Books about Reading and Libraries

Last Week, Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac posted a piece on The Library written by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small. I love sharing this book with my library students at the beginning of the year because of its rhyming text and charming illustrations.

After a long summer away from school, I like to reenergize students’ attitudes about books, reading, and the library. 

Below are some other great books I use for preschool through second grade and the reasons why I like to use them.

I Took My Frog to the Library is a great book because students can identify animals and the illustrations are lots of fun.

Baby Bear’s Books promotes the love of reading and spending time with family.

Book! Book! Book! is a fun way to imitate animal sounds as each animal tries to convince the librarian they want a book to read.

In the book, We’re Going on a Book Hunt, bears are in search of a book. Students not only learn how to choose the right book for themselves and how to take care of them, but they also can be an active participant by doing the motions as the book is read to them.

Library Lion has beautiful illustrations along with a special lion that learns to follow the library rules, but shows others that sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Librarians want students to be Wild About Books. So why not add a bevy of wild animals that want to learn about reading and books?

Stella Louella’s Runaway Book is a cumulative story about a missing book that’s due at the library by five o’clock. Adding to the adventure are the clues given about the missing book. Who knows what book it is?

Thoughts of a scary library and librarian in The Librarian from the Black Lagoon can rev up excitement for reading.

On Friday I’ll share books that I use with my third through fifth graders. Do you have suggestions?

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