As I noted yesterday, National Library Week is April 8-14. The purpose of National Library Week, first sponsored in 1958, is to celebrate the contributions that libraries and library workers make to their communities each day. It is also a time for people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the vast array of materials and services that their local library has to offer.
Stella Louella’s Runaway Book, by Lisa Campbell Ernst. Stella Louella’s library book has completely disappeared! To make matters worse, it is due back at the library! Stella, with the help of most of the neighborhood, frantically searches for her book to avoid disappointing her much-loved librarian, Mrs. Graham. Each person Stella encounters has read and enjoyed the book, but has passed it on to someone else by the time Stella reaches them. This book is LONG. In fact, I considered shortening it and telling it with flannelboard pieces. But I loved it and my pre-k kids are almost kindergarteners, so I figured I’d try it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they all sat through it! I think it helped a lot that there is an element of mystery to it (I told them ahead of time that I wanted them to guess what book Stella was reading by listening to what the different people liked about it). This is a very fun (if challenging) book to read aloud, and I recommend it for children ages 4-8.
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t), by Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley. This is a funny book about what happens when an enthusiastic children’s librarian and a reluctant reader meet. The main character insists that she does not like reading and that she cannot understand what Miss Brooks is so excited about at circle time. Miss Brooks, however, is undaunted, firm in the belief that every reader has her book.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy, by Oliver Jeffers. “Henry loved books. But not like you and I love books, no. Not quite…Henry loved to EAT books.” The first lines of this book say it all. As crazy as it sounds, Henry eats books and gets smarter as a result! Eager to become “the smartest person on Earth,” Henry starts eating three or four books at a time. Eventually, however, the books start to disagree with him, and all of their contents become mixed up. When Henry finally stops eating his books, he learns that he loves reading them! This is such a funny book, and it is just perfect for this age group. The best part, however….
Is the bite mark at the end of the book! I told the kids that I didn’t think Henry did it. The culprit must have been Mr. Alligator! Because if there is anything he loves more than alligator soup, it has to be books! We chastised Mr. Alligator (didn’t you learn anything from Henry? We read books, we don’t eat them!) Luckily, the kids are ever reliable in their supply of imaginary alligator soup…