Library Lion Library Lionauthor: Michelle Knudsen
illustrator: Kevin Hawkes

awards and nominations
1. TIME Magazine 100 Best Children''''s Books of All Time Selection
2. Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Nominee
3. Montana Treasure State Award (winner)
4. The Sakura Medal
5. Norfolk Libraries'''' Children''''s Book Award
6. Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award nominee
7. Show Me Readers Awards
8. SCASL Picture Book Award (nominee)
9. ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Selection
10. Golden Sower Award (Nebraska)
11. NAIBA Book of the Year, Picture Book Category
12. A New York Times Bestseller
13. Bluegrass Award Nominee (Kentucky)
14. Time of Wonder Award
15. Beehive Award Nominee
16. Volunteer State Book Award Master List (Tennessee)
17. Irma S. and James H. Black Honor--Bank Street College of Education
18. Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book
19. Child Magazine''''s Best Children''''s Book Award
20. Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year
21. School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
22. Amazon.com Top 10 Editors'''' Picks
23. Junior Library Guild Selection
reviews
Booklist
09/15/2006
Booklist
Appealing. . . . Children will easily see themselves in the wild lion, who yearns to explore and enjoy the library but worries about the constraining rules.
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Child
09/15/2006
Child
Sweetly celebrating all things bookish and guaranteed to tickle young readers’ funny bones.
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Sacramento Bee
01/09/2007
Sacramento Bee
With masterful subtleness, [Hawkes] evokes emotions and movement around this magnificent furry lion.
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Kirkus Reviews
09/15/2006
Kirkus Reviews
Knudsen and Hawkes pick a perfect setting to express the idea that breaking rules can sometimes be a good thing.
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San Francisco Chronicle
12/04/2006
San Francisco Chronicle
There are lessons here about making assumptions, breaking rules and taking care of friends.
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Library Media Connection
01/31/2007
Library Media Connection
The real-life lion in the library will appeal to young readers.
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
10/10/2007
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The sweet storytelling, gentle humor, and softly colored illustrations make this a great bedtime story for younger kids.
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Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
Publishers Weekly
Knudsen's gentle tale of a revered yet welcoming community destination will ring true for many readers. Hawkes's (Weslandia) evocative, soft-hued acrylic-and-pencil illustrations have a timeless feel, depicting a cozy book-filled haven that any story fan would love to visit, rules and all.
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Times-Picayune
01/09/2007
Times-Picayune
Written and illustrated in the orderly style of mid-20th century classics such as Andy and the Lion, the story’s special charm is in the characters.
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Chicago Tribune
11/22/2006
Chicago Tribune
Kevin Hawkes’ illustrations are a brilliant fit, rendering the lion’s softness and a modern library seen from a child’s eye level.
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Detroit Free Press
09/28/2006
Detroit Free Press
A very gentle book with a good word to say about breaking the rules.
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Bookpage
10/18/2006
Bookpage
Graceful details add to the retro feel of this utterly delightful book. Curl up at your favorite library with this winner of a tale!
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School Library Journal (starred review)
07/23/2007
School Library Journal (starred review)
This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime and a first purchase for every collection.
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New York Times Book Review
01/17/2007
New York Times Book Review
Proves that every now and then you have to break the rules.
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Louisville Courier-Journal
12/19/2006
Louisville Courier-Journal
An old-fashioned, heart-warming storybook.
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Kansas City Star
10/26/2006
Kansas City Star
The happy ending will leave a smile on children’s faces whether they read it themselves or hear it as a read-aloud.
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The Bloomsbury Review
12/15/2006
The Bloomsbury Review
A beautiful book that is sure to be shared and wept over again and again.
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Houston Family Magazine
12/15/2006
Houston Family Magazine
This beautifully illustrated story will be a joy to read over and over again with your little cubs at bedtime.
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Star-Ledger
12/15/2006
Star-Ledger
The delights of a small-town library come to life in this charming tale.
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Nancy Pearl Book Reviews, KUOW Radio “The Beat"
07/11/2007
Nancy Pearl Book Reviews, KUOW Radio “The Beat"
A picture book treat for any library lover.
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Daily Herald, featured in "Good Reads for Kids"
02/12/2008
Daily Herald, featured in "Good Reads for Kids"
If you can buy only one book this is the one.
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About Family Magazine
04/23/2008
About Family Magazine
This is a book parent and child will enjoy again and again.
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