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Miranda Paul (The Children's Book Podcast #535)

September 11, 2019



Miranda Paul (@Miranda_Paul) joins to share LITTLE LIBRARIES, BIG HEROES. With more than 75,000 registered Little Free Libraries (LFLs) in eighty-eight countries around the world, there is great chance you’ve passed an LFL in your neighborhood at some point. This simple idea designed to build and support community around reading provides no-cost access to books any time of day and they’ve been popping up in some really unexpected locations, including restaurants, grocery stores, and barbershops as well as those you’ll find nestled into neighborhoods. I was not aware of LFLs’ founders, Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, or that the idea took some time to finally take root. Reading Miranda’s story feels part love letter to the LFL founders and part reminder that we all have the capacity to be heroes in our neighborhoods. The text in this story is straightforward and empowering, and John Parra’s art brings something more in the form of seamlessly blending together the dreaming and the doing. It’s a book you will want to put in readers’ hands over and over. 


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From an award-winning author and illustrator, the inspiring story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books, from founder Todd Bol's first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world.


Todd and his friends love heroes. But in school, Todd doesn’t feel heroic. Reading is hard for him, and he gets scolded for asking too many questions. How will he ever become the kind of hero he admires?


Featuring stunning illustrations that celebrate the diversity of the Little Free Library movement, here is the story of how its founder, Todd Bol, became a literacy superhero. Thanks to Todd and thousands of volunteers—many of whom are kids—millions of books have been enjoyed around the world.


This creative movement inspires a love of reading, strengthens communities, and provides meeting places where new friendships, ideas—and heroes!—spring to life.










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