The month of September marks the celebration of “Library Card Sign-Up Month”. In September, the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all! Come on down to your local library, sign-up for a library card, and check out some of these great books about libraries.
Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home by Daniel Kirk
“Library Mouse” is about a little mouse who lives in the library named Sam. His friend Sarah lives there, too. Throughout the series, Sam and Sarah have adventures exploring the library together. The books really do a great job of getting children excited about the worlds that books can take them to in their imaginations. The other books in the series are Library Mouse, and Library Mouse: A World To Explore.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia takes everything literally, so she makes quite a few mistakes when her class takes a field trip to the class library. She dumps her drink in the book return slot, misunderstands what a “fine” is, and ends up with the wrong book. Amelia Bedelia ends up loving her new library card.
Dewey: There’s A Cat In The Library! by Vicki Myron
This picture book is a children’s version of an adult #1 New York Times Bestseller, Dewey. The book tells the true story about a kitten who was abandoned in a library book return slot in small town Iowa. Dewey is a bit mischievous but steals the hearts of the residents and library patrons. Kids will especially love the part where Dewey crams himself into a small box of scrap paper on the circulation desk counter.
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
Lola at the Library is a great choice for toddlers or younger preschoolers. Lola goes to the library with her mom every week for story time and some new books. She carefully packs her books, makes sure she has her library card, and enjoys the walk to and from the library. She even gets a treat on the way home.
D.W.’s Library Card by Marc Brown
This book is all about D.W. getting her very first library card. She works diligently to be able to write her full name so that she can get her card. Then she is so worried about damaging her borrowed book that she doesn’t even read it! Arthur sets her straight, and she is ready for more library fun. This is a cute story that captures a child’s excitement about having their own card!
Dinosaur vs. The Library by Bob Shea
Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends–a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more– to roar along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
Library Lil begins working at a small town library where eventually is able to change the town’s excessive television habit and get the residents excited about reading. When a gang of motorcycles comes to town and wants the televisions turned back on, Lil works her magic once again to turn them into readers as well.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
A gentle lion wanders into the library where he soon becomes a welcome friend and helper. He obediently follows the rules, but eventually teaches the children and librarians that occasionally rules are meant to be broken. The soft colors and sweet faces in the illustrations make the library feel like such a warm and friendly place to be!
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise tells the true story of how Anne Carroll Moore created the New York Public Library’s children’s room, which influenced children’s areas in libraries across the country. The illustrations are bright and cheerful, but the text is a bit long so this is a good choice for older preschoolers or elementary students.
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman
Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don’t do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important and some not so important library etiquette in a very entertaining way.
Check this crafty bookmark idea out by Mum in the Madhouse. These monster nose bookmarks will help hold your place in your new library books.