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Lila Lou’s Little Library

A Gift from the Heart

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What is a girl to do when her house is filled to the brim with books? Build a library from a large tree stump in her front yard, of course!

Details & Purchasing

Where to Buy

  • Release Date Fall 2021
  • 32 pages • 9x11 • Ages 4 to 10
  • Hardcover Picture Book, ebook
  • Ebook ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-7353451-1-6
  • ISBN (ebook): 978-1-7353451-0-9
  • Lexile Leveling: 550 Fountas & Pinnell Level: L

Book Reviews

Midwest Book Review

Lila Lou's Little Library: A Gift From The Heart" is the story of a little girl named Lila Lou who loves to read, morning, noon, and night. Books are everywhere in her house. Lila Lou has so many books, she makes forts out of them! But when her mom decides that Lila Lou has one too many books, will Lila Lou be forced to get rid of her cherished books?

Children ages 5-7 will enjoy finding out how Lila Lou uses her creativity and activism to save her books and inspires a community.

"Lila Lou's Little Library" by author/storyteller Nikki Bergstresser and artist/illustrator Sejung Kim is a delightfully charming picture book that showcases the key concepts of sharing, creativity, and community supported by the many advocates of positive parenting solutions. Coming with a free Reader's Guide for children that is available for free download from the publisher website and which includes lesson plans, activities, and discussion questions to allow parents, teachers, and caregivers to explore the topic further and deepen comprehension, "Lila Lou's Little Library: A Gift From The Heart" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $1.99) and highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections."

Kristine Zimmerman

Books, books, books, Lila Lou loves books. In Lila Lou’s Little Library by Nikki Bergstresser, we meet Lila Lou. Her house is filled from top to bottom with books. Her Mom thinks she has too many books so Lila Lou comes up with a plan to share her books. She gathers up her supplies and heads outside with her Mom. They work together to turn a stump into Lila Lou’s Little Library. At first, it doesn’t attract much attention, but Lila Lou gathers her friends and neighbors and explains the wonders that books hold. Soon her little library is bustling with borrowers and lenders.

Lila Lou’s Little Library is a love story about books and reading. Nikki Bergstresser has some wonderful suggestions for parents at the beginning of the story about how to engage with their child while reading. She also includes some great suggestions at the end of the story about creating your own library space at home. Sejung Kim has drawn Lila Lou full of enthusiasm, with her big round glasses and bouncy ponytail. Sharp-eyed readers will notice that some of the book titles and items around her house are in Spanish. There is a Spanish glossary at the end of the book. Lila Lou is a spunky, creative little girl who kids will relate to. Lila Lou’s Little Library is a wonderful tribute to the value of books. It also shows kids the value of sharing their abundance with others. Lila Lou’s Little Library will encourage kids to seek out the little libraries in their neighborhoods.

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