More Great Books About Books and Reading!

This wonderful selection of picture books will make you and your students smile, think and appreciate the value of literacy.


Can I Bring Woolly to the Library, Ms. Reeder?  Lois G. Grambling.  Charlesbridge, 2012.
A young boy tries to convince Ms Reeder, the librarian, that bringing his woolly mammoth friend to the public library would benefit everyone.  Great illustrations add to the humor and chaos.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud  K-2nd grade



A Donkey Reads.  Muriel Mandell.  Star Bright Books, 2011.
In this adaptation of a Turkish folktale, a greedy Mongol tyrant demands gifts from everyone in the village.  When a poor man offers his old donkey, he is ordered to be beaten, until the village wise man intercedes, claiming he can teach the donkey to read.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  William Joyce.  Atheneum, 2012.
The movie and apps usually follow the publishing of a book, but in this case it is just the opposite.  Joyce won an academy award in 2011 for animated short film.  Now we have the book.  After a tornado transports book lover and writer Morris to a dreary, far-off land, he finds an abandoned library.  The books care for and protect him as he ages and finds the ability to write again.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade

How to Teach a Slug to Read.  Susan Pearson.  Marshall Cavendish, 2011.
The ten rules for teaching a little slug how to read work equally well on human children.
The funny artwork will engage kids and adults.  I especially like the page with the slug version of of popular books, such as The Snail in the Hat, Go Slug, Go and Where the Wild Slugs Are.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade


I Will Not Read This Book.  Cece Meng.  Clarion Books, 2011.
A young boy describes an elaborate scenario to avoid reading before bed, but finally gives in to the joy of reading with a parent.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


The Lonely Book.  Kate Bernheimer.  Random House, 2012.
A once popular book becomes old and worn, living a lonely life in the library until a girl discovers it an checks it out.  She falls in love with the book.  After she returns it, the book ends up in the library basement waiting for the used book sale.  The girl rediscovers the book just in the nick of time.  The soft texture of the illustrations add to the understated emotion of the story.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Otto the Book Bear.  Katie Cleminson.  Disney/Hyperion, 2012.
Ott is a bear who lives inside a picture book.  He is happiest when the book is being read. He likes to climb out of the book and go exploring when no one is looking.  When the family moves away and accidentally leaves the book behind, Otto packs his book bag and searches for a new home.  Can you guess where he ends up?  A sweet celebration of books and libraries.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

What Are You Doing?  Elisa Amado.  Groundwood Books, 2011.
On the morning before his first day of school, Chepito finds people all over his neighborhood engaged in some type of reading.  He repeatedly asks “why” to try and delay going to school.  When he gets to school, he is delighted with all the books he sees.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Yoko Learns to Read.  Rosemary Wells.  Hyperion, 2012.
Yoko feels behind the other kids who are learning to read.  She has only 3 books at home and they are in Japanese.  Yoko succeeds witth he help of her teacher and the school librarian.  Ahhh…..   Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade
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