Simon & Schuster
Ages 4-8, 32 pages

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Please, Louise

by Toni Morrison (Author), Slade Morrison (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator)

A library card unlocks a new life for a young girl in this picture book about the power of imagination, from Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison.

On one gray afternoon, Louise makes a trip to the library. With the help of a new library card and through the transformative power of books, what started out as a dull day turns into one of surprises, ideas, and imagination!

Inspired by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Toni Morrison’s experience working in a library as a young girl, this engaging picture book celebrates the wonders of reading, the enchanting capacity of the imagination, and, of course, the splendor of libraries.


“Strickland (White Water) paints a moving portrait of Louise in tight close-up, completely absorbed in reading.” ―Publisher’s Weekly

“Strickland’s watercolor-and-gouache paintings are delicate, detailed and beautiful. Louise is a lovely child and a poster girl for reading.” ―Kirkus