Suzi loves working at the library, there is always something exciting going on. There are books to read, stories to share and so much more. You can enjoy arts and crafts, sing songs and dance, discover the wonders of nature and sometimes have a party. Everyone is welcome at the library. Which day will be your favourite…
Libraries are essential and Donna Rawlins’ latest picture book is a fabulous ode as to exactly why their doors need to remain firmly open. Libraries are community hubs and are so much more than just a place to borrow books. They are meeting places that provide the opportunity for members of the community to interact with one another, they are places for families to go and enjoy lots of the wonderful activities that are on offer (and usually free of charge), they are a place to help young minds grow and they are safe spaces where people can relax. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like if my local library closed down and Our Library is a wonderful celebration of exactly why we need our libraries and why they need to remain as fixtures of the local community.
Joining librarian Suzi and her community of passionate library-goers is so much fun; joy, happiness and smiley faces fill every page as adults and children enjoy everything the library has to offer. I think my favourite day would be dinosaur Tuesday - dressing up as a dinosaur, sharing dinosaur stories and learning the ‘Dinosaur Stomp’ - roar-some fun!
Everyone is welcome at the library and inclusivity and representation has been beautifully woven into the artwork. The library is used by a diverse community of adults and children and if you look carefully at the books on the shelves there is plenty of First Nations culture appearing in everyday life too.
A delightful book about the importance of the place that many children will borrow this very book from.
With huge thanks to Wild Dog Books for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 2+.