Choosing a beginning-of-year library book for K-2 students isn’t as easy as it sounds. Having been a teacher-librarian for more than a few years (!), it is tempting to revert to the tried and true books to promote library love. Some of my favourites over the years have been Library Lion, The Shelf Elf, Delilah Darling is in the Library, and Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books. Library love, library rules, books about books – all essential in establishing the library as a wonderful place (the best place!) to find books which will let the imagination soar.
This year, I read Luna Loves Library Day with Kindergarten, but I think I might use it with Year 2 in future years. The pictures were delightful, there was a great dose of library love, but it could have been more fully explored with slightly older children. Without preaching, there was seamless integration of diverse characters, separated families and a sense of community. I also loved the ‘book within a book’ which could be a fun creative activity to incorporate into Year 2 lessons. In the future, rather than use this at the start of the school year, I will use this book heading into holidays, where I can encourage students to visit their local libraries and share the library love around.