As you might already be aware, 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.
Opening Song: We hit the floor together
Opening Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big
Lola at the Library, by Anna McQuinn, Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. Lola loves the library, and she looks forward walking there every Tuesday with her mommy. Lola marvels at the broad selection of books, as well as the storytime and special children’s area (where no one ever says “shhhh!”) I just love this book, especially for toddlers. In fact, I bought a copy for my own daughter before I was even in library school. I think it is so important to instruct children about what a fantastic resource the library can be, for fun and for learning.
Reading Makes You Feel Good, by Todd Parr. If you have never looked at a Todd Parr book, you should. His boldly colorful, childlike illustrations are distinctive and eye-catching. The short, simple text of this book gives benefits of reading that will appeal to children, such as “You can learn about cool places and people,” and “You can find your favorite animal at the zoo.” This book is a great choice for children ages 2 to 5.
Dog Loves Books, by Louise Yates. Dog loves books, so much so that he decides to open a bookstore. After his grand opening, Dog is saddened by the lack of customers who love books as much as he does (one potential customer tries to order tea while another simply wants directions). Discouraged, Dog loses himself in the books on his shelves until he finally gets a customer who wants to READ!
I totally get where this book is coming from, but I have mixed feelings about it. The undertones of it scream out against mega-bookstores where people go just to get coffee or work on their laptops. However, I’m not sure that this is a message that children are likely to understand. After all, they usually do go to a bookstore to look at books. In general, I find that children are a very eager audience for books. So the guilt-laying of this book is a bit misplaced, in my opinion. Still, I love Dog’s enthusiasm for books (“He loved the smell of them, and he loved the feel of them. He loved everything about them…”), and the illustrations are beautiful–especially when Dog imagines himself in a book about dinosaurs, then in one about kangaroos, and finally one about outer space.
Closing Rhyme: My Hands Say Thank You
Join us for Preschool Storytime at the Leesburg Library every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.