Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
When Lydia was five years old, she and her family had to leave their home. They hopped from Grandma’s house to Aunt Linda’s house to Cousin Alice’s house, but no place was permanent. Then one day, everything changed. Lydia’s mom took her to a new place — not a house, but a big building with stone columns, and tall, tall steps. The library.
In the library, Lydia found her special spot across from the sunny window, at a round desk. For behind that desk was her new friend, the librarian. Together, Lydia and the librarian discovered a world beyond their walls, one that sparkled with spectacular joy.
Paired with warm art by newcomer Romina Galotta and a foreword by Ira Glass, Dear Librarian is a “thank you” to anyone who has offered a child love and support during a difficult time.
About: Dear Librarian is a picture book memoir written by Lydia M. Sigwarth and illustrated by Romina Galotta. It was recently published on 6/1/2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, nonfiction, and memoir. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 4 to 8. According to the publisher’s website, “Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, established in 1953, is an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. We are committed to publishing books of the highest literary quality for children and teenagers. FSG BYR is known for its award-winning list of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Dear Librarian on 6/24/2021 for my daughter and we read it again on 6/26/2021 with my son. Loved this book! Very pretty illustrations. My nearly 2 year-old daughter loved the pink bathtub. There were many opportunities to teach my daughter new things when I read this book to her: maple leaves, red polka dot tea cups, books, swing, roller skates, and more. I liked how the library can be a safe haven for everyone to go to. I didn’t have the same experience at my first library visit, only because I was still learning English, but I do remember librarian were always friendly and helpful. I loved that the librarian in this book took the time to sit down to read to Lydia. I do love big libraries too. The last time I visited a big library was during a travel to Memphis, TN. My then 4 year-old son loved it. Another big library I would like to revisit is in Milwaukee, WI downtown. I used to go there all the time.
This book acted as a letter to a favorite librarian. It’s a story about the author, Lydia, when she was 5 years old. Her family composed of 5 big sisters and one baby brother along with her mom and dad. They had to move from Colorado to Iowa because her dad needed a new job and the family needed a new home. But after the move, they had to stay with different relatives until they got settled down. One day, her mom took the family to a library. At the library, Lydia met a librarian who read to her and introduced her to new books. From then on, the library became a safe haven for Lydia and she grew up to be a librarian too.
Dear Librarian was well written and a special book for everyone. A great book to remind readers that a library is always there to provide books to read, toys to play, movies to watch including a librarian to help expand your knowledge. This is the second book that mentioned about homeless and how the library is a reliable place. The other book was The Good Sister where Wally rely on the library to shower. I enjoyed reading the author’s note at the end of the book. Made me regret for not having a librarian buddy of my own. I loved that illustrations with the librarian reading a book to a roomful of kids. It reminded me that I should take my daughter to a toddler story time next month. Fantastic book and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: library, librarian, family, books, safe haven, illustrations
About the Author:
Lydia M. Sigwarth is an author and children’s librarian in Wisconsin. Being a librarian has been her dream job since she was a small child – well, either that or a time-traveling girl detective/ballerina (sadly the latter didn’t end up being a viable option due to technological limitations.) Lydia Margaret currently lives in Platteville, Wisconsin with her family. In her spare time she reads, plays ukulele, and watches posh British shows with pretty costumes. Her absolute favorite thing to do is talk books with budding bookworms. Dear Librarian is her debut picture book. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website, book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.