This Is a Story

Candlewick. Mar. 2023. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536204520.
K-Gr 2–An homage to book and library lovers everywhere, Schu and Castillo’s book takes readers on a journey that shows how words can lead to human connections. The main character is a young girl whose love for seahorses leads her to the local library. There she meets the librarian, who looks a lot like Schu, and other children who love books. The sentences are simple, often with just one word per page. The main character is depicted as white, but a diverse group of children and adults are included in all other aspects of the story. Castillo uses ink, watercolor, and pastel to create a beautiful and vibrant library setting that invites everyone into the spreads. Those in the know will have fun spying illustrated covers of actual picture books.
VERDICT A valentine to reading, books, the love of books, and the rooms that house them, this charmer will find a home in every heart.

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