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Book Trailer Reveal: Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul and John Parra

If a pile of money was suddenly plopped into your lap, what would you buy? Let’s say you had to spend the money on something superfluous. Something that wasn’t a necessity. What would you buy?

Me? I’d buy a Little Free Library.

Now about three years ago there was a sudden influx of think pieces online about why people sometimes hate Little Free Libraries. I just now read a whole slew of them, but none of them have made so much as a dent in my enthusiasm. To my mind, if you’ve an area that can be described as a “book desert” and you understand that your job will always be to fill the box over and over and over again, then a Little Free Library could be a godsend.

Someday I will have my own. Until then, I can have the second best thing . . . . the chance to premiere the official book trailer for Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul and John Parra, released this upcoming September 3rd.

Here’s how HMH describes the book:

From an award-winning author and illustrator, the inspiring story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books, from founder Todd Bol’s first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world.

Todd and his friends love heroes. But in school, Todd doesn’t feel heroic. Reading is hard for him, and he gets scolded for asking too many questions. How will he ever become the kind of hero he admires?
Featuring stunning illustrations that celebrate the diversity of the Little Free Library movement, here is the story of how its founder, Todd Bol, became a literacy superhero. Thanks to Todd and thousands of volunteers—many of whom are kids—millions of books have been enjoyed around the world.

This creative movement inspires a love of reading, strengthens communities, and provides meeting places where new friendships, ideas—and heroes!—spring to life. —Author’s note, bibliography”

And so, let me introduce to you, a little book trailer for little libraries everywhere:

Many thanks to Miranda, John, and the folks at HMH for the trailer reveal!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I’m already crying, and I haven’t even read the book yet…..

  2. Kathe Marchi says:

    Another in a growing list of timely topics and must reads for parents, kids, and grandparents too! Miranda Paul, you are a superhero!

  3. I love my free little library. I am always amazed and humbled when people stop and give or take. I feel I am doing just a little part in making to world a better place. Hey Betsy. I’ll help you build one!! Great fun for kids to decorate

  4. Nice trailer! I was just in Beirut, Lebanon and found a little library tucked into a courtyard. They are everywhere!

  5. My son-in-law made me a little free library which sits under our big tree out front. I watch kids almost everyday come for books. It keeps me writing. I’ll be at the Teddy Bear Park to help celebrate…only an hour from my little free library!

  6. I wish I could put one in front of my apartment house, but, alas, I don’t think the owner would let me. This video made me cry.