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You have probably seen a little free library in your neighborhood or town, but have you ever wondered how they got started? This book tells the story of Todd Bol, the man who brought them to life. As a child, Todd loved heroes, but as someone who struggled to read, he didn’t feel very heroic. When he got older, he combined the joy he got from helping others with the memory of his mother who taught the neighborhood kids how to read to create a little library. It took a lot of work and help from others for this idea to take off, but I am so glad he didn’t give up! Not only would this be a great book to share with your class or at home with your own children, but it may just inspire a child to make a positive difference in the lives of others!
I adore this book! I am the steward of two Little Free Libraries and I was so delighted when this book was published. I am passionate about books and reading and I love sharing books and getting others excited about reading, and this book will definitely accomplish this. A great book for children and adults who are young at heart. If you love books and Little Free Libraries get this book immediately!
This book is about a man, Todd, who created boxes to put books inside so people can have them. The boxes are little libraries. His mother loved books, and she died and he was very sad. He missed his mom so he wanted to remember her with books. So Todd created the little libraries so people can have books. People can either buy a little library or they can build one and put them all over their town. This is an educational book, and this really happened. The little library was a good idea because I like that Todd is sharing books with the city. Other people liked the idea too so now there are lots of little libraries everywhere. I liked that when someone walks by a little library and sees one, they get to share books. I want to have a little library too and put it in front of my house so I can share books with other people! I recommend this book to anyone who loves books and loves to read.
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2019
This is an outstanding nonfiction biography that looks at the life and work of Todd Bol. The story begins with Todd's childhood and allows readers a glimpse into how his love of books and reading began. The text goes on to share with readers how he and Rick Brooks created a way for all people to have access to books. There are now 75,000 free little libraries around the world. I love how author Miranda Paul focuses on how ordinary people can do extraordinary things. She teaches children that a person doesn't have to be famous to impact the world. The illustrations by John Parra are nothing short of spectacular! The colors are vibrant and draw readers into the story. I love that the text changes different colors as well. It allows visual learners to focus on the story. The back of the book has more information about free little libraries as well as more information about the people and events in the book. This is a must-read that celebrates literacy as well as the beauty of giving to others. As a teacher, I cannot wait to share this book with my classroom and maybe create a Free Little Library of our own.
This inspirational story teaches readers that everyone has the potential to be a hero even kids! When Todd Bol was a child, he struggled with school and felt more like a failure than a hero. His mother’s support and love of literature, however, had a significant impact on his life and inspired him to create Little Free Libraries, so that anyone could have access to free books. While Todd Bol may look ordinary, he is a literacy superhero who has helped spread the love of reading and strengthen communities.
There are now over 75,000 Little Free Libraries all over the world and some of them are run by children! With its engaging illustrations, interesting subject matter, and message that anyone including kids can make a difference in their community, this is an excellent read aloud choice for older children.
I have long been intrigued by the idea of the Little Free Libraries (LFL). What an amazing way to get books into the hands of readers. This book highlights the life of LFL founder Todd Bol, and the incredible impact his creation has made. LFL can now be found all over the world, including areas where access to books was previously limited and refugee camps where people had no books of their own. Miranda Paul highlights the power of books and the idea that even young people can help make a difference, and John Parra's illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. This is an outstanding book and I hope it finds itself in the hands of many readers.