Sunday, December 6, 2009

Books about libraries

To celebrate our new library, I put together a display of books that feature libraries, books or reading.
Here's a partial listing of titles I selected.


Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat
by Sara Miller, illustrated by True Kelley
Houghton Mifflin
1997

Not about "books" per se, but I love the conceit. Sly, very humorous and probably the best use of notoriously difficult second person narration that I've ever seen.


Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm
by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat
Greenwillow
2003

Literal-minded Amelia Bedelia helps out at her local library and as can be expected, gets into tons of trouble by doing everything "by the book."


What Do Authors Do?
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion
1995

In cartoon format, demystifies the writing and publishing process for young readers.


That Book Woman
by Helen Henson, illustrated by David Small
Atheneum
2008

Inspired by a traveling librarian, a young Appalachian boy in the 1930's learns to read.


Born to Read
by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown
Knopf
2008

Sam is addicted to reading.



My Librarian is a Camel
Margriet Ruurs
Boyd Mills Press
2005

This non-fiction title features full-color photos of kids around the world, eager to get books however they can.


The Library Dragon
by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael P. White
Peachtree Publishers
1994

Mrs. Lotta Scales, the new, suspiciously scaly librarian can get quite fired up when her books aren't treated right.


Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press
by Bruce Kosceilniak
Houghton Mifflin
2003

The true story of how the printing press was invented, with background information about the origins of written language.


Maisy Goes to the Library
by Lucy Cousins
Candlewick
2005

Another solid addition to the very popular Maisy series. The bold outline pictures and the simple story line encourages print motivation as Maisy finds a book, and enjoys a storytime at the library.


You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberly
Little Brown
2001

Poetry for two voices, designed for adults to share with emerging readers.


The Wednesday Surprise
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Donald Carrick
Clarion Books
1989

A child teaches her immigrant grandmother to read.


Wild About Books
by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown
Knopf
2003

Zoo animals go wild over the bookmobile that comes to visit them.

Library Mouse
by Daniel Kirk
Abrams Books
2007

A shy mouse sneaks out at night to gift the library with his literary creations.


Book! Book! Book!
by Deborah Bruss, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Arthur A. Levine Books
2001

Animals at the farm demand a library storytime.


Library Lion
by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Candlewick
2006

A lion is welcome to stay in the library... as long as he doesn't break any rules.

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