One of our favourite books at Hippocampus is ‘Biblioburro’ by Jeanette Winterson. This book is precious to us not only because it narrates the amazing journey of a passionate teacher, but also because it celebrates the simple yet powerful pleasures of reading. We often read this book aloud during our training sessions with teachers and librarians, and it has always captivated and inspired every one of them.
Every school library must own at least a few children’s books that celebrate libraries, books and reading. Here are five that we strongly recommend:
- ‘Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia’ by Jeanette Winter
The inspiring story of a teacher who starts a travelling library to spread his love for reading to children in faraway villages. Complete with an author’s note about the real man in Columbia on whom this story is based.
- ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ by Oliver Jeffers
Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up. But one day he feels sick to his stomach. Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without eating them? With stunning illustrations, Oliver Jeffers’ book celebrates the joys of reading in this charming picture book.
- ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.Morris Lessmore’ by William Joyce
A story that shows that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate – and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.
- ‘Library Lion’ by Michelle Knudson
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue. Knudsen’s disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.
- ‘The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq’ by Jeanette Winter
Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. But now war has come, and Alia fears that the library will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians -especially women – have little power, this true story about a librarian’s struggle to save her community’s priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.
The image used in this blog post is from Jeanette Winter’s ‘Biblioburro’.