The New LiBEARian (Hardcover)

By Alison Donald, Alex Willmore (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780544973657, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 9, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (10/1/2018)

List Price: 16.99*
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A visit to the library can be full of surprises. When the librarian is late for story time, the children go off to look for her and follow mysterious paw prints to find a bear sitting at her desk. Is the bear a new librarian? Not exactly. The new LiBEARian opens a book about bears and utters a loud growl. The kids love it! Then the real librarian appears and sends the bear back into the book he came from. A fun twist at the end rounds out this winsomely illustrated tale of a universal childhood experience—story time at the library—infused with magic.

About the Author

Alison Donald works as a pediatric occupational therapist; The New LiBEARian is her first book. She lives with her family in Surrey, England.

Alex Willmore received his degree in Illustration for Children's Publishing from North Wales School of Art and Design and has previously illustrated educational and puzzle books, greeting cards, and stationery. The New LiBEARian is his first picture book. He lives with his family in Northampton, England.

Praise For The New LiBEARian

"Appropriately, this would make a fine read-aloud."   — Booklist

"In bright, busy digital collages, newcomer Willmore depicts the library as a place where anything can happen, bolstering the story’s unspoken message about the magic that awaits in books."--Publishers Weekly

"This fun read-aloud celebrates the camaraderie and wonder of sharing stories in a group setting and the power of imagination."--School Library Journal

"The whimsical color artwork adds the perfect touch to this super-silly story, ideal for reading aloud. Highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review