The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli; illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. Published by Disney Hyperion.
Brief summary: The book hog loved the smell of books, buying them, and being surrounded by them. However, he could not read. One day as he was taking a walk, he came across a building that SMELLED like books. He went inside to find thousands of books. Miss Olive, a children’s librarian, offered to read a book with him. Over time, he learned to read and love books for their stories as well as how they felt(and smelled!).
Comments: Adorable story to read to primary young readers. The illustrations are mainly orange, pink, and green. The end pages are tiny pink and green dots.
If I was still a school librarian(and not retired), I would read this book the first day kindergartners came to visit the school library and then open up a conversation to see if any of my students ever visited a public library explaining that they now have another type of library they can visit each week.
Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul; illustrated by John Parra. 2019. Acrylic paint on illustration board. Published by Clarion Books.
Brief summary: In 2009, Todd Bol cut up an old door and made a small box resembling a tiny one room school house. He filled it with books and set it on his lawn with a sign…free books. Rick Brooks, a friend of Todd’s, suggested that they could make hundreds of these for people to place throughout the country. After awhile, the idea took off. Each Little Free Library has a number to keep track of all of them. People around the world heard about the idea and liked it. Soon Todd and Rick In 2011, the organization became an official nonprofit.
“Take a Book; Share a Book”
Back pages have these sections: Author’s Note, More About Little Free Libraries, More About the People and Events in This Book, and To Learn More.
Go here for their website and see if a registered Little Free Library is near you: https://littlefreelibrary.org/
The Book of Gold by Bob Staake; illustrated by Bob Staake. 2017. Digitally illustrated. Published by Schwartz & Wade Books.
Brief summary: Little boy Isaac Gutenberg is taken to the New York Public Library in 1935 where he sees the two lions, Patience and Fortitude. His parents love books and try to pass that love to their son who is bored in the library. His parents leave and walk into an antique store where Isaac sits in the middle of the floor waiting for them to find a gift for a relative. The storekeeper tries to entertain the boy but without success until he shares the legend of the Book of Gold.
Upon Isaac’s life quest to find the one book that answers all questions and is solid gold, he reads many books over the years learning about many wonderful facts. Towards the end of his life, old man Isaac Gutenberg is back in the New York Public Library sharing the legend of the book of gold with a youngster.
Comments: The end pages are rows of books. The words of this book have white lettering on a black background. This does have a lot of words for young readers, so I would suggest it as a read aloud in addition to one they could read alone. The illustrations are colorful and have action in them that shows the years passing by as the boy grows through the decades to an old man.
The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, illustrated by Chuck Groenink. 2017. Illustrations done digitally and in pencil. Published by Antheneum Books for Young Readers.
Brief summary: A young girl goes to the library on a rainy Saturday morning and discovers several favorite characters and stories inside as she walks throughout the library looking for library books to check out.
Comments: Love that Tom Chapin’s song is now in book form. The illustrations are full and colorful and make the song come alive as the child walks through the library seeing children book characters around her. The library is full of fun and imagination as she decides what books to check out. This is definitely a great choice to have in any library collection.
Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster and Ethan Long. 2017. Digitally illustrated. Published by Chronicle Books.
Brief summary: Redd and Bloo argue over who is the owner of a green colored book. Bloo believes the book Redd is reading is actually his. They discover evidence indicating it actually does belong to one of them. Bookworm comes out of her hole in the middle of their arguing and steals the book from the two. She hides in her hole out of the reach of the two friends. Redd and Bloo decide after trying to get the book back from Bookworm and failing to make a better book to entice Bookworm to trade. She does and the two run off to read their book together until another argument occurs.
Comments: I believe that this book will do well in any elementary school library where fighting over books happens daily. This book could be read to students to teach how to share a book.
The Book No One Every Read by Cornelia Funke; illustrated by Cornelia Funke. 2016(Copyright by Cornelia Funke), 2017(published by Breathing Books).
Brief summary: Morry, a five-year old book, decides to push himself forward a bit on the library’s book shelf but is scolded by the other books explaining what is was like to be read. The fingerprints. The food stains. Morry did not care. He fell off the shelf and went on a little adventure landing in front of a child with sticky fingers. Morry is now happy with a name written in his front pages and worn pages from being read several times.
Comments: When reading the book, the young reader may not pick up on all the contributes that the author made of her favorite authors and poets in the way of the books on the shelves. They are hilarious and are mentioned in a back dedication page. I am considering reading this to my students at the beginning of the year as a part of a library orientation lesson.
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