Picture books that love libraries

There's a Lion in the Library book cover

We love libraries, and we love picture books. So here's our list of picture books that love libraries too!

These books are a great way to get children excited about their first trip to the library, or to keep them enthused about going (not that they would need it!).

  • Luna Loves Library Day

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Luna Loves Library Day

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    From the talented poet Joseph Coelho, this charming picture book highlights the wonders of libraries for families and communities.…

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  • Lulu Loves the Library

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Lulu Loves the Library

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Lulu has her library card, her rucksack full of borrowed books, and a big smile on her face, because it's Tuesday – and on T…

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  • Bears Don't Read

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Bears Don't Read

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

    Bears Don't Read  is a wonderfully engaging picture book about the joy of reading and how much fun it can be to help others.

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  • Max and Bird

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Max and Bird

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Ed Vere's delightful stories are always full of pitch-perfect language that is always silly in just the right places. There is als…

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  • Library Lion

    Author: Michelle Knudsen Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Library Lion

    Author: Michelle Knudsen Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

    One day, a lion turns up at the library and no-one knows quite what to do - not even Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, who ha…

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  • The Detective Dog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Detective Dog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Detective Dog Nell is famed for her sleuthing skills in this witty detail-packed book, full of exuberant rhyming couplets - perfec…

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  • Wolves

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Wolves

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    This is a humorous, highly imaginative and original picture book and even comes with an alternative vegetarian ending! 

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  • How to Live Forever

    Author: Colin Thompson

    Interest level: 6-10

    Reading age: 6+

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  • How to Live Forever

    Author: Colin Thompson

    Interest level: 6-10

    Reading age: 6+

    At night, the book shelves come to life and the library is transformed into a bustling miniature city. But Peter discovers there i…

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