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"L" is for Library

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Simple alphabet rhyming text and colorful illustrations describe a journey through the library.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2006 by Upstart Books
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This is an okay title for me. Each page has two lines of text and the two page spreads have a rhyme-actually it is a four line verse with second and fourth lines rhyming. Therefore some of the text is rather contrived and the choice for the letter p in my opinion should have been picture book, but instead it is parts of a book. I wanted to like this more, but just couldn't.
Oct 03, 2014 Kendall rated it really liked it
One of the better Library alphabet books I've seen; I strongly prefer this to "B is for Bookworm" simply because that one is too complex for the audience. This is a great introduction to the library for kindergartners.
Apr 08, 2008 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: abc-picture-book
Basic alphabet book that follows a cat as he leads children through the library. Each letter starting a word that's related to the library (a is for author, b is for book). Some words are a bit of a stretch, such as C is for Caldecott, an art award, but most are simple and act as a good introduction for younger children to the library. Not very exciting, but cute.

From SLJ:
"The library depicted is warm and inviting, with a multiethnic group of children (and historical figures) obviously enjoying
Mar 28, 2016 RC rated it really liked it
This alphabet book is a great tool for a rising kindergartner or someone who is ready to start finding things independently in the librarian. With adorable illustrations and simple but precise writing, young people can start to identify genre, parts of the library, elements of books and websites, and other conventions of literacy. The book has great moments of humor, and playful references to canonical children's books and historical events. Though primarily the text is instructional, it can be ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Libraries - yay! Books about libraries - yay! This book - meh...

This book had the potential to be awesome! But alas, its rhymes were weak and the attempts at humor were poorly done. All in all it's just a mildly entertaining alphabet book about libraries. Even though there are better alphabet books out there, this would still be a good book to read to a child about to visit the library for the first time.
Dec 12, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week. He loves abracadarian books; I love that word.

This book had a lot of promise, which was mostly unfulfilled. The text wasn't especially inspired, or funny, and the rhymes were forced most of the time.

The illustrations were charming in a Joan Walsh Anglund/Mary Engelbreit sort of way, and they were the highlights of this book.

Michael Fitzgerald
May 29, 2016 Michael Fitzgerald rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Some of the absolute worst verse known to man. The author apparently has no sense whatsoever of what poetic rhythm is ("S is for shelf markers, that help you mark your spot. T is for the thesaurus, which tells you 'warm' is another word for 'hot.'"). It's just painful. Trite and contrived, this book has nothing going for it.
Ms. B
Sep 08, 2015 Ms. B rated it liked it
An ABC book about libraries, this would be a good read-aloud to introduce kindergarteners to the library/media center. Older ones could brainstorm their own ABC lists before listening to the story. During the story, they can see how many of the words they thought of, are included in the book. Are there any important words that weren't included in the book? Children and students can let you know.
Rebecca Dean
This is an excellent book to read to the class before going to the library for the first time. It is also good for teaching the alphabet. A good project to do after reading this book is having the students make their own alphabet book.
Dec 29, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it
"L" Is For Library is a nicely illustrated alphabet picture book that could easily be used for storytime or orientation purposes. Most of the most commonly referred to library terms are highlighted here.
Cute book, but not so good for reading aloud - it's hard to get into a good rhythm with some of the awkward rhymes. Personal connections - the author lives in Mebane and is a school librarian in Hillsborough, NC, and the illustrator went to RISD!
Oct 14, 2009 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Nice enough for a themed alphabet book, but nothing special. Did get me thinking about the way things have changed since I was a little one: URL & WWW certainly weren't acronyms *we* needed to know to use a library!
Miss Kelly
Feb 09, 2016 Miss Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alphabet-book
Loved this book...both timely and factual and fun! It uses the alphabet and rhymes to tell what a library is! Would not mind owning this book for my personal library.
Sep 02, 2013 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Good introduction to terms that relate to the library/media center. The kids enjoy looking for the cat on each page.
Nov 13, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
ABC concept book focused upon library...what's not to love? Illustrations are engaging and details offered in text are varied and helpful.
Michelle Young
Nov 04, 2007 Michelle Young rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
An abecedarian (?) with a library theme. Some awkward rhymes, but could possibly please a librarian or kid library-lover. Otherwise, pass.
Lesley Looper
Cute alphabet book about things in the library. I like how the tabby cat is found on each page. Enjoyed the illustrations as well!
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Shelves: je, 2014
This is a cute alphabet book about the library.
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