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Booktalking "Bats at the Library" by Brian Lies


This is a story about bats taking over the library at night when it is closed: "Bat night at the library." What could be better? It is a bat holiday that bats wait for all year, like Christmas.

These bats are quite a literary group. They talk about the books that they have read. They create shapes in the light of the projector to make images on the wall. They photocopy themselves, play in the water fountain, look at pop-up books. They get into all types of trouble. Basically, these bats treat the library as if it were their cave.

However, the bats love their books, and they do not want to leave the library when the time comes to go. They wish that a librarian would leave a window open at night so that they could come to the library more often.

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies, 2008

I love the rhyming poetry in this book. It took on a certain rhythm when I read it to first- and second-graders last summer during camp at the library. The kids also thought that the idea of having bats in the library was awesome. I did see a bat in the Bronx Library Center during a wildlife program there for teens. Their cute faces are so adorable.


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