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Library Lion

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  4,598 ratings  ·  423 reviews
An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very we...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 25th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published July 25th 2006)
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Nov 29, 2008 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of cats, libraries, or if you want a broader understanding of rules
Recommended to Ann by: Katie!
What a sweet and touching story! The book is about a lion who decides to visit the library and stays. He helps out amongst the library staff and the children love him! And when someone falls and gets hurt, the lion must decide how to save them - even if it means breaking the rules.
The book is filled with beautiful pictures and a heartfelt writing style. The main characters are each unique and distinct. And there is a great message about rules being rules, but that even rules can be broken if the...more
Absolutely wonderful!!! I loved it!!! Great for cat-lovers and library-lovers. Please, Library Lion, come to the El Dorado Hills library! ;->
Should a children’s book aim to teach important lessons to kids or just exist to entertain? This is a false choice and Library Lion shows just how possible it is to do both. I loved this book about a lion who falls in love with story time at the library, breaks the rules – by roaring in protest when story time is over – and is allowed to stay only on the condition that he obeys all of the rules from then on. Eventually there is a choice to be made between following the rules and roaring to fetch...more
Lisa Vegan
I enjoyed the terrific illustrations by Kevin Hawkes; they really make the book special. I love libraries, lions, and encouraging kids to think for themselves, in addition to learning to follow the rules. This book has all that.
Well, it had the word 'library' in the title. So of course I had to grab it. And it turned out to be quite charming, a good fit for my taste. Only one thing: card catalogs?? In a 21st century urban library?
A lion in the library? Well...give him a chance. As long as he's not breaking any rules (like roaring in the library), he can stay. But what happens when something happens and a friend needs help? Is it okay to roar then?

Hawkes' illustrations have an old-fashioned, soft, kind of washed-out look to them, echoing the idea that the library is a place for muted voices (again--no roaring). Even very young children can read the lion's expressive face and understand how it's feeling at various points...more
Aug 25, 2014 Catherine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents of elementary-aged kids, librarians, library lovers of all ages
This is an awesome book! It's not just for librarians or library lovers. I've witnessed countless kids enjoy this book. It's cute and cuddly (just like a library lion)!
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 2 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. The illustrations made the lion very lovable, so much so that you just wanted to hug him. A great addition to any children's library.
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The library lion is a great example of a book that not only aims to entertain children through magic and whimsy but also to educate them on important life lessons. In this picture book by Michelle Knudsen, a lion walks into a library one day, not exactly a common occurrence at one’s local library. At first the library staff and visitors are worried about the ferocious king of the jungle leering behind the stacks of books, but once the head librarian Ms.Maryweather ensures the staff that the lion...more
Margaret Welwood
Library rules are meant to be followed, whether by human patrons or the King of Beasts himself. So when the story-loving, encyclopedia-dusting feline puts his huge paws on Mr. McBee’s desk and ROARS, he knows it’s game over.

Forlorn and bedraggled, rainwater pelting his great mane, Leo stands outside the glass library doors and gazes in. Barred from his beloved storytime, no longer able to provide a comfy backrest for young readers or a step stool to those needing a book on the top shelf, the hu...more
Nani Yanagi
This book is about a lion that randomly walked into the library one day. Mr. McBee (a worker) called out to Miss Merriweather (the librarian) to say that there was a lion in the library. Miss Merriweather said that as long as he is not breaking any rules, he is allowed to stay. That day the lion walked around the library sniffing at books and walking down the isles. He stayed for the three oclock reading time in the children's section. At first everyone was scared but they ended up enjoying his...more
Characters: a lion, Mr. McBee, Miss Merriweather, children
Setting: a library
Intended audience: children in primary grade levels 1-3

Ideally, all readers of Library Lion are regularly visiting a library with their class at school, and have also visited at least one public library. As such, these children will be privvy to the standard library rules: No Running. No Yelling. Most likely, these children have learned those rules because they have broken them. Author Michelle Knudsen drew on young chil...more
Synopsis: "An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the chil
Megan Laird
This beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated story is on the top of my all-time favorite's lists. An excellent read for second grade and below, the story of how the lion became the library friend and what it means to be a true friend comes alive. Knudsen does an excellent job at depicting the morals and values behind a good friendship, but does so humorously (when the lion licks envelopes, roars at the teacher when story time is over, etc.). The illustrator, Kevin Hawkes, does an even bet...more
Hugh Stuart
This story explores the terrifying prospect of a fully grown male lion gaining entry to a public library. However, this lion doesn't eat anyone or cause a major disturbance. Instead, he becomes popular with the small children and librarian and does his best to follow the library's many rules. The tale allows us to unpick the idea of rules and when and how they should (and must!) be broken. A really lovely story for KS1 and early KS2. I read it to my Maths set during storytime and they were rapt.
Apr 06, 2011 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Age 4-7 Appropriate
Library Lion is a beautifully illustrated children's book with a nice message about following the rules. I saw online that it is appropriate for ages 4-7, but I think younger kids would appreciate the story and the bright, almost watercolor-like illustrations, if the story was read to them. I liked how the lion in the story is given human traits (dusting books, licking envelopes, etc.), so there is a comical side to the story as well. I will certainly be giving copies of this book as gifts! :)
Clara Hamilton
This book is about a lion who comes to the library. Everyone is afraid of the Lion, but the librarian only asks if he is breaking any rules. Then, during Story hour, the lion wanted to listen, and stayed for all of the stories, and got angry when it was over, roaring. A little girl asked if he could come back the next day if he stopped roaring. When the librarian agreed, he came back the next day and the next early. Since he was early, the librarian puts him to work, dusting shelves, licking env...more
We want them to follow the rules AND we want them to think for themselves. This softly sweet and thoroughly entertaining book may help them understand why.

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Haley Dowty
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen is a wonderful story about a lion that helps out at a library. I love this book. It is at the top of my list for my favorite picture books. I think that this is a wonderful book to read aloud to a class. I would recommend it as a read aloud for the younger elementary grades but as a single read by a child maybe a little older because of the amount of words in the book. The words and pictures in this book play an equal role in telling the story. The illustrations...more
I read this book with my 1st graders and did a wonderful plot, setting and character activity. They loved it! The book was very warm and the character of the lion helped the children to realize how important it is to be nice and help others.
Clean prose and adorable, interesting illustrations. The ending is a bit neat but very sweet. The style made the book seem older than it is but that isn't a bad thing. I will make sure my nieces and nephew read this one.
May 04, 2009 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens, library
This is a wonderful and touching story. It involves two of our favorite things: storytime and libraries. It also centers around friendship and loyalty. It's a great story to read aloud (especially at a library storytime!)
Destiny Dawn Long
I finally got around to reading this with my daughter after she got it for her birthday back in November. I'm just sorry I waited so long to read it!

It's a wonderful story about a lion who wanders into a library and falls in love with story hour. He likes it so much that he starts to come in early to help out around the library--and quickly becomes a beloved helper to head librarian, Miss Merriweather. But Mr. McBee from circulation is just itching to find a reason to kick the lion out of the l...more
The lion helps out at the library in exchange for being allowed to listen to story time. But when he breaks a couple rules, he is afraid the librarians won't let him come back.
Kellie Eckert
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes is a children's picture book in the animal stories genre. It would be appropriate for children ages 4-7. In the book a lion visits a library. Because the lion is not breaking any rules the head librarian says he can stay (she is a real stickler for the rules). He becomes a helper/assistant to the head librarian and eventually comes to her rescue but must break the rules to do so. I love how the plot is used to show the library as a...more
Apr 29, 2008 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Michelle
The far-fetched idea of a lion visiting the library is believable in this picture book about a lion who loves libraries and books. Wonderful story!
Dec 29, 2013 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, children, uncles
Recommended to Michael by: Walter Grutchfield
Shelves: read-to-nephew
This is actually a pretty good book, but I have to get the "librarians' objections" out of the way. First of all, librarians are portrayed as rules-bound and stuffy in this book (although somewhat affectionately). The gender-bias is present, because the only identified librarian is a woman, and the one male library-worker seems weak and ineffectual. Moreover, although the book was written in 2006, it seems to be portraying a library from the Dark Ages: there is a print encyclopedia (!), a card c...more
In this delightful book a lion gets into the library, and the staff doesn’t know what to do. He gets mad when story time is over and breaks a rule by roaring loudly. It's decided if the lion behaves then he can come for story hour again. The lion visits the library all the time and is helpful in every way possible. The librarian, Mrs. Merriweather, becomes quite fond of the library lion. When a problem arises and the lion breaks one of the rules, he thinks he won’t be allowed back. This part mak...more
Sarah Adamson
This is a really fun and entertaining book as well as providing a teaching lesson.
Should a lion be allowed in the library? Well as long as he obeys the rules.
The lion comes for storytime and learns about the library rules. He then comes back for more and more. He becomes a library helper and becomes an essential part of the library until he breaks the rules again...but it is for a good reason.
I enjoyed the book but think the lesson on sometimes it's ok to break the rules has to come with a di...more
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I'm the author of 44 books for young readers for all ages. Titles include the New York Times best-selling picture book LIBRARY LION (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes), and the middle-grade fantasy novels THE DRAGON OF TRELIAN and THE PRINCESS OF TRELIAN. My newest picture book is BIG MEAN MIKE, illustrated by the wonderful Scott Magoon.

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