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Title: B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet
Author/ Illustrator: Anita C. Prieto/ Renee Graef
Publishing info: Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Series: Alphabet Books
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (January 1, 2007)
Theme: Library, books, history, nonfiction, alphabet
Summary: From Amazon “Libraries, like books and kids, come in all shapes and sizes and are as individual as every story and freckled face. Readers will learn about Kenya’s Camel Library Service, Zimbabwe’s Donkey Libraries, and Northern Europe’s Book Boats. There is so much to discover and celebrate about the history and inner workings of our community libraries — How do libraries keep track of all the volumes? Where was the first library and who was its first librarian? How many miles of books are housed in the Library of Congress? And what is the scriptoria?”
First three sentences: “A is for Author. There are thousands of books on the library shelves, just waiting for you and me. They were written by people who love to create. Do you know who those people might be?”
Resources and Activities: For a different perspective than mine here is what the School Library Journal has to say : Kindergarten-Grade 3–Prieto uses the alphabet format to introduce children to library terminology and history and the history of books. Unfortunately, the book is dry and boring. The text is awkward, and the rhythm is jerky. For example: G is for Gutenberg/Would you like to copy your history book,/ all 322 pages?/That’s what you’d do if you were a scribe/and lived in the Middle Ages. Also some of the words the author chose to represent certain letters make little sense. For C, she uses Library Card, and for N, she uses Call Number. Blocks of dense text at an older reading level go into more detail about the topic related to each letter’s page. The pictures depict happy- or dreamy-looking children enjoying books and libraries. Suzanne Williams’s Library Lil (Dial, 1997), Carmen Agra Deedy’s The Library Dragon (Peachtree, 1994), and Julie Cummins’s The Inside-Outside Book of Libraries (Dutton, 1996) introduce children to books and libraries in a more interesting and entertaining manner.–Heather Ver Voort, Wilson Middle School, Natick, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.”
Book guides and author interviews are here :
One thing that would be fun to do with kids is make your own book starting with a story and then drawing the illustrations. While this is time consuming it would be a great hands on teaching tool. If this was done in a library setting one could show off these books on the top of shelves and stacks.
Why I Love this book: I chose this Picture Book because of the title. I knew I would love it from that. I call myself a bookworm author because those are two of my favorite things to do. This book has a rhyming text all about libraries and also an exposition in the sidebars, with all kinds of delicious information about libraries, one of my favorite places. So what is not to love?
Then when I opened the book, “A is for Author. “ The very first sentence sent me into spasms of delight. And the first illustration to go with that text was one of the author!! I am sure she loved that.
I Love picture books with side bar expositions, full of detailed info expanding your knowledge of what the main text is about. And B is for Bookworms is full of my favorite information – all about books. So yes, I love this book and name it Perfect Picture Book of the day, Friday!!
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