Librarians in Children’s Picture Books

Over the past several years, I’ve been half-heartedly collecting children’s picture books that feature librarians as main characters. I like having this kind of collection at hand – the librarians in question usually suffer from some sort of stereotype, and manage to cast off the misperceptions by the end of the book. Children’s picture books, in particular, provide the visual means to the stereotype. Mostly, the librarians in the books I own are white women, middle-aged, and decidedly middle-class. They often sport buns (I can’t tell you who the last librarian was who I saw sporting a BUN), and wear (of course) sensible shoes.

Okay, so my co-worker just walked past me wearing a bun. Sue me.

Anyhow, I decided to poke around to see if anyone had compiled a bibliography (annotated would be great) of librarians in children’s picture books. And lo and behold, Matthew Z. Heintzelman and Kristi Mulhern both have! Now I have loads more books to put on my wishlist.

2 thoughts to “Librarians in Children’s Picture Books”

  1. The following book talks about the image of librarians in movies and litterature:
    Droles de bibliotheques: Le theme de la bibliotheque dans la litterature et le cinema/ Anne-Marie Chaintreau, Rene Lemaitre.- Paris: Cercle de la Librairie, 1990
    ISBN 2-7654-0436-4

    It’s in french but might have been translated…

    Since I’m a librarian myself I am very interested by your references on that subject too.

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