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Bats at the Library (Bat Books)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,359 ratings  ·  323 reviews
"Another inky evening's here-- ""The air is cool and calm and clear.
Can it be true? Oh, can it be?
Yes!--Bat Night at the library!
"Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it's time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment o
ebook, 32 pages
Published September 8th 2008 by Harcourt Brace and Company
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Very cute! I loved the pictures of those bats! They're all excited because someone left the window open in the library and they can get in. They read the books, which they place upside down while they hang upside down, play with the computer, photocopier, water fountain, and overhead projector, and listen to stories. Brian Lies' illustrations are beautiful and filled with humor. On the first page of text, if you look carefully, the bats on the page are actually hanging upside down. My favorite p ...more
L13_F Sandra
Bats at the Library is a story told in rhyme by a bat . The bats are bored until one of them hears that a window was left open at the library. The bats are very excited and do lots of fun things in the library like making shadows on the wall using an overhead projector, copying themselves on the copying machine, and of course the highlight of the night, storytime. All the bats gather around and listen to the stories being told until the sun starts to come up and they have to leave without finish ...more
Bryan Lies does not disappoint with his sequel to Bats at the Beach. From the picture on the cover where a bat cradles a book like it is his prized possession, Lies shows the power of books to entrance the reader. The bats are jubilant at the chance to spend the night in the library and to find books that feed the "universe inside each head." The rhyme and heavy rhythm throughout the book adds to the mood of celebrating learning.

The acrylic illustrations capture the rich texture of dark and nigh
Lisa Vegan
Jul 19, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: for reading aloud
This was a book where I wished I had someone read this to me so that I could listen and simultaneously look at the illustrations.

The rhyming story is very good.

The illustrations are marvelous, with lots of smart and amusing touches. I especially liked the “Goodnight Sun” book cover and the bat that wears glasses, but there is much to look at and enjoy.

The love of books and the ability to immerse oneself in them is communicated well.

You don’t have to be a fan of bats to appreciate this book, but
This is a fantastic children's book with rhymes and beautiful artwork.

Bats. Lots and lots of bats. They discover a window left open at the library and fly in at night when the library is closed. Inside they find wondrous things to see and do. Normally I would think that bats would be a kind of creepy subject for a kid's book but this is not a creepy book at all.

Funny thing, I found this book at the local public library. While at the check out desk the librarian told me a story of bats that lived
Cute!!! Much to enjoy for fans of both libraries and bats. The poetic story is a nice change-of-pace from most picture books, good for read-aloud. My favorite part was when the bats go "into" the stories--bat-themed tributes to "Goodnight Moon," "Red Riding Hood," "King Arthur," "Peter Rabbit" and "Alice in Wonderland"--the bat Whinnie the Pooh is priceless!!!! ;->
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies is a super rhyming adventure that takes us through a night at the library with bats who love to read! The illustrations in this book are fabulous--there is so much to look at on each page. I love the middle section with no text and bats acting out scenes from different classic books. This book would appeal to boys and girls and really pulls them in with the wonderful rhyming story. It looks like a book I would read in the fall around October because it is night ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A fun book about a visit to the library - by bats!

"Then word spreads quickly from afar:
a window has been left ajar.
Can it be true? Oh, can it be?
Yes! - Bat Night at the library!

The bats swoop through the open library window and have an evening to remember. They read, they play with the photocopier and the water fountain, they enjoy a story time.

"And if we listen, we will hear
some distant voices drawing near -
louder, louder, louder still,
they coax and pull us in, until...
everyone - old bat or pu
Kristine Pratt
Loved this! Bats waiting for that special night, when they can explore the library! I wish I could join them, to have free rein all night long in a wondrous! What I loved about this book is that it captured that feeling of excitement and discovery for kids. And the pictures are all fun and utterly perfect for this book. This is one I don't mind re-reading.
I know I'm not the only person who loves bats and books but this book feels like it was written just for me!

I love this story about the bats sneaking into the library because a librarian left the window open. The bats are charming (as all bats are) of course, and they imagine themselves in some of the most beloved children's books.

My kids and I love the picture where the bats are making copies of themselves on the copy machine and then folding them into paper airplanes.

We borrowed this from the
Jennifer Gallman
Over the summer, I visited Austin, Texas, and every evening at dusk, people gather at a bridge near downtown to watch the bats fly out all at once. It is quite a spectacle, and among the ooos and ahhhs, you hear some children scream. Not the blood curdling, run-for-your-life scream, but the kind that is a mix of surprise and excitement. That is what Brian Lies brings with this book, a reprint of the 2010 edition.
Written and illustrated by Lies, the book details a group of bats whose nightly adve
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Kathleen Dixon
James borrowed this book from the library the other day but we hadn't read it till now. It's quite a cute story - a tribe, no, flock, no, colony of bats spot windows left open at the library. They've been waiting for this. They've been waiting all year. And once in they do everything that any group of people do - they read books (love the "bats in munchy moods [who] study guides to fancy foods" i.e. a book on moths and butterflies], they talk about books, they look at the computer, make shadow p ...more
So many fun details! Bats wearing reading glasses, bats studying a field guide to moths, bats playing in a pop-up gingerbread house, bats at storytime getting pulled into almost-familiar stories with bat twists - such as "Goodnight Sun" looking very much like "Goodnight Moon." If you read and liked Bats at the Beach, you need to read this one, too.
What's something someone can tell me they know about bats? I've had three bats in my house, and let me you; it's scary!

The story we're going to share was one of my favorites; it's titled Bats at the Library.

Can you imagine what would happen if we got caught in the Principal's office photocopying ourselves? [page 14 show picture] "This box is loads of fun, blasting brighter than the sun. Instead of copying books from shelves, we can duplicate ourselves! " Aren't they a bunch of naughty bats? Let'
Stefani Sloma
An adorable story about the love of reading and libraries. Really great illustrations (even if the bats in the story are a lot cuter than they are in real life). The last page mentions that maybe a librarian will leave a window open for the bats to visit again. As much as I enjoyed this story, I wouldn't like to get to my library in the morning to see bats everywhere. Ha!
This is a wonderful book celebrating the joy of reading and portraying the library as a fun place. I already knew I liked the author-illustrator's combination of rhyming narrative and images full of both whimsy and realistic detail, but when I got to the pages where the little bat imagines itself in classic children's stories, I was totally won over.
Jessica Gorgchuck
Bats at the Library is a picture book for children aged 4-8. The story begins with a group of bats who, feeling bored, decide to break into the library via an open window, and spend the night flying through the halls of the library, reading books, playing games, and making copies of themselves on the library's photocopier. The bats get so caught up in their fun that they don't realize that morning has come quickly, and they must vacate the library before people arrive and they are discovered.

This book would be for grades kindegarten to 4th grade. I love that the story rhymed. It was a very cute story and the pictures were also great. I think this would appeal to children because it is a clever story and flows really well. This book is from the Golden Sowers Award list from 2011 in the primary category.
Brian Lies shows such great creativity in this book. My youngest son, who is afraid of the dark, loved this book. The creative way that the scenes are upside down and the fun ideas of what a bat would do in a library makes this a new favorite book in our family.
Bats at the Library features a group of bats that fly through an open window into the local library. Young bats enjoy playing with the copy machine and the projector, which lets them make shadow puppets on the wall. The bats settle in together for story time and get lost in the book they are reading. Finally, the sun begins to rise and the bats have to leave. The book features short verses with a rhyme scheme on each page. The book would be very appropriate to use in a story time to introduce ch ...more
A window has been left open at the library, and the bats are going on a reading adventure! This would make a great storytime read, whether the theme is bats or libraries. My favorite scene features the bats in storytime, reading the book upside down.
Jen H.
Cute rhyming book about the bats night in the library. Kids will enjoy.
Another really appealing kids book, about two of my favorite things.
(NS) Lisa
The story opens with three bats clinging to a tree branch collectively sighing in boredom. The evening is still young, and they've already eaten, swooped, and soared to their hearts' content. They want to do something different, so they find an open window, excited to find that the window belongs to the local library. Though they don't get to see inside the library very often, many of the older bats look forward to this rare treat. They rush off to explore the shelves of books, while the little ...more
Stephanie Jobe
Loaned to me by my supervising school librarian/media specialist at my field experience so I could look at her lesson plan with it (man just that sentence makes you tired). This is just too cute. I’ve read through it three times now and every time I still notice more lovable details. The little bat in the floaties made me think of… I think it was my little cousin who… wore floaties constantly for what seemed like forever. The earbuds being used as a rope, the perspective of the first full page i ...more
Meg Aust-Anastasi
Purchasing Information
Author: Brian Lies
Title: Bats at the Library
Series (if applicable): Second in the Bats series
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Imprint (if applicable): none
Edition: library
13 digit ISBN: 13-079-618-99923-1
price: $16.00
number of pages: 32
Includes: illustrations
Rating: 5 stars: excellent; nearly flawless a must-have for all libraries serving youth.

Brian Lies sequel to Bats at the Beach is a wonderful nighttime journey taken by the local bats through a window that is left open at the
I am thrilled to have stumbled upon Bats at the Library. Brian Lies did a tremendous job illustrating this book, and the story itself reminds readers how story time and books have an incredible capability to suck you in and give you opportunities to experience endless possibilities. The cover of the book initially hooked me when I saw the unusual and fantasy like scene of bats in a library holding books. The creativity in the end pages also caught my eye. On the end page there is an image of a b ...more
The bats are loose in the library! Some bats go straight to the shelves of books, some play with their shadows on the walls, or play tag. Some bats play in the water fountain or have fun with a pop-up book. There’s also a story time for the bats to relax and for them to become engulfed into a story of history or of fairy tales, all while behaving properly while inside the library. When the librarian comes to open the library, the bats must leave, but they hope to return through an open window an ...more
Share the love of the Library with the bats who happen upon a rare treat—an open window at the Library. Dimly lit setting reflect the evening entry, but there is also a tone like that of entering a theater. The colors are rich and soft with and shine in what lighting writer and illustrator provides. It is pretty and the bats are cute without relying on cartoonish affect. There is a lot to enjoy in the details as Lies marvelously imagines bats in a library, minding scale and using found items ver ...more
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I was born in 1963 in Princeton, New Jersey, which back then was a quiet college town, surrounded by old farmland slowly giving way to housing developments. I spent a lot of time building dams and forts in the woods across the street with my best friend, inventing things, and writing and drawing with my older sister. At various times during my childhood, we had newts, gerbils and rabbits as pets. ...more
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