Nia and the New Free Library

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Chronicle Books
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11.2 X 9.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Ian Lendler is the author of many picture books, the Stratford Zoo graphic novel series, and several works of nonfiction. His most recent picture book, The Fabled Life of Aesop, won the American Folklore Society Aesop Prize. If he could build his own library, it would include a room filled with puppies and free pizza. He lives in San Rafael, California.

Mark Pett is the author and illustrator of Lizard from the Park, The Boy and the Airplane, and The Girl and the Bicycle, as well as the coauthor and illustrator of The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Nia and the New Free Library

"Inspired by how his grandfather got his town to build a library, Lendler cleverly tells his own version of this story through a fresh variation on 'Stone Soup.'. . . A heartening tale of community and perseverance."-Booklist

"Ian Lendler (The Fabled Life of Aesop) deftly concocts a tale of kid-friendly activism, demonstrating how one small person might achieve outsize results by giving the whole diverse community a stake in the dream. . . . The sketchy line work and pastel washes of Mark Pett (This Is My Book!) bring to mind the picture book art of David Small. . . . This inspired reimagining of the classic 'Stone Soup' story shows how a positive project can bring people together. Nia and the New Free Library demonstrates how spreading the love of reading might well elevate an entire community. . . [A] charming, kid-friendly take on grassroots activism."-Shelf Awareness
"An entertaining narrative extolling the community-building virtues of libraries."--Publishers Weekly