Children love books.
The pictures can spark imaginative ideas and the words inspire literacy. But too many times I’ve seen classrooms with just ripped and torn remnants of what was once a book. Would you want to look a book that had pages missing and no cover? Would that inspire you to read? It doesn’t do it for a child either.
A library center should be welcoming.
It should be place that a child can go sit and quietly look at a book. It should be a place that invites visitors with books that are in good condition. A well cared for book teaches children to respect them. And an engaged teacher actively guides the way a child interacts in the library corner.
Here a few library ideas. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just fun and relaxing!
Notice the labels in the area. They may not be able to read them now, but it’s important for children to see the written word and link it to their environment. It lays the ground work for literacy.
This is the book area in an infant room. It’s soft and warm and a perfect place for the teacher to hold a baby and read to them. The soft books allow them to grab and touch. Yes, even the littlest people need books!
It’s a good idea to start a book list. Back in the day, before the iPad and lap top, long before the personal computer, I created a file box for books. Each book had it’s own card with title, author, theme(s) and a little bit about the book. Each card was filed by theme in my box. Some people chose to alphabetize them by author. In this day and age, you can create the same thing using an excel spreadsheet, perfect to sort for your specific needs!
Just to get you started, here is a list of books for the fall holidays!
Leaf Hunt by Steve Metger – Three friends go looking for autumn leaves over mountains and forests
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell – Picking apples and finding the perfect pumpkin – great story and beautiful pictures
Mouskin’s Golden house by Edna Miller (sadly, out of print) – Mouskin looks for a place to hibernate and finds a discarded Jack-o-latern. She nests inside and, as it begins to decay, it shrinks around her making a perfect winter home.
Pete the Cat’s Thanksgiving – by James Dean – Although nervous about getting on stage, Pete makes the Thanksgiving story fun!
A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting – Mr. Moose goes out to find a Thanksgiving Turkey – what Turkey doesn’t know is that he is the guest, not the main dish
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz – A story of rejection – a twist on the ugly duckling. All the other pumpkins get chosen from the pumpkin patch except the ugly pumpkin. It turns out, he’s not a pumpkin at all – Oh my gosh! I’m a squash!
Booklist Spreadsheet – Here is a downloadable spreadsheet to start your own booklist!