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Library Girl

Library Girl

How Nancy Pearl Became America's Most Celebrated Librarian

Illustrated by Sheryl Murray


Library Girl

About the Book

Library Girl is the inspiring childhood story of how beloved librarian, author, and Seattle icon, Nancy Pearl discovered her strengths and realized her passion.  It is a loving tribute to the power books and librarians have to transform children’s lives.

Nancy Pearl loved books and spent so much time in her school library that her grade school classmates teased her, calling her “library girl.”  When she discovers her neighborhood public library is open on Saturday, she begins the adventure of her lifetime. There, an inspiring librarian recognizes her abilities, recommends books that ignite her vivid imagination, and provides experiences to bolster her burgeoning self-confidence.  As she loses herself in the books she finds herself in their pages and comes to recognize her strengths. Her self-discovery brings a realization at a young age that she wants to become a librarian so she can help children discover their dreams. 
This young girl, Nancy Pearl, grows up to become “America’s Most Celebrated Librarian,” devoting her life to talking about books up and down library aisles, on radio and television, at conferences and colleges around the world. Ultimately, she authors books about books, believing that reading allows people to find dreams of their own . . . with the turn of every page.

Product Details

On sale: September 27, 2022
Age: 5-9 years
Grade: Grades K-4
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781632173188
Reading level: Lexile: 550L | Fountas/Pinnell: M

Author Bio

KAREN HENRY CLARK, as a toddler, wrote a story with a crayon on the living room wall. Recognizing her passion, her father supplied paper, and her mother took her to the public library every week. Her writing ambition was sealed. Her writing for adults continues on her blog, Margin Notes, where she examines ordinary moments that reveal simple truth and stunning magic at www.KarenHenryClark.com.

SHERYL MURRAY grew up near Chicago in a rambunctious family of eight kids. Storytelling was an everyday thing at her house: whether it was a family backyard theatrical production, making up bedtime stories for her younger brothers or convincing her mom that she couldn’t possibly have been the one who drew on the baby. She was also the family artist, drawing on everything and everyone. Sheryl now focuses her love for drawing and visual storytelling on picture books. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


“The luminous, pastel-like artwork of this heartwarming biography brings both young Nancy and her vivid imagination to life.”--Booklist

"Taking solace in books, a bullied child finds her confidence (and future career) at the public library."--Kirkus Reviews

The illustrations are in dreamy, soft pastel colors, with scenes emerging from books or her imagination in translucent blues and white. A good addition to biography collections."--School Library Journal

The book is full of wonderful details and real people"--Real Change Newspaper