“Little Libraries, Big Heroes” 
 By Miranda Paul, Illustrated By John Parra

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.

About The Author

Miranda Paul is the award-winning children’s author of One Plastic Bag, Water is Water, 10 Little Ninjas, and Whose Hands Are These?. Her books have been named to several Best of lists and have been translated into multiple languages. Miranda is a lively presenter at schools and libraries. One of her bravest moments involved reciting poetry inside a crocodile pit. Miranda’s 2019 titles include I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon; Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born; Little Libraries, Big Heroes; and Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Her website is www.mirandapaul.com



Read Aloud Tips:

  • Bring up the concept of Little Free Libraries. Ask students if they have seen them in their neighbor and either gotten books from them or donated books to them. Have students take photos of the little libraries in their communities.
  • Use language walls to define new words.
  • As a class, build a Little Free Library somewhere in or near their school and have all students donate used books to the library.

“A] celebration and history of the Little Free Library movement….A book to share about book-sharing at its best.” – Kirkus Reviews


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