Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Children's Books About Libraries

There are many books for children about libraries, but here are just a couple of my favorites.
Library Lion by Michelle Knutson.
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

The sweet, soft illustrations of Library Lion are what first attracted me to this book (it's no secret that I tend to judge a book by it's cover).  But the story is just as sweet!
There is a lion in the library!  He makes an excellent pillow to lean against during story time and a great foot stool for reaching the highest books on the shelf.  The children who visit the library and the staff who work there love him, all except for Mr. McBee.
Here is a great tool for using Library Lion in the classroom from Candlewick Books.  A Library Lion Story Hour Guide.  Thank you Candlewick for such a neat little guide!
Our Library by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by Maggie Smith

How cute are these little animals!?  The story is about a group of animals (with opposable thumbs, apparently) trying to save their beloved library, and I think they come up with a pretty nifty solutions. 

That Book Woman by Heather Henson
Illustrated by David Small

That Book Woman is about a pack horse librarian in the Appalachian Mountains and a boy named Cal who would rather work than read.  But Cal's sister loves to read, and the book woman comes over the mountains, rain or shine, sleet or snow.  Cal thinks "that book woman" is a mixture of crazy and brave.  I like this book for older children and it's a great way for kids and adults to learn a little more about the pack horse librarians.
Here is a video I found on You Tube of That Book Woman.
There are many other books about libraries for children, but I am running out of time.  There's always tomorrow.
So, until then,
Happy reading everyone!


  1. Jen I loved reading what you wrote...We actually have the book you dislike, but don't read it much anymore. Now we are trying hard to find books that the girls will enjoy and continue to read. Thanks for the insight and btw I had Mr.Stout for 'Intro to Poetry', he's an amazing teacher! Thanks Jodie

    1. Hi Jodie! Thanks for liking my blog! Autumn and I are in the same boat as far as finding good books for her to read. She likes the Little House Books and she kind of liked Junonia by Kevin Henkes. It was great to hear from you!