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I love the library, and always have as far as I can remember. Every time I take my three-year old brother with me to the library, I can tell he shares the same feelings, as he has to pull out every book he goes by. Sometimes he has to sit and have me read a book or two, or helps me pick out a few of them to take home. This last time I took him to the library, we found a great book about the library, which is leading me to write this posts about 7 great books about the library for kids.
One time my brother climbed up on the library stools and looked on the shelves. It was the cutest. thing. ever.
It is so awesome to pass on my love of the library to my brothers, although it hasn’t worked on one of them really…unless you count sport books, rubbing off.
7 great books about the library for kids:
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor and he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.
Elizabeth Brown doesn’t like to play with dolls, and she doesn’t like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of them, all the time. Over the years, her collection has grown to such enormous proportions that there’s not even room in Elizabeth’s house for Elizabeth. The way she solves the problem will warm the hearts of book lovers, young and old.
Sam, a mouse, whose home was in a little hole in the wall in the children’s reference books section at the library, thought that his life was very good indeed. For Sam loved to read. He read picture books and chapter books, biographies and poetry, and other books. Sam read so much that finally one day he decided to write books himself!
From the day she was born, Lil had a book in her hand…so it’s no surprise when she grows up to become a librarian herself. She even manages to turn the people of Chesterville-who are couch potatoes-into readers. But then Bust-’em-up Bill roars into town with his motorcycle gang. Just mention reading to him and you’re toast. Has Lil finally met her match?
The Library Gingerbread Man
The Gingerbread Man lives at number 398.2. And so begins this Dewey decimal twist on an old favorite. When the naughty cookie escapes from the librarian, his pursuers include a thesaurus from 423.1 that cries, “Stop! Cease! Halt! Freeze! Stay!” and a robot from 629.892 that drones, “Stop. Stop. You. Are. Misplaced.” As the impish runaway meets each new character, he echoes the familiar refrain, “Run, run, as fast as you can./You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” When he reaches the 920s, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Amelia Earhart all try in vain to catch him. “Even Jesse Owens, a record-breaking Olympic runner, couldn’t keep up.”
Bats at the Library
Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
It is no small feat to entertain children in a book about loving books (an increasingly crowded shelf), but this duo succeeds admirably through well-chosen facts, staggering statistics, an interactive text, and humor. Readers glimpse Jefferson’s childhood, adolescence, fatherhood, and presidency through his obsession with reading.
When we got the book, Library Lion (love that book!), from the library, my little brother wanted it to be read to him so many times! He really loved the story. It was a good-sized book for a 3 (almost 4) year old boy, but he sits through the whole thing!
Do you have a favorite “library” book?