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Sam Paulsen, 5, shows off his first library card. Sam is the son of metroparent online producer Liz Paulsen.

Celebrate National Library Card Month

What better way to celebrate National Library Card Month than a trip to your local library? Stop in, get a library card if you don’t have one, stay for a program, ask librarians for great reading suggestions, and use your library card to take home some great books. September is also Shameless Promotion Month, so here is our list of books to inspire a love of the library and encourage you to visit!

Recommended by Milwaukee Public Library children’s librarians Jennifer Hron and Karli Pederson

BooksA Library Book for Bear

by Bonny Becker; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (Ages 3–7)

In this humorous tale, Mouse persuades Bear to go to the library, but Bear doesn’t like any of the books Mouse picks out. Will they ever find a book for Bear? 

Miss Brooks’ Story Nook (Where Tales are Told and Ogres are Welcome)

by Barbara Bottner; illustrated by Michael Emberley (Ages 4–8)

The tenacious librarian Miss Brooks is back! Missy loves Miss Brooks’ story time, but passing a bully’s house on the way dissuades her attendance until Miss Brooks inspires her to creatively solve her problem. 

Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card

by Herman Parish; illustrated by Lynne Avril (Ages 4–8)

When her class visits the library, Amelia Bedelia learns how the library works, gets her own card, and checks out her first book. The perfect book to check out with a new library card! 


The Lonely Book 

by Kate Bernheimer; illustrated by Chris Sheban (Ages 4–8)

A once popular book is relegated to sit unread on the library shelves until it is newly discovered by a young girl. This ode to a love of books celebrates the joys of discovering a hidden gem.

Olivia Goes to the Library

by Lauren Forte; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

(Ages 4–7)

When Olivia takes her favorite book to the library to renew it, it accidentally gets returned instead! Can she find the book before someone else checks it out?

Lottie Paris and the Best Place

by Angela Johnson; illustrated by Scott M. Fischer

(Ages 5–8)

Lottie’s favorite place is the library, of course! She loves to read books about space. When she makes a new friend at the library, they share their love of books. 

Max and Zoe at the Library

by Shelley Swanson Sateren; illustrated by Mary Sullivan (Ages 5–8)

Zoe helps Max learn proper library etiquette, including taking care of a library book. This adventure is perfect for teaching beginning readers how to be responsible for their library materials. 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

by Chris Grabenstein (Ages 9–13)

Kyle and his friends are excited about the overnight at the library, designed by well-known game maker Luigi Lemoncello. In the morning they discover they must solve clues and puzzles to get out of the library. 

The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand

by Jen Swann Downey (Ages 9–13)

Dorrie and Marcus discover the secret headquarters of time-traveling ninja librarians who fight against censorship—sometimes with swords. Adventure and action combine with history in this thrilling read.

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