Please Bury Me in the Library (By J. Patrick Lewis; Illustrated by Kyle M. Stone) - Library poetry! Metaphors, 'punny' language, lots of bouncy rhyming verse and a variety of poetic forms (acrostic, haiku, free verse) take the reader on a journey through words and books. I can't resist sharing my favorite in its entirety:
What If Books Had Different Names?
What if books had different names
Like Alice in ... Underland?
Babar the Beaver, and
A Visit from Saint Tickle Us,
Or Winnie-the-Pooh Pooh-Poohs,
The Walrus and the Carp and Her,
The Emperor Has No Clues,
Or Mary Had a Little Clam,
And how about Green Eggs and Spam?
Well, surely you can think of one.
Oh, what extraordinary, merry
The Library Pages (By Carlene Morton; Illustrated by Valeria Docampo) - The Library Pages are not in books, as you would imagine. They are library helpers who are keeping the library in order while their beloved school librarian is on maternity leave. At least that's what she thinks. When she pops in a DVD they sent her, she nearly faints. The books are rearranged, paint is everywhere, and the kids decided checking out books was a waste of time because kids are honest, right? The clever illustrations add a great perspective to this story, giving it the feel of a home movie.
No T. Rex in the Library (By Toni Buzzeo; Illustrate by Sachiko Yoshikawa) - Tess is in time-out at the library when she knocks over some books and "Roar!" Tess is riding a T. Rex through the children's room! As books tumble to the floor, other characters come to life. Tess and T. Rex have to escape knights, pirates, and cowboys. But when T. Rex tries to escape planet Earth altogether, Tess puts him in time-out. It's back to his book for him! A rollicking, imaginative adventure!
When the Library Lights Go Out (By Megan McDonald; Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson) - In the tradition of toys coming to life after dark, two storyhour puppets, Rabbit and Lion, go on a library adventure to find their friend Hermit Crab. The story is driven by the characters' imaginations, preoccupations, and perspectives. Finally, they fall asleep under the stars (which are nametags hanging from the children's room ceiling).
Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! (By Vicki Myron and Bret Witter; Illustrated by Steve James) - A kitten in a library book return? The librarian takes him and and he becomes Dewey Readmore Books, the Library Cat. Based on a true story, this endearing picture book is by the same author team that brought us the New York Times Bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. Now children can enjoy the story, too.