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Kid's Books for Bibliophiles

These kid's books about books, libraries, and bookstores celebrate the bibliophile in all of us! Books are ordered below by reading level (less advanced to more advanced). —Julia

Again! Cover Image
By Emily Gravett, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442452312
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2013

Who knew a family of dragons could be so relatable to parents in quarantine? In this fun picture book, Cedric the dragon wants his mom to read the same story over and over and over again. Wearily, she does, and each retelling plays with the story until the surprise conclusion. Fun illustrations and a clever concept will entertain kids and their parents!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442457027
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 19th, 2012

You might recognize this title from a short film that came out a while back, but the book is great too! Follow Mr. Morris Lessmore as his library of books is scattered into the wind. And if you’re looking to entertain your kids for twice as long, this is a good bet: the movie is online and equally fun.

Waiting for the Biblioburro Cover Image
By Monica Brown, John Parra (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582463537
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Published: Tricycle Press - August 9th, 2011

This book has absolutely beautiful illustrations and is another great ode to reading and books. In this one, the Biblioburro is a travelling library pulled by donkeys. You’ll get to learn a few Spanish words as you read this one, but don’t worry, there’s a glossary in the back. A great book about the beauty of stories!

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358141839
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

A true story, The Librarian of Basra celebrates the efforts of a librarian who went to great lengths to protect Basra’s collection of books during the Iraq War. While it does deal with war and even mentions bombings, this book’s political message is about books and their enduring power. I highly recommend this one for older picture book readers.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Cover Image
By Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780802853851
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2014

Have you ever wondered where the idea of a thesaurus came from? This delightful biography of Peter Mark Roget is a great celebration of words and the perfect junior level nonfiction read.

Don't Check Out This Book! Cover Image
By Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781616209766
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Told through letters, memos, and newspaper clippings, this book is an absolutely kooky and heartwarming story about banned books and the students who are determined to fight for them. Full of clever puns and whimsical illustrations, this book is a great pick for early middle grade readers.

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By Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689851865
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2002

A young girl writes a novel and, with a little convincing from her friend, decides to submit it for publishing right under her mother’s nose! This book is basically the fever dream of any young reader/writer, but it’s also just a great book. Part family story and part insider’s look at publishing, The School Story is one of my favorite books from childhood!

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ISBN: 9780062560094
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 25th, 2019

A witch holds a young boy captive, and the boy must tell her a new story every night. A bit creepy, and highly imaginative, Nightbooks will definitely satisfy readers of Coraline, and anyone who wants a story about storytelling that runs a little darker.

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439709101
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2005

Imagine a world where book characters don’t always stay in their books, and it’s not just the good guys who cross into our world! That’s the premise of Inkheart, an absolutely captivating middle grade fantasy. Chock full of gorgeous writing and dark adventure, I definitely recommend this one for readers young and old!

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By Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780140386332
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Published: Puffin Books - January 1st, 1993

You’ve probably heard of The Neverending Story, and rightfully so, since this is a classic that definitely stands the test of time! The story follows Bastian, who steals a book and ends up being absolutely captivated by its tale of Fantastica, a magical doomed land. As Bastian discovers all the wonders of Fantastica, the lines between his story and the book begin to blur. This one is great for readers straddling the middle grade and YA genres.

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ISBN: 9781481497619
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 4th, 2019

In Rogerson’s epic YA fantasy, books are living creatures and libraries are something between houses of knowledge and cages for books. Enter Elizabeth, the sword-wielding librarian who will steal your heart. This has romance, sinister plots, monster battles, and more. YA fantasy lovers will love this unique new world.

Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

Quiet librarian Lazlo Strange has always devoured stories of the mythical lost city of Weep, but what if the city is actually still there? Lazlo knows books and stories, but he’s in for the ride of his life when he gets invited to help find Weep and all its hidden mysteries. This book has some of the most beautiful lyrical writing YA has to offer, and the way the story plays with dreams and fantasies, darkness and magic, is utterly captivating.