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!
After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.
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.)
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Enjoy a whole album of songs from the New York Public Library called NYPL Sings.
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.
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.
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
You can never go wrong with everyone's favorite monkey! In this story George makes his usual mischief in the local library.
From pirates to knights and cowboys, the books this little mouse reads makes his playtime more fun.
A cute and colorful anthem to bookworms everywhere full of wonderful illustrations.