Welcome back to our weekly edition of Hidden Gems!
This week’s book is Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colón.
This is one of my favorite books, I recommend it to parents and teachers every change I get!
One small gesture can change a child forever. Tomás is a young boy who travels with his family from Texas to Iowa every year to pick fruits and vegetables as migrant workers. While his parents work, Tomás, encouraged by his grandfather, decides to visit the library in town one day. Awed by its vastness he stands outside until the librarian invites him in, welcoming him and in doing so opens a whole new world for Tomás. In the pages of the books from the library he learns of different stories, new worlds and above all develops a love of books that will live in him for the rest of his life. Through this story Pat Mora not only shows the importance of books in a child’s life but also emphasizes the important role libraries play for those who might otherwise be limited in their access to books. This book is a great gift for both your voracious reader who can’t get enough of books and for your reluctant reader who will hear the story and be enticed to learn why books are so amazing.
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Have a great week!
- Galia, School Programs Coordinator