Libraries Gone Wild! 10 Imaginative Picture Books About Libraries
by Dena McMurdie
Going to the library is always an adventure, and these picture books prove just how exciting it can be. From a storytime invaded by poultry to a wild ride through the bookshelves on the back of a T. Rex, these tales remind us that the library is a magical place, full of possibility and fun.
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!
Can you really do anything at the library? Magnolia thinks so and she decides to set up a circus among the books. With bright illustrations and plenty of laugh-out-loud humor, this story is perfect for kids who love the library.
Chicken Story Time
Storytime at the library gets interesting when a chicken shows up. As more and more chickens start attending, things get a little hectic. Fortunately, the librarian is able to find a solution to curb the storytime chaos while keeping everyone happy.
Bats at the Library
When someone leaves the window open at the public library, a group of bats take advantage of the situation. If you’ve ever wondered what you can do at a library when everyone is gone, then you’ll enjoy this late-night literary adventure.
When a lion wanders into the library for storytime, he’s given permission to stay and help out as long as he obeys the rules. This heartwarming tale of a lion, a library, and kindness has become a modern classic.
The Not So Quiet Library
A library visit, donuts for breakfast, and a five-headed book-eating monster make this hilarious picture book an irresistible read. It’s a far-fetched story that celebrates imagination and the magic of storytime.
A little rabbit goes to the library and checks out a book about wolves. He’s so engrossed in reading that he doesn’t notice when he walks into serious trouble. With dark humor and a shocking ending, Wolves gets better each time you read it.
Wild About Books
What happens when a librarian mistakenly drives her bookmobile into the zoo? She finds the perfect book for each animal, of course. From Harry Potter for the otters to dramas for the llamas, this delightful book is a reading frenzy!
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
This beautifully illustrated story is about a man, his love of writing, a library full of magic books, and a lifetime dedicated to the written word. Adapted into an Academy Award-winning short film, this book celebrates the power of stories.
No T. Rex in the Library
When a T. Rex springs to life out of the pages of a library book, Tess and the dinosaur go on a wild ride through the bookshelves. This vibrant and colorful book is a fun reminder to leave beastly behavior at home when you visit the library.
Book! Book! Book!
Get ready to make some animal noises! A group of farm animals visits their local library but they have a hard time telling the librarian what they want. This chuckle-inducing story will keep both you and your child smiling through every pun-filled page.
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