Children's Literature @ NYPL
Booktalking "Wild About Books" by Judy Sierra
One day, librarian Molly decided to drive her mobile library van into the zoo, and all of the animals were flummoxed! She read from Dr. Seuss and the zoo animals were drawn toward her. They were fascinated by reading, and went wild over the many different kinds of books that the library van displayed. The animals read together or alone or while eating lunch, and some, unfortunately, had overdue books.
Tasmanian devils, pythons, penguins and porcupines decided to write their own stories after reading so many written by other authors. In fact, a hippo's memoir, Mud in My Blood, was given the Zoolitzer Prize.
The animals liked the library so much that Molly the librarian hired animals to build a library in the zoo, christened Zoobrary! All of the animals in the zoo are happily reading.
The author, Judy Sierra, has a Ph.D. in folklore. I love the rhyme of the lines and the action-filled illustrations in this book. One of her books, The Flannel Board Storytelling Book was referred to in the children's services training that I received in the library. Another of her works, Antarctic Antics, was made into an ebook that may be featured on one of our children's ebook databases such as Bookflix or TumbleBooks.