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:
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).
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.
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.
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!