The Loud Librarian

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Written by Jenna Beatrice
Illustrated by Erika Lynne Jones

A little librarian with a larger-than-life voice finds her place in this sweet and uproarious picture book about being true to yourself—no shushing required!

Penelope is perfect for the job of student-librarian. Friendly? Check. Helpful? Check. Book lover? Check. There’s just one snag. Penelope is…LOUD. Bookcases may topple and the ground may quake at the sound of her voice, but Penelope is determined to prove she’s perfect for the job and stay true to herself. Can a little librarian with a big voice find a place where she belongs?


Children’s Book Council’s 2024 Favorites Award – Children’s List

Mrs. Laura Bush’s 2023 Summer Reading List for Kids

2024 Redbud Read-Aloud Book Award Masterlist


The Washington Post

The Horn Book

Fox 43 News

Bergen Magazine

201 Magazine


“The bright, blocky illustrations are pitch-perfect for the tone . . . This tale of an aspiring librarian is ideal for all kinds of storytimes.”  

— Kirkus Reviews

“Finally, the secret’s out: librarians can be loud! . . . Jones’s mixed-media and collage illustrations are playful and eye-catching, with a three-dimensional feel. Penelope’s shouts explode across the page in giant speech bubbles. . . This one is sure to be a storytime favorite.”

– The Horn Book

“Character diversity is present and prominent throughout the pages . . . fun to read aloud. . . Recommended.” 

— School Library Connection

“In possession of vocal cords so loud they are registered by the International Space Station, would-be student-librarian Penelope struggles to reconcile her volume with the need for a “library voice” in Beatrice’s over-the-top story. . . Jones’s scenes lean fully into the chaos while showcasing Penelope’s cheerful resilience, and a clever conclusion emphasizes the idea that there’s a place for everyone at the library.”

– Publishers Weekly

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Written by Jenna Beatrice
Illustrated by Erika Lynne Jones