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Cybils Nominees ABC Giveaway: The Letter L

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Library Mouse: A World to Explore
by Daniel Kirk

Library Mouse: A World to ExploreHey, Library Mouse has a friend! And she’s a cutie. As he’s looking over the bookshelves, she’s parachuting from the high shelves. She knows about adventure, he knows about research, and together they bring out the best in each other. Incorporated into the story are messages about the value of research and books, certainly, but also about the value of getting outside the comfort zone and exploring the world around us. This may be one of the first picture books I’ve read where I’m primed for the sequel with the line, “‘We didn’t have to leave the library,’ Sarah said with a twinkle in her eye, ‘but just think of the books you could write if you really got to see the world! What do you say we take a little research trip?’” Whoa, slow down, honey. You just met the boy. Kidding — it’s a cute book illustrated with the great Kirk style.
I don’t have a way to give this book with a present, though I do think that it would make a good gift to your school or preschool library. Look for more Ways to Give a Picture Book or over a hundred other Ways to Give a Book this holiday season.
The Letter L

Book: Leonardo the Terrible Monster, by Mo Willems

Book: Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers, or Russell and the Lost Treasure, by Rob Scotton

Rhyme: “Little Bo Peep”

Book: One Little Lamb, by Elaine Greenstein

Song: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Book: Lizzy’s Do’s and Don’ts, by Jessica Harper, or Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen (better for older preschoolers and up)

Book: Ladybug Girl, by David Soman, or The Grouchy Ladybug, by Eric Carle

Song: “Ladybug’s Picnic”
Whenever I come to the letter L, I have to face that strange ladybug rhyme. I mean, “Your house is on fire”? What is that all about? So instead, I’m substituting this Sesame Street song, which pokes fun of the rhyme with its line “They talked about the high price of furniture and rugs and fire insurance for ladybugs.” (Watch and learn the song below.)

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LifeLongLearner said...

How about "Llama Llama Holiday Drama".

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670011614
ISBN-13: 978-0670011612

---Margo in a Virginia library

Lawral the Librarian said...

I love love love the Ladybug Girl books! The first one will always be my favorite, but the most recent one, Ladybug Girl at the Beach, was also great! And it looks like there are at least 2 more on the way!

Karen said...

"Llama, Llama Red Pajama" (and the other Llama, Llama books by Dewdney) is great as is Is Your Mama a Llama by Guarino.

p.s. I love these alphabet posts. Can't wait to use these ideas in my storytimes!

Anonymous said...

Ladybug Girl books are just the best! We don't have any lions yet, so here's Lavi the Lion Finds His Pride by Linda Dickerson.

Lavi leaves his pride (family) to find his new home and pride and has a wonderful adventure on the way! It is fun to read aloud slowly and talk about what's happening on the page. There is great factual information from the Pittsburgh Zoo about lions in the back, too.

Sarah said...


Totally joking! It almost hurt me to write that. I think parents would pass out and die if I broke down and read it. (No offense...it just creeps me out a little. Well... a lot.)

I do love Leonardo and Library Lion. I use Library Lion when kids come to the library for a field trip. It goes over like gangbusters.

Bridget R. Wilson said...

How about Larabee by Kevin Luthhart, Lola Loves Stories by Anita McQuinn (I really like this one!), Looking for Luna by Myer, or Lost and Found by Jeffer?

patricia said...

Oh, what a delightful trip down memory lane. I haven't seen that ladybug animation for a very long time. Thanks!

Suzanne Casamento said...

I haven't been by in forever - I LOVE what you're doing. I'm blanking on an L book, but yay for all the fun!

cotonmom said...

These posts are fabulous - Can't forget Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber

Charlotte said...

I like Library Mouse too! Maybe it could be given with a blank book? Or something like the Adventures in Cartooning Activity book, where the reader finishes the stories?

Storied Cities said...

I was also thinking about the Llama Llama books.

Kristen said...

Little Quack's New Friend is also a great one! :)

wmmahaney said...

I have three favorites for the letter L.
Little Bear
The Little Engine that Could
The Little House

Z-Kids said...

I love "Ladybug Picnic"!

Lots of "Little ___" books out there... Hoot, Oink, Pea, Bear, Quack... My favorite is Renata Liwska's "Little Panda."