LITTLE LIBRARIES, BIG HEROES
By Miranda Paul • Illustrated by John Parra
Picture Book (ages 4-7) • 40 pages
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2019
Little Libraries, Big Heroes is the extraordinary story of an ordinary man who started a movement in his own front yard that eventually spread throughout the world.
Author Miranda Paul and illustrator John Parra have concocted a colorful, inspiring biography of Todd Bol, the creator of the Little Free Library movement. More than anything, Todd’s story is a celebration of books, reading, community, and the power of one person to create change.
Starting small (with the first little library built by Todd), and growing slowly, the movement spread from Todd’s home state of Minnesota, across the Midwest, then to other nations outside the U.S., until finally, Little Free Libraries can be found in countries across the globe.
The stories behind the several of these libraries will delight and inspire kids to learn that, even through small acts, they can become everyday heroes in their own lives.
John Parra’s exuberant art brings to life the joy and diversity behind the Little Free Libraries—and the not-so-ordinary people who are spreading book love all over the world.
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Reviewed by: Joan Charles