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Red Light, Green Light, Mamma and Me (1995) Carri Best; illustrated by Niki Daly
This charming story of a young girl
accompanying her mother to work at a large
public library is an excellent introduction
to the idea of librarianship as a career.
Miss Rumphius (1982) Barbara Cooney
Miss Rumphius is an attractive spinster librarian who helps people find the books they want, and travels to exotic places, but finds fame by planting lupines everywhere to make the world more beautiful.
The Library Dragon (1994) Carmen Agra Deedy; illustrated by Michael P. White
Miss Lotta Scales is a real library dragon complete with blue plastic glasses covered with rhinestones - who terrifies staff, faculty, and students as she keeps the books in her school library on the shelves and in pristine condition. A near-sighted student finally turns Miss Scales into a welcoming librarian.
Clara and the Bookwagon (1988) Nancy Smiler Levinson; illustrated by Carolyn Croll
This short book is a fictional account of
Mary Titcomb’s establishment of America’s
first travelling bookwagon in Maryland in 1905.
Tomás and the Library Lady (1998) Pat Mora; illustrated by Raul Colón
Mora tells the simple story of how a welcoming librarian in Iowa introduced Tomás Rivera, a migrant Mexican worker’s son who went on to become chancellor of the University of California at Riverside, to books, libraries, and reading.
The Library (1995) Sarah Stewart; illustrated by David Small
Elizabeth Brown is such a voracious reader, and accumulator of books, that eventually she has to open her own public library. This positive portrayal of another spinster librarian also reflects the important role that women played in creating many public libraries.
How to Live Forever (1995) Colin Thompson
Peter and Brian, his cat, search an enormous library at night for the book called How to Live Forever. They discover, as they wander past thousands of books is that, like Midas, you don’t necessarily really want what you ask for.
Library Lil (1997) Suzanne Williams; illustrated by Steven Kellogg
An avid reader from the day she was born, Lil grows up to be a librarian who converts the whole town to library users. Then she puts down Bust ‘em Up Bill, and his motorcycle gang, and enlists them as library helpers. She is a powerful librarian!
The Library Mice (1962) Ann Sanders; illustrated by Eugene Fern
This is a retelling of the classic fable of belling the cat to create a library in which mice can be free. Cats, and those who love books, may object to that premise but the mice are cute.

Sorry Miss Folio! (1992) Jo Furtado; illustrated by Frédéric Joos
A young boy with an overdue library book offers Miss Folio a monthly series of excuses for a whole year before finally wrapping the book up for Santa Claus to take to her as a Christmas present.