You know lots of librarians turn to writing, right? That Jorge Luis Borges was a librarian is pretty well-known but this list of the Top 10 Books Written By Librarians from online bookseller AbeBooks might surprise you. I didn’t know Madeleine L’Engle was a librarian. But another of my very favorite children’s book authors, Beverly Cleary, was a librarian for many years. Do you have other fave librarian-authors?
Bonus: at the bottom of the list is a link to songs about libraries and librarians. They left out my favorite library song though.
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My favorite librarian-turned-author is Cynthia Rylant!
I’ve only read the Henry and Mudge books by her. I love them!
Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California, was a librarian in Oakland during the late 1800s. We have her biography at Gleeson — PS1397.C5 Z9 — and her poetry — PS1397.C5 W77. I really enjoyed reading about Coolbrith’s life a couple of months ago. Nella Larsen, author of Quicksand and Passing, was a library assistant for a few years in Harlem. The poet Marianne Moore was also a library assistant in New York.
I have read some of Coolbrith’s poetry, full of California nature imagery. Thanks for the tip! I will have to check out her biography.