When I was a child, one of my favorite places to visit was the local public library. There were so many amazing books to discover! The picture books that I found were magical- they had the ability to take me on adventures to faraway places beyond my imagination. The library was a treasure just waiting to be enjoyed. As I grew older, books and libraries continued to be some of my very favorite things. If you are the parent or a friend of a small child, I encourage you to start them on this fantastic journey of discovery. I would like to share some of my favorite children’s books about the library.

Pete the Cat Checks Out the Library by James Dean.

In this story, Pete’s Mom takes him to the library for his very first time and gets him his very own library card. Pete discovers that there are so many exciting books to enjoy. He finds books about planes and jets and pretends that he is a stunt pilot. He finds books about superheroes and makes believe that he is a superhero who saves the day. Pete discovers that he can be whatever he imagines with a book!

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker

Bear has seven books at home, which he insists are all he will ever need. When his friend Mouse insists they take a visit to the library, Bear very reluctantly goes along. When they arrive at the library, Bear finds that there are more books than he ever imagined even existed. Yet, he can’t find even one that suits him. Just before they turn to go home, Bear overhears a story time in the next room. It turns out the story is about a pickle-loving bear- just like him!  Bear is fascinated and joins the group. When he learns he can borrow the book and take it home, Bear decides that the library just might be a place he will learn to love.

Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher

It’s story time at the library, and the children love it. So does the chicken! Before you know it, there are more children and more chickens coming to story time! Soon, there are more children and more chickens and more chaos than the librarian knows what to do with. Read this book to discover what she comes up with for a calm and relaxing story hour that EVERYONE loves!

The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

Once upon a time, there was a little library that was only open at night. The little librarian and her three assistant owls helped everyone find the perfect book. The library was always a peaceful and quiet place…until one night when some of the animals stirred up some trouble and a LOT of noise! Read to find out how the little librarian and her assistants calmed things down and made everyone happy.

The Library Book by Tom Chapin

Check out this wonderful celebration of libraries and children’s books!  A young child wakes up to a rainy and gloomy Saturday morning and wonders what he can do for fun today. Deciding that he is tired of all the shows on television and hanging around the house, he realizes that this is the perfect day to go visit the library. Once there, he meets up with fantastic characters in the books he finds, such as Mother Goose, Curious George, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio. He checks out these books and takes home a wealth of imaginative stories and new friends to enjoy.

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

Madeline Finn does NOT like to read, but she does want a gold star from her teacher. One day Madeline meets Bonnie, the library dog. She doesn’t mind reading to Bonnie, who teaches her that it’s ok to make mistakes, it’s ok to go slow, and it’s important to keep trying. After several weeks of reading to Bonnie, Madeline is able to read with confidence to her class. She even earns a gold star from her teacher!

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