Sunday, May 9, 2010

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't) by Barbara Bottner

There's no other way to say it: Miss Brooks loves books! She loves reading books, she loves sharing books, she even loves dressing up like book characters! One little girl, though, does not understand what's so great about books. She hasn't found a story that she loves - and when she has to do a book report in front of the class, she doesn't know what to do. Will she ever find a book that she likes?

This is a wonderful story about a reluctant young reader and an enthusiastic librarian. The message, that there's a book out there for everyone, is a really important one, especially for children who haven't found theirs yet (and their parents). The language in the book is wonderful - great vocabulary words.
This book has gotten handed around from person to person by everyone I know who has read it, usually with a recommendation of "You HAVE to read this." The Michael Emberley illustrations are a perfect counterpoint to Barbara Bottner's great story. If you're looking for gift for your favourite school teacher, librarian, book seller, or book lover, this should be #1 on your list.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Shrek! by William Steig
Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla D. Morris

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