A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books

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.


01any_questionsAny 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 Pictures02book_nopics 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.



06don'tturnDon’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.



07duncanDuncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll

This is an imaginative and charming tale about the joys of reading.





08rapunzelHow 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 Book09bakebook 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.




10insideInside 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.


11librarybookbearA 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!



13midnightlibraryThe 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.



14mrputterMr. 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.



15mypetbookMy 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.




16redknitRed 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.




17bookatedogThis 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.



18bookwormViolet 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

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