Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul and John Parra

This is an image of the book, Little Libraries, Big Heroes, surrounded by building materials. The purpose of this image is to promote the book.
#BookBento of Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Maureen Schlosser

Summary

If you ever wondered who started the Little Free Library phenomenon, read Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul and John Parra. This fascinating story informs readers about Todd Bol; a regular guy with a great idea. Bol created the first little library to honor his mother who died. She had a great love for reading, and he wanted to recognize that by giving away free books placed in a replica of a schoolhouse.

Bol’s neighbors loved reading and trading the books found in the repository. He knew his idea had potential to become something really big. And it did! Little Free Libraries are making an impact around the world.

Author Miranda Paul delivers an inspirational story that readers will want to revisit. Her message of how one person can make a big difference will resonate with learners. The colorful illustrations by John Parra add more details to the story. Readers will enjoy looking at the painted versions of Little Free Libraries located around the world.

This is a double-page spread found in the book Little Libraries, Big Heroes. It shows Todd Bol sharing his idea of Little Libraries with Rick Brooks.
Double-page spread in Little Libraries, Big Heroes

Response to Literature

AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Collaborate/Create III.B.2 Learners participate in personal, social, and intellectual networks by establishing connections with other learners to build on their own prior knowledge and create new knowledge.

The double-page spread with Todd Bol brainstorming with Rick Brooks resonates with me. It reminds me of how I work with Becky Granatini, the coauthor of this blog. She takes ideas with potential and makes them really big!

  • Share this illustration with learners. Consider how collaboration inspires great work.
  • Invite learners to explore the Little Free Libraries site with a collaborative partner. Direct them to the Little Free Library World Map. Each location describes the purpose of the library.
  • Encourage learners to explore ideas to give back to their communities. They could design their own Little Free Library. Consider other ways to make a difference.

Resources

If you like these lesson ideas, please take a look at our book, Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. This resource includes ready-to-go lesson plans that meet the standards. Worksheets, assessments and rubrics are included.

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