Title: Library Girl
Author: Karen Henry Clark
Major Themes: Libraries, Books, Reading
Synopsis: Nancy’s passion for books as a girl became a mission as an adult.
I’m always delighted to find a new picture book biography to read with my children. I’ll have to admit that it’s not hard to find books that they enjoy, because they will enjoy almost anything I will read to them. I had a few minutes this morning, so I offered to read Library Girl to my seven-year-old. She was enthralled with the story, and if I had to pause for a minute she was rather impatient for me to get back to it.
When Nancy was a schoolgirl, she loved reading more than recess. Instead of playing games with the other children, she wanted to go to the library and read. The other children couldn’t understand her and her love for books. She was very excited when the school librarian told her about the public library close to them. On Saturday, she jumped on her bicycle, which she pretended was a horse, and went to the library. After that, she spent all day on Saturday reading books in the library. Then one day, the librarian asked her to give a talk about books to other children. Nancy didn’t think she could do it.
Library Girl is a beautiful story of how a childhood passion turned into a life mission. Nancy Pearl, who was born in 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, became one of America’s most celebrated librarians. Her passion for books as a girl led to a career as a librarian, as well as other positions. I enjoyed the illustrations. The illustrator has done a great job of showing how mental images from the books Nancy read swirled through her head.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Listening Level—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12
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Book Depository: Hardcover
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