Books and Library

Building Books by Megan Wagner Lloyd

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Back of Book:
Katie loves to build. She loves the way the blocks click together, the way they crash when they topple to the floor. But most of all, she loves to build something brand-new. Unlike her brother, she hates reading.

Owen loves to read. He loves the way the pages rustle when he turns them, the way the paper smells. But most of all, he loves to read something brand-new. But, unlike his sister, he has no interest in building.

When their rivalry finally comes to a head, a librarian suggests a solution. Books for Katie to read and books for Owen to shelve. Can they learn to appreciate their siblings’ hobbies and build something together?
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Megan Wagner Lloyd in exchange for an honest review. Love reading
I absolutely love reading stories about the beauty of books. This story is no exception. The story follows two siblings and their rivalry as to what is better building with books? or reading books? I love that the wise librarian creates a perfect compromise. She sends a stack of books to build with Owen and a stack of books to read with Katie. The two children realize that they can go against their normal routine and try something different. The ending shows the two siblings compromising and enjoying stories together. The illustrations in this story are beautiful and show diverse people. My students enjoyed hearing this story and asked to look at it during the independent reading time.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Books and Library

Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude By JoshFunk

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Back of Book:
Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude is the first picture book about Patience and Fortitude, the two lion statues that faithfully guard the New York Public Library. When Patience goes missing, Fortitude realizes the secret to Patience’s disappearance may be within the Library itself.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this book from Josh Funk in exchange for an honest review.
Josh Funk has done it again and created a fantastic tale about the two lions who guard The New York Public Library. I live in Southern California so I had never heard of Patience and Fortitude. I instantly fell in love with the concept of two lions roaming the hallways of one of the greatest libraries in the world. I love the famous aspects of the library that Fortitude passes on his way to find Patience like Frolicsome Girl, and the talkative portraits in the Edna Barnes Salomon Room. The book is written with a rhyming text which allows for a fantastic and engaging read aloud. Stevie did an incredible job with the illustrations. It truly feels like the reader I walking the journey along with the lions. This book is a library lovers dream. It opens a new world to readers and creates a last impression. I hope there will be more adventures with Patience and Fortitude.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Books and Library, Summer

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

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Back of Book:
Surf’s up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can’t help but get curious. Before you can shout ‘Surf’s up!’ both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach.
My Review:
This story takes the idea that books are boring and turns it upside down. The story follows two friends Bro, and Dude as they prepare to enjoy some time at the beach. The only problem is that Bro ants to finish his book. Dude thinks that books are boring but by the end of the story he changes his mind. The text is simple to read which makes it perfect for beginning readers. I love the message it sends to readers about the importance of reading over the summer. The illustrations are fun and the frog characters are truly enduring. This is a must-read addition to any summer reading list!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Books and Library

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell

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Back of Book:
Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even talk to him. One day, he meets a girl named Luna who, rather than being afraid, is fascinated to meet Franklin, having recently read all about dragons in one of her books. They instantly become friends and talk nonstop about what they’ve read: books about roller-skating, King Arthur, spiders, and how to do kung fu. Together they hatch a plan to share their love of books with others by opening a bookshop―a flying bookshop, that is―right on Franklin’s back!
Franklin, a well-read and peace-loving dragon, and Luna, a young girl with an independent spirit and an insatiable love of reading, make fantastic role models for young children. Franklin’s Flying Bookshop brings the magic of classic fairy tales into the twenty-first century through exquisite illustrations, and will enchant children as well as anyone who loves books.

My Review:
I love sharing books with my students that showcase a love of reading. This book is beautifully written and told. Readers will fall in love with Franklin and the joy he has in reading. The love that one of the main concepts of this book is that books are best if they are shared with others. The text is written in rhyme which allows readers to follow along with ease. Another fantastic messages that is intertwined within this book is not to judge based on appearance. Luna is not scared of Franklin or the fact that he is a dragon. Franklin does not stop searching for a friend until he meets Luna. It doesn’t matter to him that she is a girl. Together they make a plan to bring the library to everyone else. The illustrations in this story are simply magical. I love all the details that are on each page. A great tale for anyone who gets lost in the magic of a well written story.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Books and Library

The Magician’s Hat By Malcolm Mitchell

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Back of Book:
Super Bowl champion and literacy crusader Malcolm Mitchell presents the story of a magician who reveals an awe-inspiring treasure from his bag of tricks — books that make every kid’s dream come true!

This is not your typical afternoon at the library — a magician invites kids to reach into his hat to pull out whatever they find when they dig down deep. Soon — poof! — each child comes away with something better than they could’ve imagined — a book that helps them become whatever they want to be, and makes their dreams come true through pages and words, and the adventures that follow. But each child can’t help but wonder, What’s really making the magic happen?

My Review:
I absolutely love that Malcolm Mitchell is so passionate about literacy and bringing the joy of reading to others. His book The Magician’s Hat is a truly fantastic story about the love of books. The message to readers about how important literacy can be. My favorite part of this book is when the magician shows each child a book about what they want to be when they grow up. This in an amazing addition to any unit about careers or community helpers. Th illustrations are beautifully detailed and show readers the magic of reading if they are willing to open a book. I cannot wait to share this book with my classroom.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Biography, Books and Library

Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind by Cynthia Grady

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Back of Book:
When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children’s librarian Clara Breed’s young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences.
My Review:
I have not read very many picture books about the Japanese camps in 1942. I believe that this is a part of history that all children should learn about. Write to Me is a beautifully written nonfiction look at one librarian who fought to ensure that the children had books to read. The illustrations are unique in that they show the letters written to librarian. They are soft and show the children in many different areas of the camps. The back of the book has an author note and photo of librarian Clara Estelle Breed with some of the students that she sent books to. There is also a very detailed timeline of Japanese people in the United States. All the information in this book makes it an excellent story for a history unit or book report.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Books and Library, Uncategorized

Read the Book, Lemmings! Ame Dyckman

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Back of Book:
Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: “Lemmings don’t jump off cliffs.” But Foxy can’t get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They’re too busy jumping off.

After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn’t being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can’t read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can’t return to reading it, either!
My Review:
This is an incredibly fun and exciting story. I loved reading about the unique Lemmings and their antics. Foxy is trying to read a story about Lemmings he holds the pages open so the Lemmings can read them. The problem was that the Lemmings can’t read and keep jumping in the water. This book is laugh out loud funny. Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora make a perfect team. The illustrated Lemmings will captivate readers. I hope that there are many more adventures written about these fun little characters. A perfect story to introduce the importance of reading. This story makes a perfect gift for Charismas.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Books and Library

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians By Carla Morris

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My Review:
Every day after school Melvin goes to the library. Everything has its place in the library and Melvin likes it that way. And his favorite people Marge, Betty, and Leolaare always in their place, behind the reference desk. When a subject interests Melvin, his librarian friends help him find lots and lots of books on the subject. When he collects creepy bugs in a jar, they help him identify, classify and catalogue the insects. When he is cast as an Enormous Eggplant in the school play Betty reads aloud from Organic Gardening Magazine to help him find his motivation. As the years pass, Melvin can always find the answers to his question sand a lot of fun in the library. Then one day he goes off to college to learn new things and read new books. Will he leave the library and his friends behind forever?
Back of Book:
This is an incredibly sweet story about a young boy, and the librarians who loved him. I always enjoy reading stories about the impact that books can have on people. This story is a true tribute to the men and women who spend their time helping others find the perfect story. I loved reading how Melvin grow and learn. The three librarians Marge, Betty, and Leeola are perfect examples of what every library should have. They represent people who love stories. The illustrations are engaging and bring the library to life. The ending is sweet and shows Melvin giving back to the community that raised him.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Books and Library

Bunny’s Book Club By Annie Silvestro

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Back of Book:
Bunny loves to sit outside the library with the kids and listen to summer story time. But when the weather gets cold and everyone moves inside, his daily dose of joy is gone. Desperate, Bunny refuses to miss out on any more reading time and devises a plan to sneak into the library at night . . . through the library’s book drop!

What follows is an adorable caper that brings an inquisitive, fuzzy bunny and his woodland pals up close and personal with the books they have grown to love.

My Review:

Oh, my goodness! Bunny’s Book Club is one of those stories that makes you happy to love reading. Readers will love watching as bunny brings more and more friends into the library to enjoy books. This story celebrates the magic of reading in a fun, new adventure. I love that Bunny shares her love of stories with her friends. They all get to be a part of going to the library. There is a wonderful message of friendship that is woven throughout the pages of the book. I can see giving this as a gift to any children who love reading. The illustrations are very sweet, and depict the animals beautifully. I hope that Annie and Tatjana team up to create more picture books soon.

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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Books and Library, Uncategorized

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough

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Back of Book:
Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages.

My Review:

I love finding books that teach readers about the creation of public libraries. I think it’s important to teach children that libraries are a place where they can learn and grow. I loved learning about Anne Carroll More and her fight to create an environment in libraries for children. I loved learning that she created learning clubs for children, and even back then, found ways to make English Language Learners feel included. I am adding this to my diverse book collection. It shows the strength that on woman had, to include all children. The illustrations are soft and warm.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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