The Night Library

About This Book

A mighty lion takes a reluctant reader on an enchanted journey across the city skyline to a magnificent public library. There, books magically tumble from the shelves and create mesmerizing scenes from stories such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Polar Express. Seeing this fantastic display reminds him that he once loved reading. And when the magic reveals the boy's late grandfather patiently reading to him, he begins to understand what books have done for him and the people he loves.

What People are Saying

A magic ride . . . . Colón’s gorgeous art paired with Zeltser’s text creates a dreamy, magical world sure to inspire people of all ages to pick up a book and ­experience the magic that unfolds.
School Library Journal
Children’s books about the importance of reading are a dime a dozen, but The Night Library resonates on another level . . . . Sometimes richly colored stories can provide healing as well as adventure.
Julie Danielson in BookPage

Creator of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

The author opts here for a pensive tone, well suited to this dream fantasy. Colón's art complements the wistful text as the characters roam into the library's grand hall and children's room. This should please bibliophiles of all ages.
Zeltser’s tale, and Colón’s renderings of the library’s magnificent rooms, may well prompt a visit.
Publishers Weekly
Whimsical and captivating
Kirkus Reviews
Zeltser’s poetic writing coupled with Colon’s gorgeous artwork makes The Night Library a must read. I can’t wait to share this story about the power of books with my students.
Laura Mossa

Elementary Reading Specialist (Beagles and Books blog)

This one is outstanding! My favorite yet of books illustrated by Colón. A wonderful book whether one is looking for a story with the New York Public Library, or for a tale exploring the power of reading, or the loving bonds between family.
Abigail, Goodreads Librarian

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My 1st graders were mesmerized! So was I!
Jonnie Cardinale

Teacher, Gateway School

This is a wonderful story to share at bedtime . . . . A beautiful fantasy [for] all ages, this is a must-read. (5 starred review)
Catherine Coyne, Librarian

Youth Services Book Review 

The Night Library is sure to be a hit with readers
Seattle Book Review

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