The month of February is Library Lovers month, and what better way to celebrate than to read and share books about the library. Below are books that are great for kindergarten up until fifth grade. Don’t forget to thank your local librarians for all they do!
The Library Book uses lyrics from the classic song by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark. This book, and song, celebrates all there is to do on a rainy day, or any day, when you visit the library. This book is great for a younger audience, and will have everyone singing along. The illustrations are subtle, yet fun and match the story perfectly.
Elise Parsley wrote a fun book about visiting the library called If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! This book is the third in the Magnolia Says Don’t! Series and is a fun tale about what would happen if you bring a circus to the library. Magnolia soon learns a circus is not meant for the library. The illustrations are as fun as the tale, and worth sharing with children up to first grade.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers tells the story of Henry who loves to eat books. Of course, anytime you over eat anything, including books, your stomach will make you feel ill. Soon Henry finds something else he can do with the books he so enjoys. As always, Jeffers artistic style and text shines through in this fun read. Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books, has even provided a wordsearch to go along with the story. This book is great for first through second grade.
In our fourth book, The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora, we follow Oscar and his stuffed bear, Theodore, as they visit the library. Of course, their day is almost ruined by a very angry monster because where else would a monster hide? This funny story will have kids laughing at the trouble that ensues; all Oscar wants to do is read is book in silence! The pops of bright colors in the illustrations adds to the fun of the story. Children up to first grade will enjoy this book.
Ban This Book by Alan Gratz is a great read for students third grade through fifth; it’s also a great read for adults. In this story, Amy fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library. Amy soon learns what it means to ban a book, and what it means to fight back. This book can lead to some great discussions at home and in the classroom, and teach students about censorship and their rights to reading books.
Lastly, we have Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein, which is the first in the series. One special night, Kyle gets to stay overnight in the town library, which was designed by gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello. When morning comes, the doors are locked, and Kyle, plus the other kids, must solve clues to find the hidden escape route. This book has been described as a mix between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and, the movie, A Night in the Museum, and it lives up to this. This is a fast-paced, exciting read for third through fifth graders.