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No Cats in the Library

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A stray cat follows her love of books all the way to a new library home in this charming debut picture book that’s “catnip for librarians and young book lovers alike” (School Library Journal, starred review).

Clarisse is a clever cat who loves books. She may not understand the dark, squiggly lines, but she can’t get enough of the pictures. One day, she stumbles upon a magical building where people walk in empty-handed and come out with an armload of books. She has to find a way inside!

There’s just one problem: NO CATS are allowed in the library! That’s not going to stop clever Clarisse, though. Once she sneaks in, she stumbles upon exciting new stories and even helps a little girl practice reading aloud. But when the librarian comes looking, will Clarisse be allowed to stay?
Lauren Emmons is an award-winning illustrator who currently lives in North Dakota with their partner, dog, and two rambunctious cats. She earned a master’s degree in children’s book illustration at The Cambridge School of Art and now spends their days illustrating for children’s books, magazines, and galleries. No Cats in the Library is their debut author-illustrated picture book. Lauren has loved libraries since she was a child, and still regularly walks out with their arms full of books.