Little Libraries, Big Heroes

Miranda Paul (Author) John Parra (Illustrator)


From an award-winning author and illustrator, the inspiring story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books, from founder Todd Bol's first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world.

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.

This creative movement inspires a love of reading, strengthens communities, and provides meeting places where new friendships, ideas--and heroes --spring to life.

Includes an author's note and bibliography.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Clarion Books
Publish Date
September 03, 2019
9.1 X 0.4 X 10.6 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Miranda Paul is an award-winning author and a founding member of the organization We Need Diverse Books. She lives in Green Bay, WI. Twitter: @Miranda_Paul

John Parra is the Pura Belpré Honor-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. He lives in Queens, NY. Twitter: @johnparraart


"Little Libraries, Big Heroes captures the magic of the Little Free Library movement and the power of a single person to make a difference. When kids read this book, we think they'll want to be big heroes, too! Highly recommended!" --Margret Aldrich, program manager at the national Little Free Library nonprofit organization and author of The Little Free Library Book
"This book proves ordinary people can do extraordinary, life-changing things. Readers will be inspired to make their own difference in the world." --Pat Zietlow Miller, NYT bestselling author of Be Kind "[A] celebration and history of the Little Free Library movement....A book to share about book-sharing at its best."--Kirkus

The way the text traces Bol's big idea back to its emotional source offers a path to heroes literary and ordinary both." --Publishers Weekly

"Kids curious about the little neighborhood libraries that look a bit like oversized mailboxes or book-holding birdhouses will be interested to find out how they came to be and how a simple idea can gain traction."--Booklist

"[T]he story will appeal to and inspire all ages to join the movement. An important book recognizing a true -everyday hero."--School Library Journal