For Parents

Reading Ready Time! Books and Libraries

10/01/2021 | Online Storytime, Reading Ready

We love all books and we cannot lie! These stories are double favorites - books about books and books about libraries, because we love both! Have you ever wondered how a book gets on the shelf at the library? In this video, join Shael on a virtual visit to the library to see what it's all about, inside, outside, and behind the scenes!

Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen, is one of our all-time favorite stories to share with children about libraries. The lion's favorite thing is storytime. He likes it so much he ROOOOARS in protest when it is over! Some kids do that too! Ha! You can listen to Mindy Sterling read Library Lion right now!

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After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • Did you think the librarian was going to say the lion had to leave the library?
  • How did people react when they first saw the lion in the library?
  • What are some of the library rules Miss Merriweather is particular about? Does your library have the same rules?
  • What kinds of things does the lion start to do to help out?
  • What was the lion trying to say when he roared during storytime?

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Children love substitution stories like this one when someone or something unlikely, like an animal or a robot or an alien, drops into regular life like it happens all the time. In this story the lion does exactly what children do. He makes mistakes until he learns the rules and he wants to keep doing what he likes. The funny parts happen when he acts how a lion would, like roaring loudly when he is disappointed that story time is over. (Tip: another very funny substitution story is called We don't Eat Our Classmates about a dinosaur who goes to school and has to learn the rules.)

Click on one of the book covers below to listen to more library stories read aloud.

Library LionWaiting for the BiblioburroR is for RocketLlama Llama Loves to ReadThe Book With No PicturesLove You, Hug You, Read to You!The Not So Quiet LibraryRead the Book, LemmingsEveryoneReadsIReadEverywhereWe Love the Library

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Enjoy a whole album of songs from the New York Public Library called NYPL Sings.

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Find some crayons or makers to color a picture, practice writing the letters, or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.

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Gather some stuffed toys (a lion if you have one!) or dolls and have a storytime of your own at home. Make pretend library cards for each of them. Read them one of your favorite books from home or from the Library.

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Loving Books and Libraries with Mixed Media

Take your love of reading and libraries into all kinds of new formats. With classic books, games, videos, and even mundane tools like Google Maps, you can bring reading to life in all kinds of new ways. Young kids will love seeing their favorite stories told in sign. Even better, though, they'll love to tour places like the New York Public Library without needing to step away from the computer. #indyplkids IndyPL_JosephL

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