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Library Lion

Written by Michelle Knudsen
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
ISBN 978-0-7636-2262-6 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-5452-0282-4 (Softcover)

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do.

Awards

TIME Magazine 100 Best Children's Books of All Time Selection 
ABC Best Books for Children  
NAIBA Book of the Year, Picture Book Category 
A New York Times Bestseller 
Time of Wonder Award 
Irma S. and James H. Black Honor--Bank Street College of Education 
Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book 
Child Magazine's Best Children's Book Award 
Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year 
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 
Amazon.com Top 10 Editors' Picks 
Junior Library Guild Selection 

Reviews

“Knudsen and Hawkes pick a perfect setting to express the idea that breaking rules can some-times be a good thing.”
Kirkus

“Kevin Hawkes’ illustrations are a brilliant fit, rendering the lion’s softness and a modern library seen from a child’s eye level.”
Chicago Tribune

“This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime and a first purchase for every collection.”
School Library Journal - starred review

Insider's Scoop

One of my favorite illustrations in this book is of Mr. McBee finding the lion outside the library looking in through the doors.  The reflection in the glass lets the viewer see the lion’s expression and although it was not mentioned in the text, I decided to make it rain.  There is nothing sadder than a wet cat!!