Guys, it’s National Library Week! Both these books are inspired by real people who carried books to children; both celebrate the power of books; both honor librarians who bring stories to kids, wherever they may be.
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston, illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrations by John Parra
Miss Dorothy wanted to be a librarian. But in the mountains of North Carolina, there wasn’t a library. Until the town thought of a Bookmobile!
Ana in Columbia had just one book she’d read so often she knew it by heart. Then, the Biblioburro (inspired by Luis Soriano) arrived in her village. He carried many more than just one book packed on his two burros. (Aptly named Alfa and Beto!)
Here are some other picture books on library (of the stand still kind) love:
And now, I give you BOOKMOBILES and other vehicles for transporting books.
The biblioburro, Luis Soriano himself. (image: Carlos Réndon Zipagauta.)
1950s Brooklyn traveling library and this article about bookmobiles at Book Riot.
Mobile Library in my hometown of Hong Kong.
Street Books in Portland caters to people who live on the street.
Libibliomotocarro in Italy.
To libraries, moving or otherwise!