Books about Bookmobiles


San Mateo County Library BookmobileDo you love the Bookmobile? Have happy memories of visiting one as a kid? Maybe you've always wondered what other methods bring books to people in faraway places.

Books on Wheels, Books on Four Legs

If so, then you'll be interested in this list of books about bookmobiles and other mobile libraries that you can check out from the San Mateo County Library.

There's More Than You Might Think

  • The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton. A novel based on the real camel bookmobile service in rural Kenya, in which the road to hell is traveled by a well-meaning American relief worker.
  • That Book Woman by Heather Henson. A picture book for the youngest readers with a story about an imaginary pack horse librarian and a boy who learns to read despite himself.
  • The Book Stops Here: A Mobile Library Mystery  by Ian Sansom.Israel Armstrong travels back to his native England with the bookmobile, and finds that the sceptered isle is not all he had dreamed of. But don't stop here-- keep reading. 
  • The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. A novel for young adults about a teen-age girl living with her family in a polygamous community in the desert, whose world is expanded when she begins to check out books from the bookmobile.
  • Hannah's Bookmobile Christmas by Sally Derby.  A picture book in which Mary and her young friend Hannah may have to spend the night in the bookmobile, if they can't make it home through the snow on Christmas Eve.

Author Bio:

Vaughn H. works at the Half Moon Bay Library and on the Bookmobile. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Her reading interests include anthropology, archaeology, mysteries, religion, and travel writing.


Thanks for the list!

Thanks for this cool list! One more good one is "Wild About Books" by Judy Sierra. It's a fun read aloud for kids about a bookmobile librarian's trip to the zoo.

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