Hello Reading Force families! I’m Emma, I’m a Pad Brat and school librarian and I write a regular blog here about reading and Forces life.
I love libraries! When I was growing up I couldn’t always access a library in every country I lived in/travelled to. These days we have more access to books as e-books exist, but back then it was a different story. Every time I would return to England I would make sure I visited the local library and read as many books as I could before travelling away again. Now I am really lucky because I AM a librarian! I get to go to a room of books every day and I’m never without a book to read.
Libraries truly are magical. There is no other building in the world where you can walk in and travel nowhere and everywhere at the same time. Here’s a poem by Julia Donaldson (writer of The Gruffalo) which really shows this point:
I Opened A Book
I opened a book and in I strode
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.
I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.
I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.
I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.
This poem has really inspired this blogpost and my list of books which feature more unusual libraries:
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson (3+)
Very rarely do I come across a book that features the magic of books and the wonders of libraries as well as telling a beautiful story – but Cleminson does so in this book. I challenge anyone to read this book and not feel instantly comforted by the end.
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown (5-8)
In Colombia, some families live so rurally that there are no libraries – so the Biblioburro was born! Based on the true story of librarian Luis Soriano, Brown’s book tells the tale of young Ana who makes up stories for her brother and is so excited to see the library come to town on two burros, encouraging her to write another new story of her own.
Escape From Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (8-12)
This is a fantastic book for children who like books and video games. Kyle wins a competition to stay overnight in a library with 11 other children who have to solve puzzles to get out. Suspenseful and unique, this book is not only a wicked read, but gives me a great idea for my own school library… mwa ha ha…
Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles (9+)
Okay, not quite a library, but I just had to include this book for older readers. Sixteen year old Paige Turner (yes, you got it – Page Turner!) is on a mission to save her local bookshop. The book is very young and modern, so definitely written for today’s tweens and teens. Get this book for anyone who has said “OMG!”