Nia and the New Free Library

Ian Lendler, Mark Pett


This picture book tells the story of one girl who reminds an entire town of the joy of books.

When the town’s old library is destroyed by a tornado, the people are left wondering: What should they do with the space where the library used to be?

The characters in Nia and the New Free Library all want different things: the builder wants there to be a new skyscraper, the grocer wants a new parking lot, but Nia just wants a new library . . . but how can one person build a whole library?

• Explores the power of community and what a group can accomplish
• Teaches the importance of working together toward a common goal
• Reminds readers of the important role libraries play in community, and how they work

Sometimes the biggest things can start with almost nothing at all.

Ian Lendler and Mark Pett bring humor and heart to this clever twist on the classic “Stone Soup” folktale.

• This triumphant ode to the magic of sharing stories is sure to strike a chord with bibliophiles of all genres, ages, and stripes.
• Resonates year-round as a go-to birthday or holiday gift for book-loving kids
• Perfect for children ages 5 to 8 years old
• Great gift for parents and grandparents, as well as librarians, teachers, and educators
• Add it to the shelf with books like Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, Delivering Your Mail by Ann Owen, and Seeds and Trees by Brandon Walden.

Creator Bio

Ian Lendler is the author of several books for children, including An Undone Fairy Tale, Saturday, and Little Sid. He lives near San Francisco, California.

Mark Pett is the author and illustrator of Lizard from the Park, The Boy and the Airplane, and The Girl and the Bicycle, as well as the coauthor and illustrator of The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Price £13.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 10 June 2021
Pages 40
Height 229mm
Width 279mm
Illustrations jacketed hardcover, full-colour throughout
Rights World
ISBN-13 9781452166865
Age Range 5 - 8