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Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,905 ratings  ·  320 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
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Published May 25th 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
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
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
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
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
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
Gianni Llano
I recommend this book be read to those children who believe they do not enjoy reading. The story does a nice job of illustrating how it is possible to find the right book.

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
Megan Cureton
This is a perfect book to read aloud to a class, especially if you have some students in your classroom that tell you all the time that they don't like reading. After sharing this book aloud with the students, you can discuss with them that they just haven't found the right book yet for those that claim they don't like to read. I found this book humorous and yet, so true. There are so many children that say they aren't of a fan of reading because all of the books they have had to read in their l ...more
When I was your age, I remember choosing book after book, in many genres, just trying to find ones that interested me. Miss Brooks Love Books (And I don't) is about a first grader who was just like me. Her teacher Miss Brooks, does all sorts of things to show everyone how awesome books are. [show pictures of Miss Brooks dressing up & enacting scenes from her books] Even after seeing many fun costumes and other kids have a blast, she [show picture] tells Miss Brooks, "I'll never love a book t ...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
Mar 15, 2015 Cathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: California Young Reader Nominee 2015
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 finally win over this beastly, er, discriminating child? William Steig’s Shrek!—the tale of a repulsive green ogre in search of
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)
Librarians of the world unite! A book for every reader and a reader for every book!
I will use this one in a preschool or K-2nd grade storytime for sure, and then have a display with a WIDE variety of books.

But, I'm thinking, I might even risk trying it for in the middle of a book talk for 3rd-5th graders to shake things up... warning them at first that they need to expect that a children's librarian might want to do something silly, like read a picture book to them. Then I could sneak in some p
I read a book like this ...I was a chapter Weird School Series by Dan Gutman. The librarian in that book was awesome...justl ike Miss Brooks. Miss Brooks dresses up as all sort of storybook characters. She would be such a fun teacher. But For one student...books... aren't fun!

She fines one she connects to! (The secret every librarian wants you to know.."there is no such thing as a child who hates reading, it is just a child who hasn't be introduced to the right book"
So if y
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!
I like how the book relates to children. My niece might not go for ogres, but she would go for dinosaurs. I feel like quite a few of today's students have seen Shrek and would laugh. this book is great for first graders. I would have my students do a project where they pick a book and dress up to present it. I would be sure to have extra costume pieces for those who do not have outfits. This book reminds me of a second grader at daycare this summer. It was reading time and she was not reading. S ...more
Brittan Haynes
(Teacher) What are some of your favorite books? (Children respond) Do you think from the title of this book, Miss Brooks Loves Books, and I don’t, that the girl (Missy) in this book will ever like books? (Children respond). What do you think will happen in the story? (Children respond) Let’s start reading and figure out if Missy ends up liking books.

Opening Moves:
• Asks for predictions about the book
• Invites children to share their favorite book
• Gets the children thinking about what w
Kelly Tisdale
This book has great concept about students that can't find a book that they are interested in. As a teacher or as a student it is important to remember a that different people like different books and that there is a book out there for everyone. Some of my favorite childhood books were given as examples and we need to remember to make books fun and exciting like Miss Brooks who dresses up for eat story. I also enjoy the illustrations in this story with the unique way of drawing the people throug ...more
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
Laura Graves

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
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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
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
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
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Barbara Bottner, New York Times best-selling author, is a screenwriter, TV writer, and writing coach, who began her multi-hyphenate career as an artist and actor. Designing off-Broadway sets in the ’60s led her to performance and following her career in theatre, she began writing and illustrating books for children. In total, she has written over 40 books in all areas of children’s literature incl ...more
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