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Hooray for September!

Why is September so awesome? September means the start of a new year: new teachers, new friends, and new and exciting things to learn and do.  September also brings cooler weather (hopefully!), fall fruits (APPLES!), and also…..National Library Card Sign Up Month!

While libraries celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month in different ways, a quick and ideal way is to read aloud and/or display terrific books about libraries.  Although I’ve blogged about National Library Card Sign Up Month in the past, I thought it would be fun to update the list to include those fun and informative library-themed books published since September 2011:



(image courtesy of Sierra catalog)

As a fan of Bob Shea’s Dinosaur vs. — series (and of Bob Shea’s books in general), I was delighted to find this fiesty little dinosaur discovering the library.  As can be expected, typical dinosaur behavior is not encouraged in the library, especially during….STORY TIME, where dinosaur meets his match (in a very dramatic fashion, as he does in his other stories).  Be ready to put on your best dinosaur roar (and to have your audience break into spontaneous roars). 




(image courtesy of Sierra catalog).

Published in 2012, this nonfiction account of how Library of Alexandria staff members, patrons, students, and street protestors joined hands and encircled the library in order to protect the library’s treasures is a moving tribute to this spontaneous demonstration. 


(image courtesy of Sierra catalog)

It’s not necessary to be familiar with Lottie Paris before reading this second entry in the series (although you’ll want to read Lottie Paris Lives Here immediately after making her acquaintance in this story). Lottie Paris is on her way to the library with her beloved Papa Pete to read about dinosaurs. Not only does she find some awesome books about dinosaurs, but she also makes a new friend (who loves to read about space).  This is a great reminder about the fun entailed in library visits, as well as a few simple and child-friendly rules about the library.  


(image courtesy of Sierra catalog)

Bookmobiles are fun and necessary treasures for many communities, whether they are four wheeled or four legged.  Ana’s joy when the biblioburro arrives in her Colombian community is infectious; she loves books so much that she’s determined to write her own until the biblioburro returns for another visit.  Inspired by real-life biblioburro librarian Luis Soriano, this is an eye-opening and heartwarming look at a unique library service.


What are your favorite books about libraries and librarians? Tell us about them in the comments!



  1. Rebecca Zarazan Dunn

    I have a couple favorites to add to the mix!
    Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
    Book! Book! Book! By Deborah Brass, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
    Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough, illustrated by Debby Atwell.

    Happy September everyone 🙂

  2. Julie Bowers

    I love “Library Lion” by Michelle Knudsen. It’s such a sweet story. A little long for preschoolers, but I read it often when classrooms visit the library.

  3. Kelly Doolittle

    I also love Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss. (that’s Bruss with a “u” if you want to look it up – darn auto-correct!) and another favorite is The Best Book to Get by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom; illustrated by Michael Garland. We have a neat little mobile theater which we use for this book with cute props & puppets to help the book come alive.
    September is also National Chicken Month, (among many other perhaps more worthy themes…) but you can’t beat chickens for funny picture books! Think: The Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato; illustrations by Delphine Durand, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, and Beautiful Yetta by Daniel Pinkwater; illustrations by Jill Pinkwater – in Yiddish and Hebrew as well as English – perfect for the Jewish holidays! There are many, many others.
    Thank you for the reminder about National Library Card Sign Up Month! Can’t wait to get the display up! (Maybe just a few chicken books around the edges…)

  4. Kelly Doolittle

    Sorry – that’s The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram – can’t blame auto-correct for that one!

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