Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't)
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Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,406 ratings  ·  269 reviews
With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy’s classmates all find books they love in the library—books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all—“Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.”

Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy will find a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will fin...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published May 24th 2006)
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Lisa Vegan
Jul 16, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: reluctant readers, and avid readers too, especially first graders; children’s librarians
Recommended to Lisa by: CLM
I loved and was touched by this book about a very, very reluctant reader and an incredibly enthusiastic school librarian who uses everything from costumes to book week to make reading fun for the school children. I chuckled on almost every page; it’s a very funny book. There are too many amusing lines (in this very short book) for me to give just an example or two.

I’d have enjoyed this book even more if the book Missy finally chose to appreciate was one I liked better, and if the other books th...more
I feel like a total spoil-sport for dithering between three and four stars on this one since it seems like everyone else on the GoodReads planet absolutely loved it. I think it's a wonderful concept: a (very!) reluctant reader paired with a super-enthusiastic (to the point of dressing up in costumes of her favorite characters!) librarian who manages to find a way for the kid to see something to love in books. I think the writing just didn't really grab me and there were so many allusions to othe...more
Audience: Primary
Genre: Fiction Picture Book
Pre-reading Strategy:
PLAN (Predict/Locate/Add/Note) is a strategy of note-taking that helps students to summarize their reading. Using this strategy with this book, model the steps and provide example. I chose this strategy for Miss Brooks Loves Books! because I felt it would be an easy introduction to this method. The story is very straightforward, yet there is some great vocabulary, and the premise is something students can relate to (whether it's to...more
Librarians often say that you have to find the right book for the right person at the right time. This book is a perfect illustration of that saying.

Miss Brooks is an enthusiastic librarian who just LOVES books and is in the habit of dressing up in costumes related to the books she reads aloud. And all year long Miss Brooks reads book about dragons and Pilgrims and presidents and love and leprechauns and even groundhogs! Our protagonist finds this most vexing.

However, when Book Week comes along...more
i LOVE this book! mainly because the illustrations are so awesome! i think i've read it four times since i discovered it in my Random House kit box yesterday. i kinda want to be Miss Brooks.

also i love it that the girls aren't all wearing pink and skirts: Miss Brooks is this outrageous looking Miss-Frizzle-esque crazy haired hippie in costumes, the mom's this slouchy-comfy-looking painter, and the main character is really into warts and ogres. the only thing that would make it more awesome would...more
Kathleen Ferrel
This was a cute story about an elementary aged girl who insists she doesn't like books. Her librarian, Miss Brooks, tries every different way to entice her into being a book lover like she is. One day the little girls mother gives her a great idea for a type of book she would be interested in. It is all about finding the right book for the right person. The pictures in the story are very entertaining and the illustrations are able to grasp the personalities of each character very well.

An audien...more
Miss Brooks, who might be a wee bit crazy, loves reading books and wearing character costumes. Missy, a curmudgeonly first grader, does not love reading or books nearly as much as the ever enthusiastic Miss Brooks. At the end of the year, all of the kids have to present a book and dress up as a character. Missy refuses everything she finds, pronouncing her classmates projects, "Too flowery. Too furry. Too clickety. Too yippity." Finally, Missy discovers William Steig's Shrek and falls in love wi...more
Audience: Primary
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Pre-Reading Strategy:
I would use a word wall for this book. There are five vocabulary words in the book that I would want students to understand the meaning of before I read it to the class as a whole. This would be part of their vocabulary.
I would write the words on an index card and ask students if they know the meaning of the word first and then ask what part of speech the word is. Then I would write the meaning of the word on the card and post it on t...more

I'm getting this one for my own collection.

It's not just that Miss Brooks looks just like me, either. Nor is it that I want to dress like her.

This book is about a kid discovering the library. It is about a girl who doesn't think she likes books, which challenges her librarian to find her one that will catch her attention. The diverse array of people in this book is delightful, and I enjoyed every minute. We'll see if the first graders like it as much as I do--I am, after all, their craz...more

Intended Age:
I'd say K - 2nd grd. or, 5 - 9yrs.

This story is told from the point of view of a sardonic child who does not like books and whose personality is in stark contrast with the bubbly librarian, Miss Brooks. Miss Brooks' only goal is to introduce children to the joy and wonder of books that can be found in a library. Miss Brooks dresses up in costumes and reads all sorts of stories to try and develop the children's interest in books. But, one child i...more
First of all, ginormous thank-you's to Michael Emberley for drawing such a cool, hip librarian! And thank you to Barbara Bottner for showing the truth - some kids don't fall in love with books right away, but even tough sells "can find something funny and fantastic and appalling in the library." Amen! My new fave to share with library tours!
Audience: K-2 grade students, reluctant readers, school and public librarians.

Appeal: Reluctant readers can identify with the main character about not liking to read. Librarians can use this as an example on how to help a student/patron find a book that fits them.

(Golden Sower Nominee 2012-2013)
The perfect book is out there. You just have to keep looking. Wonderful characters and fun illustrations.
Children's librarians always know...there's a book for everyone!
A review written in haste!

I am a very picky star giver. Probably way too picky. This should most likely be a four star rating, but I am trying not to love this book too much *because* I feel that it was too clearly intended for people just like me.

Are you an "out of the box" person who could possibly imagine themselves as a cool, free-spirited children's librarian? Me too! I loved this book.

Would a child love this book or am I the intended audience?

For now, until the next story time comes alo...more
Laura Ashlee

The first thing we did in my Early Childhood Materials class last Friday was have story time, and he read us Miss Brooks Loves Books. I have since checked it out from the library and done a more thorough reading. I know the point of this book was to show us how fun being a children’s librarian can be, but I already knew that.

Miss Brooks is full of bold colors and crazy costumes. Miss Brooks dresses up as characters in the book all t...more
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With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy’s classmates all find books they love in the library — books about fairies & dogs & trains & cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all.

Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy will find a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will finally win over this beastly, er, discriminating child? William Steig’s Shrek!—the tale of a repulsive green ogre in search of a revolting bride—of course!

Barbara Bottner...more
Jessie Bear
A young reluctant reader grouses about a persistently enthusiastic librarian, and struggles to find any enjoyment in books. This book about books is filled with references to other classic children’s texts, such as Where the Wild Things Are and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Although there are humorous moments such as the protagonist not understanding Miss Brooks and betting that her costumes itch, it is the protagonist’s negativity which drives the first three quarters of the book. She insults ea...more
Miss Brooks is a school librarian who has helped all of Missy’s classmates find a book they love in the library, except for Missy. Missy dismisses every book Miss Brooks suggests to her, but everything is “too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.” But with the help of her mother, Missy realizes that she wants to read a book about warts, and she falls in love with the book Shrek, and with reading at the library.
This book would be excellent for a reluctant reader because it demonstrates...more
This book is the story of Missy. She is a first grader who is finding out the joys, or in her eyes, the pains of the library. Her librarian, Miss Brooks, always dresses up in costumes that fit the story she is reading that day. One day, Miss Brooks announces that it is Book Week and all of the students need to dress up as a character from their favorite story book. Missy dislikes this task because she cannot find a book that she likes. Finally she finds a story about an ogre named Shrek and she...more
Jessica Scranton
This story was about a little girl, Missy who does not like the library her librarian always reads to the children and dresses up for each book. One day the librarian tells the children they have to pick a favorite book and dress up as a character in the story. At first missy hates the idea because there are no books she likes, but eventually Missy finds a book and gets to dress up and tell her story.
This book was adorable. I thought the characters were great and well described. Students could...more
Jane Woodside
I really enjoyed this book. Miss Brooks, the librarian, is very enthusiastic and encourages her students to read. She dresses up and acts out the stories to get the students excited and enjoy reading. In this book, Miss Brooks aims to get the students to understand that even if you do not enjoy reading or like any books that all the other students like, there is still a book out there for you.

The plot of this story to about a librarian Miss Brooks who has a girl in her class who doesn't enjoy r...more
Miss Brooks is a librarian who has a great amount of enthusiasm about her love for reading. She goes out of her way to get the children excited about reading. With Miss Brooks help the children all find books they love except Missy. She does not believe there is a book out there for her to love. They are all "too flowery" or "too furry". Finally Missy finds the story of Shrek and falls in love with it. She gets very excited to present to her class and realizes that there is a book for everyone...more
This is a Teacher's Choice Award book and I can see why after reading it. The main characters are Missy who is a first grader and the school librarian named Miss Brooks. Missy does not like Miss Brooks because she always dresses up like a character out of the book she is reading that day. Miss Brooks announces one day that it is book week and each student has to dress up like a character in their favorite story and read it to the class. Missy is mad because she does not have a favorite book but...more
Casey Lindstrom
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (And I Don't) is a great story about a little girl who just can't get into reading the way her school librarian does. Miss Brooks dresses up with her stories, and shows her excitement about reading to all of her students. When Miss Brooks assigns to all her students that they must find their favorite book and dress up and present it to the class. Missy spends the rest of the story trying to figure out what she is going to present and if she will ever be as crazy about bo...more
Miss Brooks is an enthusiastic elementary school librarian who shares her love of reading by dressing up in outrageous costumes while reading aloud from her favorite books. The protagonist of this story, a little girl clad in overalls and a stocking cap is having none of it. She thinks costumes are itchy and finds the whole fervor for reading “vexing.” She’d consider moving, but her mom informs her there are librarians in every town. Then Book Week comes, and Miss Brooks assigns the whole class...more
Jayme Prisbell
Miss Brooks Loves Books (but I don’t), written by Barbara Bottner, is a wonderfully written book for children (boys and girls) ages 5-8 and a 2012-2013 Nebraska Golden Sower Nominee. The story begins in Miss Brooks’ library where each week she holds a reading circle. The main character Missy despises books and all of the topics the other kids adore. To continue encourage reading, Miss Brooks provides weekly assignments for the students to prepare and share with one another. Missy refuses to buy...more
Dawn Early
Book Title: Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) by Barbara Bottner

Short Description of the Book: A first grade girl has a librarian named Miss Brooks who loves books. Miss Brooks tells the girl that she will find a book that she will love, but the little girl is sure that she will never love books. Then the first grader discovers that she wants to read about warts and her whole perspective on books changes.

FOCUS: Narrative Features:
1 Narrative Structure: Bottner uses a lot of dialogue to sho...more
Summary: Miss Brooks is the librarian and she LOVES books! But she has a student who doesn’t love books, at all. This student doesn’t understand how Miss Brooks can possibly love books so much. When Book Week comes around each student is required to pick their favorite book, dress-up in character, and present their book to their classmates. The student is very upset because she doesn’t like any books! Miss Brooks sends her home with TONS of books to read and the student finally comes across a bo...more
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