Brief summary: Henley is not a reader. The book was too hard; another was too boring. He could not find a book that had his interests. He preferred playing outside. One day in school, his teacher assigns her students to bring in their favorite book to class tomorrow. Henley goes to the library after school and asks the librarian to help him find his favorite book in the whole wide world. Nothing.
He goes to the bookshop and asks the owner, Mrs. Rackley, if she could help find him a book that he could call his favorite. Again, after looking at several books, Henley does not find one. He goes home and tells his mother his problem. She says something to her son that helps him find his favorite to share the next day. What book is it?
Comments: So good to see how he went to the public librarian and bookstore owner to help him. Henley, I did not have an elementary library either. I had to find my books at the public library.
I love that he was able to find his favorite book and have something so meaningful to share with his classmates. This could be a great introduction for primary students to reflect and share their favorite stories or perhaps an end-of-the-year summary of the favorite books they enjoyed that school year.
How to Catch a Clover Thiefby Elise Parsley; illustrated by Elise Parsley. 2021. Digitally drawn, painted in Adobe Photoshop. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Brief summary: A wild boar named Roy is waiting for his clover patch to bloom. He warns his gopher neighbor, Jarvis, to not steal his clover. Jarvis assures him that he would never steal the yummy white blossoms and gives Roy a clover recipe book to read while the boar waits. Roy decides to go out and get some of the ingredients for a recipe and discovers upon his return that his clover patch is smaller.
Jarvis visits Roy the next day and asks what is the matter. Roy points out that there is a clover thief! Roy explains that he needs to stand guard of his clover and tells the gopher to go away. The gopher offers him a campsite book to help Roy stay there and guard. The wild boar reads the book and starts to put up a tent and build a campfire only to discover that his clover patch is smaller again.
Jarvis continues to give Roy various books while the clover patch gets smaller and smaller. Roy decides he is going to the library to get a book to figure out how to catch the clover thief. Will his invention work?
Comments: Young readers will enjoy the secret and mystery of who is the clover thief. Laugh out loud fun!
I like how the character reads to find answers and eventually, goes to the library to find the perfect book to catch the thief.
The Library Bookby 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.
The Book No One Every Readby 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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