I love picture books. Beyond their ability to teach broad concepts in a short amount of pages, provide a central role for art in young people’s lives, and create a basic shared foundation for literacy—they’re also a heck of a lot of fun. Whenever I’m at my busiest and just need to relax for ten or fifteen minutes, there are few things better than digging into a stack of picture books.
Gorgeous pictures, great text, and a story that’s over in minutes? Can’t be beat.
So for this First Line Friday, I’m sharing the beginning from a recent favorite of mine. Author Kazuno Kohara has been publishing books for over a decade, but I only came across her gorgeous linocut works last month. Another perk of picture books? It didn’t take me long to get through her backlog.
Once there was a library which opened only at night.
A little librarian worked there with her three owl assistants.
Every night, animals came to the library from all over the town.
And the little librarian and her three owl assistants helped each and every one find a perfect book.
The library was always busy, but it was also a peaceful and quiet place. Until one night when…
The Midnight Library
Author: Kazuno Kohara
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Classification: Picture Book
Note: First Line Fridays is a feature hosted by Hoarding Books. Be sure to check out their weekly post to find other participants and some great first lines.