A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about the Library
“Gotta Love Libraries!”
A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about the Library
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month – a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is a library card. This fall Snoopy comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie, and in September he serves as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month. In support of this national campaign, we decided to feature some of our favorite books, both new and old, about libraries and the treasures within.
Books about Libraries
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
In this episode (part of the Bats at the … series of books), these book-loving bats find an open window at the local public library and discover fun things to do such as using the copier, playing with pop-up books, and bathing in the water fountain.
The Book Boat’s In by Cynthia Cotton, illus. by Frané Lessac
Set on a book boat on the Erie Canal in the 1800’s, a young boy saves his money in order to buy a tattered copy of Swiss Family Robinson. Illustrator, Frané Lessac will be visiting our library in September.
Books for Me! by Sue Fliess, illus. by Mike Laughead
This story about Hippo pays tribute to the many types of books available at the library. The sing-song text and adorable illustrations create a fun story about finding just the right book.
Check it Out!: Reading, Finding ,Helping by Patricia Hubbell, illus. by Nancy Speir
The rhyming text describes how librarians instill in children a love for books and reading.
Construction by Sally Sutton, illus. by Brian Lovelock
A construction project is revealed in detail, but it’s not until the final spread that we find out the project is actually a new library building.
D.W.’s Library Card by Marc Brown
After finally getting her first library card, Arthur’s little sister tries to check out her favorite book.
Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt and Jeanne Camella Schmitzer
This book explores a forgotten bit of history, the story of the librarians who traveled hazardous mountain trails to deliver books, magazines, pamphlets, and scrapbooks to the schools and homes of some of America’s poorest people.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve year old Kyle and several others participate in an overnight lock-in event at the library. When the kids wake up the next morning, they are faced with a new and unexpected game: whoever can find a way out of Mr. Lemoncello’s library will win the grand prize. References to classic and current children’s literature help the kids solve the clues and escape to win the game.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce, illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm
Joyce has created a tribute to the late Bill Morris, a pioneer in the area of library promotions. The idea appeared first as an animated short film that won an Academy Award. An iPad app was also released. The author then turned the story into this book. With elements of The Wizard of Oz, Humpty Dumpty, The Red Balloon, and Buster Keaton, this magical story comes to life.
Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack, illus. by Jerry Pinkney
Set in Nashville during the segregated 1950’s, a young African American girl overcomes a series of obstacles to get to her special destination, the local public library where “all are welcome”. This is a poignant story and tribute to the libraries that were ahead of their time.
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter
This is the true story of one dedicated librarian’s attempt to save her library’s collection of books when war comes to the city of Basra in 2003.
The Library by Sarah Stewart, illus. by David Small
Elizabeth Brown’s life is centered on books and reading. Through the years she fills her home with books. When her collection becomes too large, she donates her treasures and her house to the town for a library.
A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton
Mouse works hard to persuade gruff-but-lovable bear to become a library user. Bear’s grouchiness and Mouse’s exuberance come through in Denton’s expressive illustrations. The “hooray-for-books” message comes through as well!
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams, illus. by Steven Kellogg
A strong-willed librarian makes readers out of a tough-talking, television-watching motorcycle gang. The author is a real life librarian!
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illus. by Kevin Hawkes
A lion visits the library and decides to stay for storytime. The librarian permits this as long as the lion agrees to follow the rules, which include no roaring. When the librarian falls from a step stool, the only way the lion knows to get help is to roar, which means breaking the rules.
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
The Midnight Library is a little unusual – it is only open from midnight to dawn, serves animal patrons, and is staffed by a little girl librarian with pigtails and her three assistant owls. The illustrations, which look like wood-block prints, feature just three colors: black, gold, and blue. This is a cozy and charming read, perfect for bedtime.
Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Arthur Howard
In this latest in the beginning reader series, Mr. Putter and Tabby go on their most exciting adventure yet: a trip to the library for a special “Read with Your Pet” storytime.
No T. Rex in the Library by Toni Buzzeo, illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa
A little girl and an unruly dinosaur give the reader an introduction to the many stories and topics found in a library. The importance of book care and proper library behavior is emphasized as well.
Read it, Don’t Eat it! By Ian Schoenherr
This picture book provides advice on how to take care of a library book. It includes simple text and colorful illustrations.
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop
Red Knit Cap Girl and her woodland friends turn a nook under a tree into a library. Stoop’s illustrations are interesting in that they are done on plywood whose grain shows subtly under the art.
Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller, illus. by Gregory Christie
In the 1920’s in Memphis, Tennessee, public library borrowing privileges did not exist for African Americans. This is a fictionalized account of an episode in the life of the great African American writer, Richard Wright. Unable to borrow books, Wright enlisted the help of a white co-worker to make his dream a reality.
Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, illus. by Raul Colón
Mora’s story is based on a true incident in the life of the famous writer Tomás Rivera, the son of migrant workers who became an education leader and university president. During one summer in his childhood, his love of books and reading is fostered by a librarian who takes Tomás under her wing while his family works the harvest.