When Lydia was five years old, she and her family had to leave their home. They hopped from Grandma's house to Aunt Linda's house to Cousin Alice's house, but no place was permanent. Then one day, everything changed. Lydia's mom took her to a new place — not a house, but a big building with stone columns, and tall, tall steps. The library.
In the library, Lydia found her special spot across from the sunny window, at a round desk. For behind that desk was her new friend, the librarian. Together, Lydia and the librarian discovered a world beyond their walls, one that sparkled with spectacular joy.
Paired with warm art by newcomer Romina Galotta and a foreword by Ira Glass, Dear Librarian is a "thank you" to anyone who has offered a child love and support during a difficult time.
About the Author
Lydia M. Sigwarth is an author and children's librarian in Wisconsin. Being a librarian has been her dream job since she was a small child – well, either that or a time-traveling girl detective/ballerina (sadly the latter didn't end up being a viable option due to technological limitations.) Lydia Margaret currently lives in Platteville, Wisconsin with her family. In her spare time she reads, plays ukulele, and watches posh British shows with pretty costumes. Her absolute favorite thing to do is talk books with budding bookworms. Dear Librarian is her debut picture book.
Romina Galotta is an illustrator, ardent animal lover, passionate foodie, and world traveler. She is also the artist for The Biggest Thing of All (Trigger/Upside Down).. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
"Galotta uses an array of media, including watercolors and colored pencils, to lovingly reflect the heroine’s inner emotions and thoughts in the details and background on each page . . . This touching story celebrates the joys of friendship, finding a home, and the power of libraries. Pair with similar picture books such as Sam McBratney’s Will You Be My Friend? and James Dean’s Pete the Cat Checks Out the Library." —School Library Journal, starred review
"A gentle ode to the effect one person can have on another, and what a library can offer a community." —Publishers Weekly
"Galotta enriches the nostalgic undertones with glimpses of lush flowers, tiny robots, a dragon, and other imaginary elements . . . A cogent, warming reminder that public libraries have always been more than just repositories for books." —Kirkus Reviews
""A heartfelt tribute to the power of libraries, and the power of kindness." —Mara Wilson, actress and author