My first #booksmiles post comes from a visit to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center yesterday with two other teachers from my school. The CCBC is a phenomenal resource at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They are a children’s and young adult book preview library that also provides great intellectual freedom resources. They run a spirited book discussion listserv as well. Each year the CCBC puts out an annotated selection of best books called Choices. They also run the Charlotte Zolotow award, given to best picture book text aimed at ages 0-7. Later this month they are moving to a new location on campus. If you are in the Madison area after August, make sure you stop by and check it out.
My colleagues and I spent a few hours reading picture books, many of which were this year’s earlier award winners. We also read a selection of newer picture books at the CCBC, which is how I stumbled across my booksmile title for this week:
Many different animals visit the Midnight Library. Squirrels rock out with a band and a wolf’s tears threaten to flood the stacks. My favorite though had to be the tortoise determined to finish 500 pages of his book right then and there. It was a perfect opportunity for the unflappable librarian to gift the tortoise with a library card.
Being a school librarian, it probably comes as no surprise that a book about libraries would make me smile. Other library-centric stories that make me smile include:
Share what books make you smile using #booksmiles on Twitter. I learned about booksmiles from @daydreamreader @libraryjo92 and @KingandKids