The Grace Rea Garrett Children's Library and Mr. & Mrs. G. Lloyd Bunting Sr. Family Resource Center are located on Level 3 of The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Childrens Center building at Johns Hopkins Hospital. These libraries are located in the same suite and provide recreational reading for children and a place for children and their families to learn more about illness in a relaxed environment. The Children's Library, for recreational reading, has more than 1,000 books for children and adolescents.
Featured This Month!
Pete the Cat
No matter that his shoes get red from a pile of strawberries, blue from a field of blueberries, brown from unexpected mud, or wet from a bucket of water. Pete doesn’t cry. It’s all good. “The moral of Pete’s story is: no matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song…”
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. Art by James Dean.
A Bus Called Heaven
One morning in front of Stella’s house, an abandoned bus appears, looking sad as a whale on a beach. On its front, held up with packing tape, is a hand-painted sign that says Heaven. Right away, the bus brings change to Stella’s street when people stop to talk about it instead of rushing by. And as Stella looks past all the empty bottles and cans inside, as she sees the sparrows nesting in the engine, she changes, too. "This bus could be ours," she declares. With a master’s eye for finding the magic in the mundane, Bob Graham creates an encouraging story about community — a whimsical tale about neighbors of all ages and stripes coming together, and about one little girl who comes into her own. (Pay attention to the small details. It is a lovely celebration of diversity.)
A Bus called Heaven by Bob Graham.
The Children's and Family Resource Library collection contains over 3,000 books, pamphlets, videotapes, and directories on the following topics:
- Illnesses, diseases, and disabilities
- Coping with prolonged illness
- Medications, tests and procedures
- Growth and development
- Death and dying
- Special education needs
View our bibliographies on the following topics (Adobe Acrobat PDF):
The Children's and Family Resource Library has a computer with Internet and email access that can be used by patients and their families.
Circulating books are for use in the hospital. A book drop is located adjacent to the library. A photocopy machine is available for copying reference materials. The Children's and Family Resource Library librarian is available during posted hours to assist families in locating print and online information. Please note, however, that she cannot provide advice, opinions, interpretations or counseling. Published medical information often requires interpretation by medical professionals and can become outdated very quickly; so it is important to ask your health care providers any questions you have.
Questions? Ask the librarian