So You Want to Build a Library by Lindsay Leslie ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Published: 1 Aug 2021 by Capstone Editions
Page count: 32 (print length)
My Format: eBook via NetGalley (ARC)
Cover: Adorable
Pacing: Perfect
Ending: Wonderful
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy So You Want to Build a Library

My rating: ★★★★★

There is no better place in the world than a library. Especially a library that kids create! A million stories high? Sure. Bathtubs? Absolutely. A full-service sundae bar? Of course. Everything is possible in this library–just like in books! Author Lindsay Leslie puts the reader in charge as the architect of a fantastical library in this imaginative picture book celebrating libraries and the joys of reading.

My Thoughts
I know I would enjoy working in a library. I’ve done it before actually! I used to work in the library at my university (work-study job) and I loved it! I’ve often thought of volunteering or working in a library after I retire. This book makes me want to build my own whimsical library now!! Here are my pros and cons for So You Want to Build a Library:


  1. The illustrations by Aviel Basil and vivid and exciting! You will see sloths in roller skates, princess cowpokes, astronaut soccer players, cartwheeling giraffes, and one very creative and exciting library!
  2. The child in this book wants to build a library. She knows she needs building materials, help from her friends, and lots and lots of books. I love that there are questions in the story to engage the reader, such as where should the library be built, what kind of books should be in the library, should there be a bathtub, should there be a playground, and more! I think it would be fun to read this book out loud with a young reader and have them answer the questions as the book progresses.
  3. I love that this book encourages and celebrates reading and makes libraries seem like magical places! Because they are!


I spent a lot of time in our small local library when I was growing up. I didn’t live too far from the library so I would ride my bike there sometimes, or else my mom would just drop me off there. I could spend HOURS in the library – browsing, reading, dreaming. My library card was one of my most prized possessions! So, I love that books like this exist so a whole new generation of kids can learn that libraries are actually fantastical and magical places to spend some time!

Written for reading ages 4 to 7 (grade level 1 to 2).

Thank you NetGalley and Capstone Editions for providing an ebook, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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