Thematic Reading List: Librarians Rock!
A book can change a thought, a belief, an action. A book can bring understanding and exploration. While books can have these powers, it sometimes takes a powerful person to connect us with these books. That powerful person in the library is the librarian. A librarian shares in the reading journey by connecting the voice of the book with the soul of the chosen reader. These ten books focus on stories of readers whose lives were impacted by a librarian. One book even demonstrates how a librarian affected an entire city. How lucky we are to have school and public libraries staffed with these knowledgeable individuals!
|The Boy Who Was Raised By Librarians
By: Carla D. Morris
Illustrated by: Brad Sneed
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.
|Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian
Written and illustrated by: Jessica Spanyol
When Carlo the giraffe and Crackers the cat visit the new library, they meet Mrs. Chinca, a very friendly and helpful librarian.
|The Librarian from the Black Lagoon
By: Mike Thaler
Illustrated by: Jared Lee
While preparing for a class trip to the school library, a young boy recalls all the horrible things he has heard about the librarian and her policies.
|The Librarian of Basra: a true story from Iraq
Written and illustrated by: Jeanette Winter
Alia Muhammad Baker is the real-life librarian of Basra. As the war in Iraq approaches her city, she wonders what will happen to the library’s 30,000 books. Will they be destroyed, or can she find a way to save them?
By: Suzanne Williams
Illustrated by: Steven Kellogg
A formidable librarian makes readers not only out of the once resistant residents of her small town but out of a tough-talking, television-watching motorcycle gang as well.
|Lola at the Library
By: Anna McQuinn
Illustrated by: Rosalind Beardshaw
Every Tuesday, Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings and share a special treat.
|Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t)
By: Barbara Bottner
Illustrated by: Michael Emberley
A first-grade girl who does not like to read stubbornly resists her school librarian’s efforts to convince her to love books until she finds one that might change her mind.
|Noob and the Librarian Supervillain
By: Tristan Bancks & Dean Gorissen
Charlie Boon, called Noob, who believes himself to be a secret superhero, decides that Miss Chowder, the school librarian, is a supervillain–and once again, he lets his imagination run away with him.
|That Book Woman
By: Heather Henson
Illustrated by: David Small
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.
|Tomás and the Library Lady
By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Raúl Colón
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. Based on the real experience in the life of the famous writer Tomás Rivera, the son of migrant workers who became an education leader and university president.