Library’s Most Wanted

Libby intends to round up all the offending library users for crimes of mistreating library resources, but the cost of her vigilance is high.

Library’s Most Wanted by Carolyn Leiloglou, illustrated by Sarah Pogue. Pelican, 2020, 32 pages.

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Recommended for: Ages 4-8

Libby loves helping her aunt in the library and is particularly protective of the books. Wearing authentic, authoritative cowgirl gear and a sheriff’s badge, she takes her responsibility seriously, confronting offenders who mistreat the collection. When she publicizes her accusations, the cost is higher than Libby realized. Is her primary job to take care of the books? Or help the patrons? Is there a better way to love her neighbor? There must be a way to win back her friends, who really love books as much as she does.

Blending libraries and rodeos in a story that takes both responsibility and kindness seriously, Leiloglou shows that it is possible to love books and your book-loving friends.

Overall Rating: 4 (out of 5)

  • Worldview/moral value: 4
  • Literary value: 4

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Megan is Associate Editor for Redeemed Reader who loves nothing more than helping readers (and non-readers) find books which are not only a good fit for them, but also combine Truth and Story. She has never regretted reading all those fairy tales in childhood, even though she didn’t realize at the time how much they matter to real life. She is the founder of Literaritea Press and plans to publish her first picture book soon. Megan lives with her husband and five boys in Virginia where she enjoys knitting, playing with words, and mountain views.

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