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Picture books that love libraries

How to Live Forever

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!).

  • Lulu Loves the Library

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
    Publisher: Alanna books
    Interest age: 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 Tuesdays Lulu and her mummy go to the library

  • Otto the Book Bear

    Author: Katie Cleminson
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    A charming celebration of books and reading

  • But Excuse Me That is My Book

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Children will join Charlie, Lola and their friends on a trip to the library to look at all the different types of books that Lola might like to read. It is a warm and funny story about family, friends and the importance of trying new things.

  • Bears Don't Read

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: Harper Collins
    Interest age: 3+
    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.

  • How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel

    Author: Wendy Meddour Illustrator:  by Rebecca Ashdown
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    This is how every fairy tale should be written, with the protagonist - regardless of gender - saving themselves from a life of solitude and boredom. A great read.

  • Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar

    Author: Emily MacKenzie
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Little book lovers will adore this silly story of naughty Ralfy. The illustrations are fun and modern, with some bunny puns to keep adults entertained too.

  • Max and Bird

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5-6

    Ed Vere's delightful stories are always full of pitch-perfect language that is always silly in just the right places. There is also a comfortable sense of warm friendship between Max and Bird, which young readers will return to again and again.

  • Luna Loves Library Day

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers
    Publisher: Anderson Press
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    From the talented poet Joseph Coelho, this charming picture book highlights the wonders of libraries for families and communities. Accompanying the poetic text is gloriously bright and delightful illustrations to bring the magic of the library to life.

  • Library Lion

    Author: Michelle Knudsen Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 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 has rules for most things. However, the lion turns out to be rather a nice lion and so he's allowed to stay, as long as he doesn't roar.

  • The Detective Dog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Detective Dog Nell is famed for her sleuthing skills in this witty detail-packed book, full of exuberant rhyming couplets - perfect for sharing and reading aloud.

  • Wolves

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 4+

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

  • How to Live Forever

    Author: Colin Thompson
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 6+
    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 is one important book missing...