library themed books

December 4, 2009

I started taking Juliet to the library when she turned two. I was very anxious that she was not quite old enough, but it turned out to be the perfect age. I imagined that the library would be very quiet and people would be staring at me as I tried to keep my active and noisy toddler under control. However, it turns out the kids section in the library is anything but quiet. There are always plenty of other moms trying to wrestle their own children and keep them from climbing up the shelves as well. We fit right in.

I thought I would share a few of our favorite library themed books today. They are great for reading to your child a few weeks before going for your first time. I found it helped Juliet understand what we were heading into a little bit better.

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw
This is the main one we read before going to the library for the first time. It is perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers alike. Juliet has read this book so many times that she always tells me it is Tuesday when we go to the library (even though we usually go on Wed.) because that is the day Lola and her Mom go to the library every week. She's got this one memorized.

Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman
I found this one at goodwill before I even knew who Don Freeman was. The illustrations just appealed to me and the story seemed fun. I'm so glad I picked it up because it has become a favorite. A little girl named Cari with a big imagination has a daydream in a library. It's full of fun and will definitely make your child laugh every time you read it. (Another book we love by Don Freeman is Earl the Squirrel)
Curious George Visits the Library by Margaret & H.A. Rey
Curious George is always a hit. Juliet laughs at George's silly antics in yet another great book.

What are your favorite library-themed books? Leave a comment and let me know!


Debbie said...

I almost checked out the Lola at the Library the last time I was there. Selena has been going to the library from age 2 herself. She does really good at the library. I was a little worried myself with her age, but I do think the younger they are when we expose them to these experiences, the better they adapt.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We have the Curious George one and it is a favorite of M's and mine. We also love Don Freeman, so we'll be looking for that one too - thanks for the good recommendations!

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