Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Category: Themes: Animals
A Children’s Choice Book of the Year Award Winner!  
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  • ISBN: 9781561459100
  • Publication date: 10/01/2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-1/2" x 11"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • ISBN: 9781682630594
  • Publication date: 03/01/2020
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-1/2" x 11"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • ISBN: 9781682631409
  • Publication date: 04/01/2019
  • Page Count: N/A
  • Age Range: 4-8
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A Children’s Choice Book of the Year Award Winner!
Parents’ Choice Recommended Award

“So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Calling all dog and book lovers! A delightfully warm, encouraging story of a young girl and the special library dog who helps instill patience, acceptance, and confidence as she learns to read. From award-winning author-illustrator Lisa Papp.

Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. Except stars are for good readers, for understanding words, and for saying them out loud—things that Madeline Finn doesn’t believe she can do.

Fortunately, Madeline Finn finds a little help when she meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad, and when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow—and, most importantly, to keep trying.

With endearing illustrations, award-winner Lisa Papp brings an inspiring and comforting book to all new readers who just need a little confidence to overcome their fears.



Lisa Papp


Lisa Papp grew up telling stories. With a notebook full of sketches, her early tales featured her cat, stuffed animals, and other nature-y things. Today, Lisa is still making up stories and painting pictures, only now, they fill the pages of children’s books. She has received awards for both her writing and illustration, including a 2011 NAPPA Honor Award, 2012 Storytelling Award, and the 2013 PA Keystone to Reading Award. When not in her studio, she can be found in her garden chatting with birds, marveling at bees, and dreaming of her next literary adventure.



“So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a warm, encouraging story that suggests that perfection isn’t necessary in order to achieve one’s goals, and that help can be found in unexpected corners.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Papp’s pencil and watercolor illustrations are filled with delightful details….Books and dogs—what more could a little girl ask for? ―BookPage

“Softly colored scenes have an old-fashioned feel, and the especially appealing canine characters enhance the comforting tone of the narrative.” ―Booklist


Children’s Choice Book Awards Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year ―Children’s Book Council, 2017

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2016

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award ―Arkansas Department of Education.  2019

Delaware Diamonds Award (Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2018

Prairie Bud Children’s Book Award ―South Dakota Library Association, South Dakota Reading Council, South Dakota State Library, South Dakota Elementary School Principals, 2018-2019

Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Grades K-2) ―Kentucky Association of School Librarians, 2017-2018

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Primary) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2017-2018

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2017

Carolyn W. Field Award (Honor Book) ―Pennsylvania Library Association, 2017

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Awards (Nominee) ―Arkansas Department of Education, 2018-2019

Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Florida Reading Association, 2017-2018

California Young Reader Medal (Nominee, Primary) ―CRA, CLA, CATE, CSLA, 2020-2021

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2017-2018

Golden Sower Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Nebraska Library Association, 2018-2019

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2018-2019

Treasure State Award (Nominee) ―Montana State Reading Council, 2018

Volunteer State Book Awards (Nominee, Primary) ―Tennessee Library Association, Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2018-2019

Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―Washington Library Media Association, 2018

Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2018-2019


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AR Level: 2.3
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD370L
Themes: Dogs, Friendship, Libraries, Reading
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 3: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance