Picture Book Recommendation: THE LIBRARY DRAGON

“Sunrise Elementary School had a BIG problem. The new librarian, Miss Lotta Scales, was a real dragon.”

One of my all-time favorite read-alouds, The Library Dragon teaches kids, and, more importantly, librarians, that libraries are supposed to be fun. When Molly Brickmeyer loses her glasses, she doesn’t see the sign “Do Not Touch The Books.” What will Miss Lotta Scales do?

Personally, I love that nearly all the teachers and the principal are afraid of Miss Scales. However, the absolute best part of the book is the language. There are so many dragon and fire-related play on words: “The principal fumed. The teachers were incensed.” The illustrations perfectly complement the text and are also filled with fun gems like a jar of “Caliente Jellypeño Beans.”

My favorite activity for this book is to have kids make their own storybook.

  1. Fold four sheets of 8-1/2″x11″ blank paper in half.
  2. Fold one piece of 9″x12″ construction paper in half.
  3. Put the blank paper in the construction paper
  4. Staple three to five times along the folded edge.
  5. Have the kids write and illustrate their own story.

When finished, they can read the story aloud, just like Molly Brickmeyer does in the book.

The Association for Library Services to Children has a Readers Theater Script on their Fun Activities page.

Themes: Library, Fear, Reading, Dragons

Title: The Library Dragon
Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrator: Michael P. White
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (October 1, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 156145091X
ISBN-13: 978-1561450916

Perfect Picture Book List on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Website


Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

11 thoughts on “Picture Book Recommendation: THE LIBRARY DRAGON”

  1. This truly shows an author using great action verbs that fit the characters feelings — love the creativity. It reminded me of some of the dragon librarians I knew as a kid — just two. They seemed fierce to me and I was scared of them! So, this book had added meanig for me. Great activities for the kids.

  2. I believe libraries have changed a lot since I was a child. They seem more fun and user friendly (sort of like churches too, but that’s another story). A fun book. I’ll have to see if our library has it.

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