Books About Books & Reading K-2


“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
– Jacqueline Kennedy

""The Wonderful Book Leonid Gore.  Scholastic Press, 2010.
Various forest animals discover a book in the woods.  They use it for a house, hat, table, bed until a boy finds it and shares the wonderful stories inside.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Biblioburro : A True Story from Colombia.  Jeanette Winter.  Beach Lane Books, 2010.
Luis has a house filled with books.  In 2000 he decided he needed to share his books with children and adults in isolated villages.  He and his 2 burros go to the hills every weekend where 300 people wait anxiously to borrow books.  He started with 70 books, but with generous donations, now has 4,800 books.  One person can make such a huge difference!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Busing Brewster.  Richard Michelson.  Knopf, 2010.
Taking place in Boston, 1974, Brewster are his brother are bussed to the white school across town.  They spend the first day in detention in the library.  The librarian is welcoming, friendly and encouraging.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade


The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town.  Mary Casanova.  Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011.
Everyone is on edge when outlaw, Dirk Yeller comes to town.  He’s looking for somethin’ to calm his “itchin and-a-twitchin,” jumpin and rattlin.’  A small boy takes him to the library where the charming librarian finds just the right book.  A blast to read-aloud!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Dog Loves Books  Louise Yates.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Dog loves books so much that he decides to open a bookstore.
When no one comes he gets lost in reading.  At last, a customer comes.  His reading experience enables him to help find just the right book.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit.  Catherine Rayner.  Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2010.
No matter how hard he tries, Ernest just can’t fit on the pages of this book.  After several attempts, his little chipmunk friend comes up with an idea.  He gathers patterned paper and masking tape and together they create a gatefold for the last page.  At last, Ernest fits!  Kids will enjoy verbs such as “shimmy, shift, shuffle, squidge, squodge and squeeze.”  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Finding Lincoln.  Ann Malaspina.  Albert Whitman, 2009.
Whites only signs are everywhere in 1950’s Alabama, including the public library.  One understanding librarian lets Louis in after hours so he can get the book he needs to do a school report on Abraham Lincoln.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


Goin’ Someplace Special.  Pat McKissack.  Atheneum, 2001.
One of the few integrated places in this 1950s southern town is the public library. A girl convinced she is old enough to go there on her own encounters many segregation obstacles on the way.  The girl’s mama refers to the library as “a doorway to freedom”.   Based on the author’s personal experience in 1950’s Nashville.  Picture Book
Read-aloud 1st-5th grade

How Rocket Learned to Read.  Tad Hills.  Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010.
A very endearing story about a little yellow bird who teaches the adorable dog, Rocket how to read.  Sure to be a hit with students, teachers, and parents.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



I Am the Book : Poems.  Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins.  Holiday House, 2011.
A great collection of 13 poems, old and mostly new, celebrating the adventures you can have with books.  The thirteen well-known poets include Jane Yolen, and Karla Kuskin.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


Library Lily.  Gillian Shields.  Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2011.
From the day Lily learns to read and visits the library, she is obsessed with reading every minute of the day.  Then she meets Milly who hates reading but loves playing and adventure.  Together they find that you can enjoy both.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Library Mouse:  A World to Explore.  Daniel Kirk.  Abrams, 2010.
One night, Sam meets Sarah, a mouse who lives on the other side of the library.  Sarah prefers exploring first hand, while Sam would rather research and write about places he’d like to visit.  Sarah helps Sam conquer his fear of heights while Sam shows Sarah the adventures one can have by reading books.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale.  Danile Kirk.  Abrams, 2009.
In this sequel to Library Mouse, a shy boy discovers that the mystery author is a mouse.
Together, they write and illustrate a story.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Listen to the Wind:  The Story of Dr. Greg and the Three Cups of Tea.  Greg Mortenson.  Dial, 2009.
Mortenson’s inspiring story in picture book form tells how he promised to build a school in a remote Himalayan village after the villagers saved his life.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-6th grade


Lola Loves Stories.  Anna McQuinn.  Charlesbridge, 2010.
Lola goes to the library every Saturday with her dad to choose books.  Throughout the week family members read to her and Lola becomes inspired to play by acting out the characters in the various stories.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Max’s Words Kate Banks.  Frances Foster Books, 2006.
Max’s brothers collect stamps and coins.  Max decides to collect words by cutting them from magazines and newspapers. His brothers become interested and together they arrange the words into sentences and stories.  Ahh, the power of words!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-4th grade

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t).  Barbara Bottner.  Random House, 2010.
School librarian, Miss Brooks, works hard to convince a first grader that books are great.  We have all known lots of reluctant readers.  Thankfully, Miss Brooks does not give up.
Read-aloud 1st-2nd grade


Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile Gloria Houston.  HarperCollins, 2011.
The author tells this story from her childhood, based on the librarian who came to rural North Carolina and enriched the lives of the residents with her dedication and service.  This book is particularly poignant to me because growing up in the Yakima Valley (1958-1963), we excitedly waited for the bookmobile to park in front of our rural school once a month.  One person can make a huge difference in the lives of so many!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

Miss Smith and the Haunted Library.  Michael Garland.  Dutton, 2009.
When Miss Smith’s class goes on a field trip to the library, the librarian, Virginia Creeper, reads tot hem from the Incredible Storybook.  Picture Book.  Other Miss Smith books include: Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook, Miss Smith Reads Again, and Miss Smith Under the Ocean.
Read-aloud 2nd-3rd grade


Mr. George Baker.  Amy Hest.  Candlewick, 2007.
An 100 year old jazz musician and a first grade boy form a special bond.  They are both going to school to learn to read.  A powerful message simply told.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade


The Plot Chickens Mary Jane and Herm Auch.  Holiday House, 2009.
Henrietta the chicken loves to read and decides to write a book.  When she finally gets it published, she is devastated by the bad reviews.  Loaded with insights into the writing process.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-4th grade

Poindexter Makes a Friend.  Mike Twohy.  Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Poindexter the Pig is too shy to make friends.  He prefers reading to his stuffed animals and helping out at the library.  A shy turtle comes to the library looking for a book on making friends.  The librarian asks Poindexter to help him.  A warm friendship begins to blossom.  Heart warming!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Push Button.  Aliki.  Greenwillow, 2010.
It is amazing how much technology a pre-schooler has access too.  It seems like a great thing until his finger becomes sore.  He searches out other fun things to do with his including looking at books.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Read It, Don’t Eat It!  Ian Schoenherr.  Greenwillow, 2009.
Animals humorously demonstrate 15 rules for taking care of books.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


The Red Book.  Barbara Lehman.  Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
A wordless book about the power of story to transport us anywhere.  A girl in winter in a big city finds a red book in the snow.  The books pictures show her a boy in a tropical paradise.  He also has a red book and sees her.  Helium balloons take the girl away, but she drops the book.  Who will pick it up next?
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Ron’s Big Mission.  Rose Blue.  Dutton, 2009.
Based on the childhood experiences of astronaut Ron McNair who at age nine walked into his local public library to get a library card so he can check out books.  This was prohibited in 1959, but Ron wouldn’t budge.  The police were called.  Finally, the head librarian agreed.  His favorite books–aviation!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade


Sue MacDonald Had a Book.  Jim Tobin.  Henry Holt, 2009.
As Sue is enjoying her book, the vowels jump off the page and run away one by one.  Now the words don’t make sense, so the chase is on.  Picture Book.
Read or sing-aloud K-2nd grade

Tell the Truth, B. B. Wolf.  Judy Sierra.  Knopf, 2010.
Big Bad Wolf is retired.  When he is invited to tell his story, he is forced to face the truth about what he did to the Three Little Pigs.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade



Too Many Frogs.  Sandy Ashler.  Scholastic, 2006.
Rabbit loves reading by the fire, until he is interrupted by a visit from Froggie who invites himself in and asks to hear the story.  He returns every evening, bringing more frogs.  When he shows up with the whole family, Rabbit puts his foot down and refuses.  He soon finds that shared reading is more fun.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Up the Learning Tree Marcia K. Vaughan.  Lee & Low Books, 2003.
A big favorite of mine and students.  A slave boy risks serious punishment to learn to read and write, which costs Miss Hattie her job.  It evokes courage, hope and the power of literacy.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-6th grade


Waiting for Biblioburro.  Monica Brown.  Tricycle Press, 2011.
Inspired by the real life librarian, Luis Sariano Bohorquez, who uses his two donkeys to deliver books to children who live in the remote villages of Colombia, Ana loves to read, but their village no longer has a teacher and Ana owns only one book.  It is an exciting day when the Biblioburro comes to her village.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Wild About Books.  Judy Sierra.  Knopf, 2004.
Molly McGrew accidentally drives her bookmobile to the zoo.  She reads-aloud, attracting the animals who are soon going wild over books.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Wolf!  Becky Bloom.  Orchard Books, 1999.
Wolf is intimidated by a farm of educated animals.  He learns to read with style and voice to impress the literate farm animals.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

Yasmin’s Hammer.  Ann Malaspina.  Lee and Low Books, 2010.
After their home is destroyed by a cyclone, a family moves to Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Everyone must work to survive, including the two young girls.  Yasmin, the oldest, dreams of going to school, but instead, she and her sister must use hammers to chip bricks so they can be made into concrete for construction.  Yasmin works so hard that the boss gives her extra coins.  She uses them to buy a book even though she cannot read.  At last the parents decide that it is time for the girls to enter school.  A touching and inspiring look at a country where half the population lives in poverty.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-5th grade

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