Gloria Houston

award winning author, lecturer and writing coach

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile


When Dorothy was a young girl, she loved books, and she loved people, so she decided that she would become a librarian.

Dorothy's dearest wish is to be a librarian in a fine brick library just like the one she visited when she was small. But her new home in North Carolina has valleys and streams but no libraries, so Miss Dorothy and her neighbors decide to start a bookmobile. Instead of people coming to a fine brick library, Miss Dorothy can now bring the books to them—at school, on the farm, even once in the middle of a river!

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile is an inspiring story about the love of books, the power of perseverance, and how a librarian can change people's lives.

From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Based on the librarian from the author's childhood, the story follows one woman's dedication to bringing reading material to people in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Starting with hauling books up from her basement to later driving around in the town's green bookmobile, Miss Dorothy eventually inspires the town to purchase a building for a library of their very own. Beautiful, soft landscapes of the rugged terrain throughout the seasons serve as a backdrop for this charming story of a librarian on the go . . . the overall effect is that of nostalgia and a sweet homage to a special woman. Most adult readers have a memory of a Miss Dorothy in their lives, be it a teacher, neighbor, or librarian, and most children will enjoy this look back in time. A lovely addition to any collection.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA
(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist
As a youngster, Dorothy Thomas knew she would become a librarian and planned to be in charge of a “fine brick library” like the one in her small Massachusetts town. However, after getting her library degree, she married and moved to rural North Carolina, where she operated a bookmobile for many years, until a library was established. As the years passed, her library-on-wheels blossomed, and Dorothy profoundly affected many lives through her love of books. Finely drawn, colorful illustrations feature a good number of landscapes, giving a strong sense of the Blue Ridge mountain setting while closely matching the story line of the brief text as Dorothy and her green van visit patrons in small towns, farms, schools, and even snowbound homes. The final page features an author’s note that establishes that Dorothy Thomas was a real person and reaffirms her influence in her rural community. The Library, by Sarah Stewart (1995), and Heather Henson’s That Book Woman (2008) are good read-alikes. Grades K-3. --Randall Enos


Selected Works

a heartwarming story about a favorite librarian
A loving tribute to a very special teacher
a young adult novel about a mountain girl's courage during the civil war
Young adult novel about a young girl and the underground railroad
A heart warming Appalachian Christmas story
a young adult novel about a young man growing up with a stern father in a small rural community
A Christmas story featuring the popular Littlejim character
a young adult novel featuring a teenage Littlejim and his family's dramatic changes
Dr. Houston's first book about a young girl living through her brother's death

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