Books and Library

Librarian on the Roof! A True Story By M. G. King

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Back of Book: When RoseAleta Laurell begins her new job at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, she is surprised that the children of the town think the library is for adults. She vows to raise the money for a children’s section and spends a week living and working on the library roof, even surviving a dangerous storm. With the help of the entire town, RoseAleta raises over $39,000 from within the community and across the country.

My Review:  This is an extremely fun look at how unique librarians can be. RoseAleta is not your normal librarian. She is willing to take risks and try new things in order to help her library grow. This book is based on a true story and is great to use for a unit on influential people or biographies. The illustrations in this story are fun and eye catching. I enjoyed reading this story very much and am looking forward to sharing it with my students.

Ages 7 and up

32 pages

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Froggy Goes to the Library By Jonathan London

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Back of Book: When Froggy and Mom and Pollywogilina set out for the library, Froggy brings a wheelbarrow to hold all the books he plans to borrow. There are so many to choose from: Dinosaur books! Books about Space Frog! Froggy is so excited that he forgets to use his indoor voice.

My Review:  The Froggy books are fun and always create a lot of laughter from my students. This book is about Froggy going to the library to check out as many books as will fit in his wheelbarrow.  The story describes all the important aspects of going to the library like having a library card and always remembering to use you’re inside voice.  Froggy manages to create quite a mess in the library before he learns the correct way to behave. This is an awesome story to share with students or children before going to the library.

Ages 5 and up

32 pages

Books and Library

The Library By Sarah Stewart

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Back of book:  Elizabeth Brown doesn’t like to play with dolls and she doesnt like to skate. What she does like to do is read books lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can’t even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do? Start her own public library, of course! With charming verse and watercolors Sarah Stewart and David Small celebrate one of America’s oldest and finest institutions.

My Review: I think this is a very fun rhyming book and a neat way to talk to children about libraries. Elizabeth reads everything she can get her hands on. I believe this is a great story to read to children about how books can impact their lives and how amazing a library can be. The text discusses several types of books and allows readers to see that any subject can be read about and learned about.

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

Books and Library

That Book Woman By Heather Henson

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Back of book:  Cal is not the readin’ type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he’d rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that’s not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish — or is she braver than he ever thought?  That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history — the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.

My Review:  I love reading books about the joy of reading books. So many children in today’s world of technology do not realize the impact that being able to read can have on a person. I had never read anything about the Pack Horse Librarians but this story made me want to do research on them. This book is a beautiful historical look at how people who lived in the middle of nowhere were able to learn to read  with the help of traveling librarians.

Ages 8 and up

40 Pages