A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Books, Libraries, and Reading
Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of children’s books and the joy of reading. Established in 1919 at the urging of Franklin K. Mathiews, Librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. Its original intent was to focus attention on the need for quality children’s books and the importance of childhood literacy. The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919. The celebration is the first full week in May and this year runs from May 4-10. There are lots of great children’s books that are about books, reading, and libraries. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to showcase those titles, both new and old.
Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay
Gay answers the question, “Where does a story start?” She provides information on how a book is made, and her illustrations, full of splotches of color, bits of collage, scribbles, and scratched-out words, make each spread look like a delightfully disordered work in progress.
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what. This is great kid-friendly comedy, perfect for a crowd or one-on-one sharing!
Books for Me! by Sue Fliess, illus. by Mike Laughead
This third story in the series pays tribute to the many types of books available at the library. The sing-song text and adorable illustrations create a fun story about finding just the right book.
The Boy and the Book by David Michael Slater, illus. by Bob Kolar
In this nearly wordless picture book, a young boy carelessly mishandles a library book, while the other books try to rescue their friend. We learn, though, that what drives the boy is enthusiasm and love, not malice.
Dog Loves Fairy Tales by Louise Yates
In this latest adventure, Dog and his new friend must go deep into the Enchanted Forest, full of familiar characters, to search for the witch to break the curse. Other fun titles include Dog Loves Books, Dog Loves Counting, and Dog Loves Drawing.
Don’t Turn the Page by Rachelle Burk, illus. by Julie Downing
Sammy has a dilemma. He knows that the end of the story means bedtime, but yet his curiosity about what happens next continues to get the best of him.
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll
This is an imaginative and charming tale about the joys of reading.
How the Library (not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour, illus. by Rebecca Ashdown
After taking a job at the library, Rapunzel’s life changes. This whimsical story is a fairy tale twist with a library message.
How to Bake a Book by Ella Burfoot
Through rhyming text and brightly colored illustrations, readers are introduced to the ingredients of a story. Overall, this is a fun and clever concept.
Inside This Book: (Are Three Books) by Barney Saltzberg
Three siblings create three books of their own using blank paper that they bind together (in descending sizes to match birth order). One sibling’s work inspires the next, and so on, with each book’s text and art mirroring the distinct interests and abilities of its creator. Upon completion of their works, the siblings put one book inside the other, creating a new book to be read and shared by all, because after all, books are better when they are shared.
A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton
Mouse works hard to persuade gruff-but-lovable bear to become a library user. Bear’s grouchiness and Mouse’s exuberance come through in Denton’s expressive illustrations. The hooray-for-books message comes through as well!
Look! by Jeff Mack
Using only two words, Mack conveys an array of emotions, including excitement, surprise, anger, and sadness as he tells the story of an attention-loving gorilla, a television-loving boy, and a friendship that develops over books. This is a fun read-aloud that will have children wanting to look and look again!
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
The Midnight Library is a little unusual – it is only open from midnight to dawn, serves animal patrons, and is staffed by a little girl librarian with pigtails and her three assistant owls. The illustrations, which look like wood-block prints, feature just three colors: black, gold, and blue. This is a cozy and charming read, perfect for bedtime.
Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Ryland, illus. by Arthur Howard
In this latest in the beginning reader series, Mr. Putter and Tabby go on their most exciting adventure yet: a trip to the library for a special “read with your pet” storytime.
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
A boy’s search for the perfect pet leads him to the bookstore, where he finds a bright red book that becomes his best friend.
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop
Red Knit Cap Girl and her woodland friends turn a nook under a tree into a library. Stoop’s illustrations are interesting in that they are done on plywood whose grain shows subtly under the art.
This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne
In this interactive picture book, Bella’s dog disappears into the gutter (where two pages meet) of the book. Other characters come to help but are also consumed by the book. But when the reader is asked to turn the book and shake it, order is restored. This is a fun read which allows children the chance to participate actively with the story.
Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book by Alice Kuipers, illus. by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Twins, Violet and Victor, collaborate in writing an original story about a “book-eating monster.” The story is entertaining, and likely to inspire readers to try putting their own stories together.
Where are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
This book provides a perfect introduction to the concept of libraries for the youngest readers. The artwork is brightly colored and expressive and works well with the text.
Favorites from the Past
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
Book by George Ella Lyon, illus. by Peter Catalanatto
The Book Boat’s In by Cynthia Cotten, illus. by Frané Lessac
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss, illus. by Tiphanie Beeke
Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day by Pat Mora, illus. by Rafael López
A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt, illus. by Sarah Wilkins
A Book is Just like You! All about the Parts of a Book by Kathleen Fox, illus. by John Wallace
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt, illus. by Sarah Massini
Bookspeak! Poems about Books by Laura Purdie Salas, illus. by Josée Bisaillon
But, Excuse Me, That is My Book by Lauren Child
Check it out! The Book about Libraries by Gail Gibbons
Comin’ Down to Storytime by Rob Reid, illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott
D.W.’s Library Card by Marc Brown
Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail
Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh, illus. by Anne Wilsdorf
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss
The Library by Sarah Stewart, illus. by David Small
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams, illus. by Steven Kellogg
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illus. by Kevin Hawkes
Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn, illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner, illus. by Michael Emberley
My Book Box by Will Hillenbrand
No T. Rex in the Library by Toni Buzzeo, illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
Read it, Don’t Eat it! by Ian Schoenherr
Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Lynn Munsinger
Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, illus. by Raul Colón
When Will I Read? by Miriam Cohen, illus. by Lillian Hoban
Wild about Books by Judy Sierra, illus. by Marc Brown