The Horseback Librarians

Illustrated by Alexandra Badiu
Albert Whitman & Company (June 22, 2023)

ISBN 10: 0807562912
ISBN 13: 978-0807562918

I first read about the horseback librarians in a newspaper article, and carried the idea for a long while in my heart. Then a picture book came out about them for children and I set the idea aside. It took me another ten or more years before I tried my own version, following a single (made up)  librarian and giving a paragraph footnote at the books’ end about the real Appalachian horseback librarians

What reviewers have said:

  • “Yolen presents a slice of American library history with this day-in-the-life tale…” —Publisher’s Weekly
  • “Educators will love reading it aloud to groups, and young readers will be fascinated to learn more.”―Kirkus Reviews
  • “The topic and approach will engage and likely pique interests on many fronts while highlighting the joys and meaningfulness of connecting books with readers and listeners of all ages.”―Booklist