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Happy National Library Week!

Today marks the beginning of National Library Week 2011. First celebrated in 1958 to promote library use and support as well as to celebrate libraries and librarians, this year’s theme is  “Create your own story @ your library®.”  Libraries all over the countries have planned a wide variety of activities for this week, but one staple — at least for the public library — is preschool storytime.

I always enjoy pulling together materials for storytime. Since I enjoy presenting thematically-based storytimes, this allows me an opportunity to peruse both classic as well as new materials on a particular topic.   I generally encourage a great deal of freedom in storytime, and support the kids in helping to decide the books we will enjoy together; this means there must be a variety of books available. Some of the titles I’m considering for this week’s storytime celebration of libraries, books, and reading include:

Books with Bright and Bold Illustrations:

  • Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr (Little Brown and Company, 2005)
  • Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins (Candlewick Press, 2005)

Books with a Fun Story to Tell:

  • How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson, illustrated by David Slonim (Marshall Cavendish, 2011)
  • The Old Woman Who Loved to Read by John Winch (Holiday House, 1996)

Participation Stories:

  • Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke (Arthur A. Levine, 2001)
  • We’re Going On a Book Hunt by Pat Miller, pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott (Upstart Books, 2008)


  • I Am the Book – Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Yayo (Holiday House, 2011)

I’m also looking forward to sharing a book created by a local childcare.


Entitled Book of Book Rules, this one-of-a-kind book was developed by the preschoolers themselves with their own illustrations.



This book includes classic book care rules such as …


“Do not fight over books because they might get ripped.”






“Never use scissors to cut a book.”





“Do not throw books.”



I’m looking forward to this storytime! Maybe we’ll even enjoy a rousing version of the “Book Hokey-Pokey” or play a book matching game.  It will be a fun celebration of books, reading, and libraries.

What books will you be sharing for National Library Week storytime? Do you have other NLW activities planned?


  1. Shelf-employed

    I plan to share Emily Gravett’s, Wolves (2006), as well as Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia ( by Jeanette Winter 2010). Lola Loves Stories (2010) by Anna McQuinn is another good one, and the The Plot Chickens is a crack up for older kids. (I can’t wait to read the book of poetry you mentioned, I am the Book. I saw it at a spring book preview, but haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet.) I’m offering a family storytime and library tour, pointing out everything we offer that is of interest to young families.

  2. Mary Voors Post author

    Love your additions! Here are a few more picture books I’m considering: Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010), Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010), and How Do You Read to a Rabbit? by Andrea Wayne von Konigslow (Annick Press, 2010).

    I’ve always enjoy sharing I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel with pictures by Blanche Sims, but when I use it now, I skip the spread “I took my hen to the library, but she laid an egg in the card catalog.”

    I’d love to hear what others are using!

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