Little Libraries, Big Heroes

A book cover with people and a little library.

Little Libraries, Big Heroes (2019)
Author: Miranda Paul, Illustrator: John Parra
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Age: 4-8

"This book proves ordinary people can do extraordinary, life-changing things. Readers will be inspired to make their own difference in the world." —Pat Zietlow Miller, NYT bestselling author of Be Kind

"Little Libraries, Big Heroes captures the magic of the Little Free Library movement and the power of a single person to make a difference. When kids read this book, we think they'll want to be big heroes, too! Highly recommended!" —Margret Aldrich, program manager at the national Little Free Library nonprofit organization and author of The Little Free Library Book

From an award-winning author and illustrator, the inspiring story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books, from founder Todd Bol’s first installation to the creation of more than 80,000 mini-libraries, in all 50 states, and 90+ countries around the world.

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"[A] celebration and history of the Little Free Library movement....A book to share about book-sharing at its best."—Kirkus

"The way the text traces Bol’s big idea back to its emotional source offers a path to heroes literary and ordinary both."—Publishers Weekly

"Kids curious about the little neighborhood libraries that look a bit like oversized mailboxes or book-holding birdhouses will be interested to find out how they came to be and how a simple idea can gain traction."—Booklist

"The childlike acrylic illustrations and engaging text make this title accessible to young readers, but the story will appeal to and inspire all ages to join the movement. An important book recognizing a true everyday hero."—School Library Journal

"Parra’s friendly, bustling illustrations convey the power of a truly unifying and useful idea."—The New York Times

The 2019 Nerdies: Nonfiction Picture Books, The Nerdy Book Club
2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Bank Street Book Committee's Best Books of the Year
Junior Library Guild Selection
CCBC Choices 2020
2020 Great Reads National Reading List
Applied Arts 2020 Illustration Award's Winner
Original Art Show Selection, NY Society of Illustrators
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award's Nominee

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