More Books about Books and Reading and Libraries

Tuesday’s post included books I use in the library with preschool through second grade at the beginning of the school year. Today I have listed some of my favorite books I use with third through fifth graders to get them hyped about reading and books.  

Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair is a “dam” good book, if I do say so myself. Kids love quirky Aunt Chip who took to her bed fifty years ago when a TV tower was built where the town library used to stand. There’s lots of fun and adventure as she sets out to right a wrong and get everyone reading again.

Curiosity may have killed a cat, but for The Boy who was Raised by Librarians, curiosity leads him on a journey filled with books, answers, and a rewarding career path. It’s fun to compare the illustrations at the beginning, middle, and end of the book as students see how the boy and three librarians age.

The Library Dragon is some hot book! The librarian is a dragon that guards the books in the library – look, but don’t touch. The book is filled with fiery puns and entertaining illustrations that include the use of clever language. This book is a great way to show how authors use different types of language in their stories. On a “scale” of one to ten, this book gets a ten for fire-breathing fun.

Richard Wright and the Library Card takes students back to a time when blacks in the South were not allowed to borrow books from the library. This book shows the determination of a young African American who wants to read and make a better life for himself. It provides a stepping-off point to discuss segregation, prejudice, and equal rights.

To put this post to rest, Please Bury Me in the Library. This book is filled with entertaining poems about books, libraries, and reading. “What if Books Had Different Names?” is one poem. Furious George instead of Curious George? Put your students to the task of creating new titles for old books. Do you have any ideas?  

Books. Libraries. Reading. Wonderful words.

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