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B Is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Libraries, like books and kids, come in all shapes and sizes and are as individual as every story and freckled face. Readers will learn about Kenyas Camel Library Service, Zimbabwes Donkey Libraries, and Northern Europes Book Boats. There is so much to discover and celebrate about the history and inner workings of our community libraries How do libraries keep track of all ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published 2005)
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Miriam
Feb 16, 2015 Miriam rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: school librarians
Shelves: books, picture
I assume (perhaps wrongly?) that this is intended to be used in an educational setting, perhaps to prepare children for their first trip to the library. Sadly, it is probably true that many children won't be taken early on by their parents and will go for the first time during elementary school. Certainly this book doesn't seem likely to inspire any child to go on his or her own. Both the art and the text are pretty boring -- and I speak as someone who loves libraries, books, and factual informa ...more
Lisa Vegan
I really enjoyed this, but I am especially interested in libraries, books, and history. As far as a child picking up this book and reading it, I suspect it’s more likely to be for schoolwork than for pure pleasure. Also, much of the information presented will most likely be known by many children old enough to want to read this, or have it read to them, but almost everyone will learn some things; I did. And, this book is definitely working as a recruiting tool to entice more readers to become li ...more
Cheryl
Darn it all. This should have been wonderful, especially for me. But it was so frustratingly incomplete and uneven. I don't mean simply that there are only 26 letters, and so C had to be library Card and couldn't be Carnegie, but also details. It refers to Dewey 'in those days' without a date. It refers to 'even in our country.' It assumes some children won't know what the word Online means, and also that the readers will have a home computer with access to reference works. It doesn't acknowledg ...more
Eva Leger
Aug 02, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: julias-books
We didn't finish reading this. I could tell before we even got to 'D' that Julia was truly bored. I've always told that if she gives a book an honest shot and still doesn't like it to put it down. So she wanted to stop and stop we did. To be totally honest, I was also bored.
There is a plethora of information included here I was still bored. Most of the information are little tidbits that most people won't know off the top of their heads. While that's all good and fine I don't see a child being
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'd have given this one 5 stars if the text had mentioned DVDs with its description of media, as DVDs are quite common in libraries now, and if the pictures of the computers hadn't looked so antiquated. Those monitors looked so huge and clunky (see the letter K)! Smaller and flat-screened monitors, not to mention laptops, were certainly around when this book was written in 2005. Nevertheless, it has a lot of good information, including a few small things that I didn't know, and the pictures were ...more
Chris Evans Ramsey
B Is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet by author Anita C. Prieto I only looked at the cover of this book when I picked it up, I was expecting the kind of alphabet book that I am used to with a few words per page and highly colored illustrations. This book is completely different. It has the letters of the alphabet as you would expect and also a word for each letter but the words are defiantly not for the very young reader. There are pages such as L is for Library of Congress. Then it gives a thre ...more
Kendall
This one is thorough, but almost too thorough for the audience. Since the topic is broad, the authors stretch far to include all of the alphabet. However, I think this more of a weakness of this entire series. These hardly serve as introductions to the topics at hand; instead, I think they're appreciated by adults who have a connection to the subject at hand.
Ruth Ann
Wow! This book will appeal to book lovers of all ages. Each letter is introduced by "__ is for ____", followed by a 4-line rhyming verse. But for readers who are ready for more, much additional information awaits in the sidebars. Learn about the history of libraries worldwide and specifically how Ben Franklin began a lending library with his fellow craftsmen. You'll be introduced to library systems and practices (like the Dewey decimal system), and you'll meet famous book lovers. Of course the b ...more
Kathy
A lot has changed in the library since this book was published in 2005!
Amy
This is a sophisticated alphabet book that details all the glorious things associated with libraries and books. The story has two layers; a simple alphabetical feature (a is for author) but is also accompanied by rich, detailed descriptions of the items listed for each letter (detailed historical information about the beginning of libraries, etc).
Heather Rae
Feb 14, 2009 Heather Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah, bookworms, parents
AWESOME. This book makes me giddy. I bought this as a gift for myself, although I am reading it to my daughter, now almost eight months. She actually sat all the way through S before we had to take a baby break.
Lori
A nice basic alphabet picture book about the library (what's available and a little history too) with more in depth information for older children in the sidebars.
Eileen
It was love at first sight the moment I stepped into my neighborhood library. This book is for people, young and old, who love libraries.
Lisa
Fabulous history of libraries for a variety of age groups -- even adults, quite frankly! Giving to my niece for Christmas this year.
Nancy
Love the illustrations. We read this during National Library Week 2013, after we dropped off cookies for the librarians.
Bonnie Jeanne
B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet Edition 1. (National Alphabet Books) by Anita Prieto (2005)
Jarm Del Boccio
An amazing array of information about books and libraries...a mini-course for us all!
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