Biography, Books and Library

Little Libraries, Big Heroes By Miranda Paul

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Back of Book: 

Todd and his friends love heroes. But in school, Todd doesn’t feel heroic. Reading is hard for him, and he gets scolded for asking too many questions. How will he ever become the kind of hero he admires?

 Featuring stunning illustrations that celebrate the diversity of the Little Free Library movement, here is the story of how its founder, Todd Bol, became a literacy superhero. Thanks to Todd and thousands of volunteers—many of whom are kids—millions of books have been enjoyed around the world.

My Review: I received a copy of this picture book from Clarion Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 

This is an outstanding nonfiction biography that looks at the life and work of Todd Bol. The story begins with Todd’s childhood and allows readers a glimpse into how his love of books and reading began. The text goes on to share with readers how he and Rick Brooks created a way for all people to have access to books. There are now 75,000 free little libraries around the world. I love how author Miranda Paul focuses on how ordinary people can do extraordinary things. She teaches children that a person doesn’t have to be famous to impact the world. 

The illustrations by John Parra are nothing short of spectacular! The colors are vibrant and draw readers into the story. I love that the text changes different colors as well. It allows visual learners to focus on the story. The back of the book has more information about free little libraries as well as more information about the people and events in the book. This is a must-read that celebrates literacy as well as the beauty of giving to others. As a teacher, I cannot wait to share this book with my classroom and maybe create a Free Little Library of our own. 

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages 

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