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Library Books Come to Life in Beautiful New Picture Book

Updated on April 11, 2019
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Reading Can Be Magical

What better way to encourage reading in young children than a magical visit to the library?
What better way to encourage reading in young children than a magical visit to the library? | Source

Discover the Magic of the LIbrary

Libraries are experiencing a resurgence in use by everyone and families with young children are returning to their local library for multiple uses. What better way to encourage your young reader to learn to love the library than to read this exciting new picture book and discover the magic in reading? David Zeltser's The Night Library is an engaging story with beautiful illustrations that will delight young readers and encourage interest in visiting their local library.

A little boy is very disappointed when he gets a book instead of a toy or movie for his birthday. Why would anyone want a book for a gift? He falls sleep and the adventure begins. One of the iconic lions from the New York City Library appears and invites him to hop on and take a special ride to a special place. He agrees to come with the lion and off they go at a fast pace headed for the city. They arrive and it is very cold. The lion stops in front of the huge New York City Library. What?!!! You brought me to a library? As they make their way through the rooms, some of the books are dancing. They arrive at the children's section and the books are very lively! The books arrange themselves into several forms that remind the little boy of books that his grandpa had read to him. Then the books create a huge surprise for the little boy. Young readers will be engaged in the magic of what the books create for the little boy. The lion returns the little boy to his home and back to bed. His mom and dad are surprised the next morning to find that now the little boy wants to keep the book that he received for his birthday. The surprise in his dream gave him a reason to keep his new book. The story ends with another surprise that young children will also want to obtain.

The pages of The Night Library are filled with beautiful illustrations. The imaginative artwork by Raul Colon brings the library to life with the magical antics of the books. The Night Library was published by Random House Children's Books and is recommended for ages 3-7. It has an ISBN of 978-1-5247-1798-8.

Beautiful Illustrations Tell the Magic of the Library

One of the iconic lions from the New York City Library takes the little boy on a magical trip to the library
One of the iconic lions from the New York City Library takes the little boy on a magical trip to the library | Source
The library books are very lively at night!
The library books are very lively at night! | Source
The books create a special surprise for the little boy.  Readers will want to read to discover what this surprise is.
The books create a special surprise for the little boy. Readers will want to read to discover what this surprise is. | Source
The little boy receives a special gift after returning home.  Can you guess what it is?
The little boy receives a special gift after returning home. Can you guess what it is? | Source

Activities to Enhance Reading in the Classroom

David Zeltser's The Night Library is a perfect choice for teachers who want to help children discover the library and all the fun that can come with reading. Libraries are again becoming popular with all of the free activities that come with the use of a library and the extensive choices that children have with great books on every level.

*Read The Night Library in a group story-time session. Introduce the iconic lions from the New York City Library.

*Call attention to the children's section that the little boy enters. He names a few of his favorite books that his grandpa read to him. Engage the children in a conversation about their favorite books. Make a class graph of some of the favorite books. Are there some that are more popular than others?

*Engage the children in a discussion of other things that they might do at their local library. Most libraries now have story time sessions on special days. Movies can be also be rented.

*Take a field trip to your local library. Your school librarian might also like to have the class take a "tour" of their school library.

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      David Zeltser 

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the great review!

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