children's books, Fiction

The Power of Stories

These books celebrate the power of stories and storytelling to encourage, transform, and inspire. Curated by Bonita Bignar.

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. 

Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day. 


Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Hoopla eBook
Hoopla eAudiobook
Freading eBook
Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear. 
Can it be true? Oh, can it be? 
Yes!—Bat Night at the library! 
Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!


Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
Spanish book
Hoopla eAudiobook
Lola has a big smile on her face. Why? Because it’s Tuesday–and on Tuesdays, Lola and her mommy go to the library. Join Lola in this cozy celebration of books and the people who love them. 

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Miss Brookes Loves Books (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner
With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy’s classmates all find books they love in the library–books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all–“Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.” 
Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy will find a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will finally win over this beastly, er, discriminating child?
Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley pay playful homage to the diverse tastes of child readers and the valiant librarians who are determined to put just the right book in each child’s hands. 

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Wild about Books by Judy Sierra
Hoopla eAudiobook
It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo. 
In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal–tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. “She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.” In no time at all, Molly has them “forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,” going “wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.” Judy Sierra’s funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown’s lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys! 


Again! By Emily Gravett
Every night, baby dragon Cedric loves his mom to read his favorite dragon book. He wants to hear it over and over again until the exhausted mom falls asleep… 

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The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty
Can a story save the kingdom? 
When Leo’s mom and dad send him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword–and a pile of his favorite books. 
But can a story be as mighty as a sword? 


Duncan the Story Dragon by Amand Driscoll
Duncan the Dragon loves to read. When he reads a story, his imagination catches fire! Unfortunately…so does his book. 
Fire breath is great for roasting marshmallows, but it’s not so great for reading. Duncan just wants to get to those two wonderful words, like the last sip of a chocolate milk shake: The End. Will he ever find out how the story ends? 
This bright, warm tale champions determination, friendship, and a love for books. And milk shakes! 

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The Night Library by David Zeltser
After a young boy goes to sleep upset that he’s getting a book for his birthday, he’s visited in the night by Patience and Fortitude, the two stone lions who guard the New York Public Library. Soon, he’s magically whisked away from his cozy home in the Bronx, and the two mighty lions show him the wonder of the library. There, the inquisitive Latino boy discovers the power of books and their role not only in his own life, but also in the lives of the people he loves. 
Raul Colon’s gorgeous, rich art creates an immersive world in this book about books, which is sure to capture the imaginations of kids and adults and inspire them to grab their library cards and dive into the worlds of stories. 

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