“It started in the summer of 2002,
When the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew,
By mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.”
I love this book! The rhyme and rhythm are great. Many unusual animals are mentioned. It celebrates the joy of reading and writing, shows great teamwork as the animals build and manage their own “zoobrary,” and proves that there truly is a book for everyone. If you haven’t yet read this book aloud to a child, do so immediately.
Excerpt from the Booklist review:
Not only are the animals reading books but they are also hugging them, licking the pictures off the pages, and trying their “hands” at writing. A wonderful advertisement for the joys of a literary life.
Naturally, you’d want to use a writing-themed activity to complement this book. I suggest putting kids in groups of two or three and having them make a paper bag animal puppet. Afterward, they can write a short play to perform. Emphasize the structure of story: beginning, middle, end; and problem, resolution.
Themes: Animals, Reading, Libraries, Writing
Title: Wild about Books
Author: Judy Sierra
Illustrator: Marc Brown
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 10, 2004)