Monday, May 24, 2010

24th May Australian Library and Information Week

This is a week when librarians can shamelessly push the value of libraries and teacher librarians can jump up and down about what they have to offer their staff, children and parents. Each year there is a theme, this year, Access All Areas, which is to remind users that libraries do much more than provide books!

While the library I work in does that too, offer more than books, I use this week with my prep children to revisit and display many of the wonderful books which are about libraries, set in a library or which stress the value of reading. There are so many good books that do this. These are just a few that I think are worthwhile additions to any library:

ABC Letters in the Library by Bonnie Farmer and Chum McLeod
This is an alphabet book that I have used to make posters.
Examples are:
I Information flows freely in and out of the internet.
L A librarian's friendship leaves lasting impressions.

The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
This book is based on the true life of a librarian in Iraq who went to great lengths to save the books in her library during the invasion of Iraq.

Miss Smith and the Haunted Library by Michael Garland
There are now three books about Miss Smith, the sort of teacher every child deserves. She really (literally) brings books to life.

Little Red Fish by Taeeun Yoo
This beautiful book is set in a library. JeJe goes to work with his grandfather who is a librarian and amazing things happen. This book leaves you feeling totally awestruck both by its beauty and ideas.

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