The Girl Who Hated Books

  • Illustrated By: Leanne Franson
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:Reading, Literacy, Imagination, Diversity, Empathy
  • Pub Date:02/07/2023

"There were books in dressers and drawers and desks, in closets and cupboards and chests. There were books on the sofa and books on the stairs," and Meena hates all of them, as does her cat Max, who is shakily balanced on a giant stack. As Meena tries to rescue Max, the books come crashing down, freeing a wonderland of characters and animals who take Meena on a fanciful and funny romp through the magic of reading. The 25th anniversary edition features an interview with the author, covers from editions of the book published around the world, and letters from children, including readers who found their love of stories alongside Meena for the very first time.

"This is a playful and satisfying story that explores the pleasures of reading with humour and wit… Leanne Franson’s rollicking illustrations capture the chaos of the hodge-podge of characters as well as the magic of their quiet, intense listening as Meena reads their books."

– Quill & Quire
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week selection   | 2003  |  Winner
Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award   | 1999  |  Short-listed
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Book   | 1999  |  Commended