By Michelle Knudsen
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Library Lion has been around a while. It was a New York Times Bestseller.
This book discusses rules in an unique way. Of course, libraries have rules about being quiet and not running. In the story, a lion enters the library one day and is allowed to stay as long as he doesn’t break the rules. He started listening to the stories at story hour. He allows children to use him to lean on when they were reading, helped dust items in the library and even licked envelopes. He did however, break the rules when he tried to get help for the librarian who fell by roaring, “RAAAHHHRRR!” in the library. He left the library because he had broken the rules. He didn’t come back for several days. (You will have to read the book to find out what happens.)
This book shows emotions with children, adults, and the lion’s faces. He becomes a good helper. I can see the story being used for discussing rules, libraries, books, lions, emotions, friendships, and other things that you or the children might think of.
I just read Library Lion recently for the first time. I think it would be great for 4 and 5 year-olds. Teachers may need to paraphrase for younger children. I spoke with someone who had used it in 2nd grade. This book would be great for a Family Reading Night (usually in the month of November). The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has information on Family Reading Nights with a bookmark and poster available for downloading at:
I think it would be a great addition to anyone’s library. NOTE: The book does not come with a lion!!
Reviewed by: Sherial McKinney