18. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Topics: libraries, librarians, lions, rules, work, volunteering, books, storytime, breaking the rules
Units of Study: Fantasy, Character
Tribes: attentive listening, personal best, mutual respect, appreciations/no putdowns
Reading Skills: inference, prediction, making connections
Writing Skills: using interesting verbs (ex. padded instead of walked)
My Thoughts: This book is obviously a good book to read before a trip to the public library. By focusing on the actions of the lion, the reader is also getting to know the features of a public library, such as storytime, new books, the circulation desk, etc. The story highlights the importance and reciprocal benefits of volunteering. Library Lion is also a good read aloud for reviewing agreements and rules in the classroom. For example, to model attentive listening, you could ask students to notice what the students in the illustrations are doing during storytime. Later in the book, you could discuss how the lion feels hearing all of the appreciations he is receiving. The lion in this story is so cute. I love its facial expression when he is admonished by Miss Merriweather.