Tomas and the Library Lady:


Tomas and the Library Lady

Author/Illustrator: Pat Mora; Raul Colon
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Year: 1997
Brief Summary: Based on the true story of Tomas Rivera, this book tells about a migrant family and how their boy, Tomas, discovered and fell in love with public libraries.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Social Studies: Who are migrant laborers?  Can you imagine being in a family of migrant laborers and having to move frequently?  Discuss Mexican Americans and their culture.
  • Talk about Tomas Rivera, who this book is based on, and how the love of reading and the generosity of the librarian had changed his life.  Think about someone in your life that has made a big difference.  Write about what he/she has done that helped you in some way.  Who inspires you?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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