I love reading books to little kiddos. And I love libraries. So it will probably come as no surprise that I have some favorite books that I read to little ones that are about libraries and books. If you like reading about reading or libraries, you may enjoy these as well.
Elizabeth Brown loves to read. She reads and reads and reads. But as she continues to collect books to read, she realizes that she has an overwhelming collection and she must do something! Find out what Elizabeth Brown does in this charming picture book.
Something is a little different in this particular library—they have a lion! Not just a pretend lion, a real lion that likes to listen to story time and read books. Only, when the lion breaks a library rule in order to help a friend, he knows he must face the consequences. What is the lion (or the library) to do?
When all of the children go off to school the animals on the farm are bored. Finally a chicken comes up with an idea to head to town. While there the animals discover a library. However, the librarian can’t understand the animals so doesn’t know quite how to help them—until the chicken figures out the perfect way to ask for help.
Mimi is an adorable little pig who spends the day going to the library, the park, and back home. She loves all the things she does…but she is also thinking about her pet roly-poly bug that has been missing. This is a sweet story that mimics everyday life for little ones. And little ones will enjoy recognizing the similarities between Mimi’s day and their own.
Of course I couldn’t make a list of library-related books without talking about this one. The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians was written by a Provo City Library librarian! This book talks about a boy who felt like the library was his home-away-from-home. In fact, he was at the library so much it seemed that he was raised by librarians. This book explains the joy that comes when a youngster discovers the joy of feeling at home in his neighborhood library. This is one library book you don’t want to miss—especially since it was based on a story that happened here in Provo!
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What was the first book you ever read? Don’t remember? Neither do I.
This is probably because it was some random easy reader from an elementary school cupboard: really exciting at the time but not fundamentally life changing.
What was the first book you ever loved? That question might be easier to answer, but it’s still a tough one. Are we talking picture books or chapter books? Read to us or read on our own? Was it Amelia Bedelia or Redwall? Like I said, it’s a tough question.
However, for me, it’s easy to pinpoint the book that launched me into a love of literature much deeper than my previously passive enjoyment of reading: The book was THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and the year was 2007.
This assigned high school reading was, admittedly, poorly taught; however, I’ll never forget my wonder when I realized that not only does Jim’s dialogue sound dramatically different than Huck’s when read aloud, but Twain wrote it that way on purpose!
As time went on and I was assigned to read the book twice more in my studies, I did exactly what Twain tells his readers never to do—found a deeper meaning. I got to relive this simply powerful presentation of growing up and understanding the world, experience the very human confusion that surfaces when practicality collides with belief, and wander in and out of the beautiful southern landscape. I discovered the joy of connecting with a text and allowing it to shape my perspective.
The wonderful time spent with Huck and Jim on the river acted as a gateway into further literary criticism and, eventually, two university degrees.
My story might not sound even remotely like your story, but book lovers are book lovers for a reason. So take a minute to consider how your own literary journey has been impacted by great written works.
We just celebrated one of my all-time favorite holidays – Pioneer Day! Every 24th of July my family heads up to the Kamas Valley to hike in the Uintas, watch rodeos and demolition derbies, eat delicious food, and of course to remember pioneer ancestors like my great-great-grandmother, Anthonette Marie Olsen. "Nettie" joined a handcart division when she was just twenty years old. She crossed the plains in 1865, and she settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. Reading stories about my great-great-grandmother's journey— like when she saw sunflowers for the first time or her encounters with Native Americans— may have been where my love for Westerns began.
If you've never read a Western before or perhaps it's just been a while, now is the time to give them another try! If the traditional Louis L'Amour novel isn't the thing for you, try a more modern Western. Contemporary Westerns now crossover with so many different genres that they offer a little something to almost any reader. Don't believe me? Check out this list of fantastic Young Adult Westerns that include fantasy, multicultural fiction, adventure stories, and even a little bit of romance! I'd start with WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER. It's my favorite.
Lee Westfall, a young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold, must flee her home to avoid people who would abuse her powers, so when her best friend Jefferson heads out across Gold Rush-era America to stake his claim, she disguises herself as a boy and sets out on her own dangerous journey.
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.
When her father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice.
Moving from Baltimore to Oklahoma Territory in the late 1800s, seventeen-year-old Zora experiences the joys and hardships of pioneer life, discovering new love and her otherworldly power.
Seventeen-year-old foul-mouthed Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler, lives in the lawless western town of Rogue City where she sets out to prove the wealthy investors in a magical technology that will save her city are the cannibals that killed her family and took her arm when she was a child.