Bibliophiles, today is your day! It's World Book Day, and what better way to celebrate World Book Day than with books? Today's roundup features books about books! With over 14,000 titles in our library, we always say there's something for everyone, and this mini collection really proves it. There are titles about writing books, reading books, special, old and personal books. Plus, we've included stories about places we love to go to get books, like libraries and bookstores.
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Froggy Goes to the Library by Jonathan London
Froggy loves the library! When Froggy and Mom and Pollywogilina set out for the library, Froggy brings a wheelbarrow to hold all the books he plans to borrow. There are so many to choose from: Dinosaur books! Books about Space Frog! Froggy is so excited that he forgets to use his indoor voice. Readers enjoy Froggy's antics, and so does Miss Otterbottom, the librarian. "Come again soon, Froggy," she says.
Billy Burger, Model Citizen: Recess is Ruined by John Sazaklis
It's raining and Billy can't stand the thought of another boring indoor recess. So he convinces his buddies to sneak into the library for a Super Samurai Showdown‚ some imaginary play featuring gods, samurai, and huge stacks of books. No sooner have the gates of Olympus (the stacks of books) fallen, than Billy is caught. Determined to make up for his poor choices and mistreatment of books, Billy organizes a book drive. How many books can Billy collect? Who will be the drive's worthy recipient? Can books really turn Billy to into a model citizen?!
The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander
The Library of Ever is an instant classic for middle grade listeners and booklovers everywhere-an adventure across time and space, as a young girl becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge. With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored - until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contains all the universe's wisdom. Every book ever written, and every fact ever known, can be found within its walls. And Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian. She rockets to the stars, travels to a future filled with robots, and faces down a dark nothingness that wants to destroy all knowledge. To save the library, Lenora will have to test her limits and uncover secrets hidden among its shelves.
A Pretty Face by John Escott
Zoe Baker works in a bookstore. She also likes acting, and she has a part in the play Romeo and Juliet. Mike Morrison writes about the play for the newspaper. What does he write about Zoe? Is Zoe a good actress... or is she just 'a pretty face'? What does Zoe think when she reads the newspaper? What does she do?
Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette
In this must-listen new mystery series, fraternal twins Keaton and Koby will pull double duty when they take down a killer while preparing to open their new bookstore and soul-food cafe, Books & Biscuits. When Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge were orphaned at age two, they were separated, but their unbreakable connection lingered. Years later, they reunite and decide to make up for lost time and capitalize on their shared interests by opening up a well-stocked bookstore and cozy soul-food cafe in the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Timber Lake. But this new chapter of their lives could end on a cliffhanger after Koby's foster brother is found murdered. As Keaton and Koby know, two heads are always better than one, especially when it comes to mysteries. With just a week to go before the grand opening of their new cafe, the twins will use their revitalized connection with each other to make sure this is the killer's final page.
Special Books and Reading
Dory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon
Ever since Dory met Rosabelle, a real true friend whose imagination and high spirits match her own, school has been pretty good. But now the class is learning to read, and it's proving to be a challenge for Dory. While Rosabelle can read chapter books in her head, Dory is stuck with baby books about a happy little farm. Dory wishes for a potion to turn her into a reader but things don't go as planned. Suddenly, a naughty little girl who looks an awful lot like Dory's imaginary nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, shows up. And a black sheep leaves the pages of the farm book to follow Dory to school. It really needs her help-this seems like a job for a superhero! And it would help if she knew how to read. In her third book, Dory the rascal takes reluctant reading to new heights with a story that is as one-of-a-kind and hilarious as she is.
Beauty and the Beast, The Only One Who Didn't Run Away by Wendy Maas
When you're stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you - like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you. And when you're a prince, you're supposed to be athletic and commanding and brave and tall. But what if you are none of those things? What if all you like to do is play the bagpipes (badly), study the stars, and try to figure out how to make worms live forever? Oh, and you also have a perfect older brother who is a lot more princely than you'll ever be.
Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
In 1290, her 14th year, Catherine begins a diary that quickly fills with the irrepressible joys and frustrations of her days. Always looking for ways to avoid drudging hours of embroidery, Birdy fills her time with pranks, celebrations of feast days, and local gossip. Wriggling out of her father's plans to find a prosperous husband for her proves to be Birdy's greatest challenge. As each prospective suitor appears, Birdy blacks her teeth, drools, and does her best to scare him off. These mischievous tricks work until Shaggy Beard, the richest one of all, arrives with his fat purse of silver. Karen Cushman does careful research for each of her books, so Birdy's lively journal is sprinkled with the vivid, personal details of life in medieval England. Catherine, Called Birdy is a Newbery Honor Book. It was chosen as an ALA Children's Notable Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults.
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino
Tess expects nothing more from her summer job at the boarding school library than to bore herself to death shelving books. But when the insufferable headmaster's‚ son Eliot requests a mind-boggling number of occult books, Tess's search for them opens a door to a world of dark magic and forgotten places. She and Eliot find a secret tunnel that leads them to an ancient book. Upon reading it, they discover it's filled with more than words and accidentally release a horrifying devil from his centuries-old prison. Forced to work together, Tess and Eliot have to find a way to re-trap the devil before he kills everyone they know and love, including each other.
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game. Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold's new game--before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.
John suggests writers stop thinking in terms of books, articles, poems and stories, and instead start thinking in terms of what benefits readers will receive from reading and buying them. Literary agent Georgia Hughes, formerly an editor from Harper San Francisco, has complemented that this program is, "entertaining, inspiring and extremely helpful for writers of all levels of ability."
The Art of Creative Writing by Lajos Egri
Thousands of books have been written on the subject of writing and how to do it better. Among them are a few select classics that reveal the essential elements of good storytelling. The Art of Creative Writing is such a classic. Grounded in Egri's assertion that "Every type of creative writing depends upon the credibility of a character," here is concise, clear advice on the most important element of good writing: characterization. Step by step, Egri shows writers how to probe the secrets of human motivation to create flesh-and-blood characters who create suspense and conflict, and who grow emotionally under stress and strain. As practical as it is inspiring, The Art of Creative Writing remains a timeless, illuminating guide that teaches every writer, and aspiring writer, how to create works that are both compelling and enduring.
This is just the tiniest collection of titles about books! For more of our team's top picks, check out our internal spreadsheet of contenders. To search the entire current catalog for titles using keywords like 'library,' 'books,' or 'bookstore,' use our Link Library Catalog.