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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.
About the Author
Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including Speak Up, illustrated by Ebony Glenn, and Little Libraries, Big Heroes, illustrated by John Parra. She is a founding member of the organization We Need Diverse Books, and lives with her family in Green Bay, Wisconsin. www.mirandapaul.com Twitter: @Miranda_Paul
John Parra is the Pura Belpré Honor award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community by Susan Verde and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. He is also a designer, educator, and fine artist whose work can be seen on six new Forever Stamps titled Delicioso from the U.S. Post Office. He lives with his wife, Maria, in Queens, New York.
"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