)

Picture Book, 2003