Little Libraries, Big Heroes

“This book proves ordinary people can do extraordinary, life-changing things. Readers will be inspired to make their own difference in the world.”
—Pat Zietlow Miller, NYT bestselling author of Be Kind

A 2020 Children’s Book Council NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A 2020 LFL Action Book Club Pick For Young Readers
A 2019  Society of Illustrators Art Show Selection
A 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2019 “Nerdie” (Nerdy Book Club) Title
Featured in The New York Times

In 2009, a man named Todd Bol constructed the first Little Free Library as a tribute to his mother. Seeing the potential of his idea to bring communities together, Todd and his friend Rick Brooks remained dedicated to the idea of front-yard sharing when they founded Little Free Library. Little Libraries, Big Heroes tells the story of the organization’s grassroots start and its organic spread across the world, reaching 88 countries with its nearly 100,000 tiny libraries. Read about the Stewards who care for these recycled book-boxes and the community impact their everyday heroism creates.


Release Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 978-0544800274
Ages: 4 and up (even adults love this story!)
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Now available wherever books are sold: IndieBound || Amazon || B&N || Boswell

“[A] celebration and history of the Little Free Library movement….A book to share about book-sharing at its best.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The way the text traces Bol’s big idea back to its emotional source offers a path to heroes literary and ordinary both.”  —Publishers Weekly

“Kids curious about the little neighborhood libraries that look a bit like oversized mailboxes or book-holding birdhouses will be interested to find out how they came to be and how a simple idea can gain traction.” —Booklist

Help spread the word about this incredible story and organization! Mark this book as “read” on your Goodreads page now. Learn more about Little Free Library at the official organization website here.

Coloring pages are now available on the Teacher Resources page! Click here.

NEW! In celebration of front-yard sharing, Todd Bol’s brother, Tony Bol, has launched Share With Others. Order your little free pantries, bee hotels, birdhouses, and more—including this Todd Bol plaque with his beloved quote, “You can be the story of change.”

A Special Note from Author Miranda Paul remembering LFL Founder, Todd Bol





Would you like a FREE sticker to place on your little lending library? Fill out the contact form with your name, mailing address, and a note about your role in sharing books. The author and her team will mail you this beautiful 3×4″ sticker with art by John Parra!

Hey, classrooms! Little Libraries, Big Heroes is one of several Miranda Paul books about community helpers and leaders. Book Miranda for a visit or request this “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader poster” by filling out the contact form.