National Library Week and Week of the Young Child

Posted on April 12, 2013. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

April 14 -20 is both National Library Week and Week of the Young Child. National Library Week is celebrated to thank libraries and librarians for the work they do and to promote library use and support. Week of the Young Child is celebrated to bring people’s attention to the needs of young children and their families and the early childhood programs and services available to them. To celebrate both of these events, I have chosen a selection of children’s books available at Oakton Community College Library that encourage the love of reading and libraries in young children.

book cover for Bats in the LibraryBats in the Library
by Brian Lies

Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear.
Can it be true? Oh, can it be?
Yes!—Bat Night at the library!

Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The Boy Who Was Raised by LIbrariansThe Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
written by Carla Morris
illustrated by Brad Sneed

“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 Leola—are always in their places, behind the reference desk.

When something 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 catalog the insects. When he is cast as the Enormous Eggplant in the school play, Betty reads aloud from Organic Gardening to help him find his motivation. As the years pass, Melvin can always find the answers to his questions—and 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?” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Book Fiesta!Book fiesta!
Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day = Celebremos el día de los Niños/El día de los Libros

written by Pat Mora
illustrated by Rafael López

“Take a ride in a long submarine or fly away in a hot air balloon. Whatever you do, just be sure to bring your favorite book! Rafael López’s colorful illustrations perfectly complement Pat Mora’s lilting text in this delightful celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros; Children’s Day/Book Day. Toon! Toon!

Pasea por el mar en un largo submarino o viaja lejos en un globo aerostático. No importa lo que hagas, ¡no olvides traer tu libro preferido! Las coloridas ilustraciones de Rafael López complementan perfectamente el texto rítmico de Pat Mora en esta encantadora celebración de El día de los niños/El día de los libros. ¡Tun! ¡Tun!” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Library LionLibrary Lion
written by Michelle Knudsen
illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

“A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend. Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore.

But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen’s disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Poindexter Makes a FriendPoindexter Makes a Friend
by Mike Twohy

“Meet Poindexter, a very shy pig. He is most happy when reading to his stuffed animals or visiting Mrs. Polen, the librarian, who sometimes lets him help put books on the library shelves and push her book cart between the stacks. Then one afternoon, Poindexter’s love of reading, a how-to book, and a dirty-snouted mole hold a special surprise—the start of a wonderful friendship.

New Yorker cartoonist Mike Twohy’s first book for children is a tender story about the joys of having and being a true friend” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for That Book WomanThat Book Woman
by Heather Henson
pictures by David Small

“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” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Wild about BooksWild about Books
by Judy Sierra
pictures by Marc Brown

“It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.

In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal—tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. ‘She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.’ In no time at all, Molly has them ‘forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,’ going ‘wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.’ Judy Sierra’s funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown’s lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys!” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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