Library Mouse: A World to Explore
by Daniel Kirk
Hey, 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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