The Boy who was Raised by Librarians

February 10, 2009

librariansThis cute book from 2007 was written by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed.  I just happened to stumble upon it while browsing through the library, and of course, since it involves librarians, I had to pick it up.

The story is about Melvin who grows up going to the library every day after school.  He talks to the librarians, who he says are always happy to see him.  They help him find information, teach him about classification, help him practice lines for a play, and much more.  Melvin also mentions attending all the library programs, including the Spend the Night in the Library party.  Do some libraries really do that?

As Melvin grows up, he continues coming to the library and visiting the librarians.   This is a great book about how the library can affect kids!  This book is also great for helping kids who have library anxiety because it shows children that librarians are kind, helpful, and full of information.  One of my favorite parts is a reoccuring theme about the librarians, whether they help him find information or are proud of him when he succeeds:  “They couldn’t help it.  That’s how librarians are.”


Bats at the Library

December 23, 2008

Two batwings up for Bats at the Library, written and illustrated by Brian Lies.  It came out this year and has been on lots of best-books lists.  The story, written with fun rhythm and rhyme, is super cute:  Bats discover that a librarian has left a window open to the public library, and since they love to learn, they fly in to read books all night.  The pictures are beautiful, and there’s lots of clever literary references, particularly when the bats get “lost” in the book during storytime.

Brian Lies has several other books out, including another featuring the friendly bats – Bats at the Beach.  I will definitely be checking that one out soon!