It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
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On September 2012, we launched our theme on Books about Books and the River of Words. (Wow! Has it been that long already?) The two titles I have with me today will make a great addition to the growing pool of children’s books about books and reading. Both stories feature girls after my own heart. Hope they find their way to yours!
The Midnight Library
Author/Illustrator: Kazuno Kohara
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (2014)
From the creator of Ghosts in the House! comes this adorable story of a little girl who is in charge of a library. Every night, animals all over town come and visit the Midnight Library. The little librarian helps these animals find the perfect books with the help of her three assistant owls.
No matter how busy the library is, one always finds it to be a quiet place. That is, until some squirrels, a wolf, and a tortoise show up and cause some disturbance. Luckily, the little librarian knows exactly what to do to restore peace and quiet in the Midnight Library!
One by one, the animals left the Midnight Library. All except one new visitor…
A tortoise, reading slowly in a corner. And he would NOT move!
“I must stay until I finish reading this book,” said the tortoise. “I only have 500 pages left!”
Kazuno Kohara’s The Midnight Library makes for a great bedtime story. It’s perfect for kids ages 3-6. The book nurtures children’s love for reading. It also gives a short background on different services that a library offers such as providing an activity room, hosting story times, and encouraging people to get a library card so they could borrow library materials for free!
As someone who also works at the library, this book holds a special place in my heart. I believe that #LibrariesTransform. Unfortunately, it seems like having access to public libraries is a privilege nowadays. I do hope that more places would consider funding a local library.
Waiting for the Biblioburro
Author: Monica Brown
Illustrator: John Parra
Publisher: Tricycle Press (2011)
This masterpiece by Monica Brown and John Parra is another marvelous picturebook that every bibliófilo needs to add to their shelves! Waiting for the Biblioburro tells the story of a little girl named Ana who loves to read. Before Ana’s teacher moved to a different town, she gave Ana a book. Ana has read the book so many times that she knew the words by heart. She loved the book but she wanted to read more! It seemed impossible now that her teacher had left!
One lucky morning, Ana woke up to the sound of hooves. She went outside to find a most wonderful thing: two burros carrying books! The man riding one of the burros introduced himself as a bibliotecario — a librarian — and he invited Ana and the other children in the barrio to pick a book to read.
Waiting for the Biblioburro is inspired by the true story of a teacher-librarian from Colombia named Luis Soriano and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto (aptly named because the words, when combined, means alphabet in English). This should serve as an inspiration to places that do not have public libraries. After all, if people couldn’t go to a library, why not take the books to them instead?
Here are some resources you may want to check out:
- EL Education provides a classroom curriculum for Waiting for the Biblioburro.
- Ebook Friendly and Lifehack will show you the wonderfully weird and most extraordinary libraries around the world.
- American Libraries gives a snapshot of bookmobiles in the U.S.