The Library: Sarah Stewart

The Library

Author: Sarah Stewart
Illustrator: David Small
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Year: 1995
Brief Summary: In this rhyming story, Elizabeth Brown was born to read, read, and read!  When she realizes she can’t fit even one more book into her collection, she donates the whole thing to the town library.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 1996 Winner Picture Books United States
American Booksellers Book Sense Book of the Year (ABBY) Award, 1996 Honor Book United States
Parents’ Choice Award, 1999 Silver Story Books United States

Best Books:

Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 1997 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Literature Choice List, 1996 ; Children’s Literature
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
Teachers’ Choices, 1996 ; International Reading Association

State Provisional Reading List: 

Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1997; Nominee

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Good first week of school book to read when students come through the library for the first time
  • Read in conjunction with other books about bookworms or libraries: Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen…older kids might enjoy The Library of Alexandria by Kelly Trumble, about one of the world’s largest and oldest library.
  • Were you “born” to do anything in particular?  Kids might name a sport they really like, or an occupation they just know they want to be in.  Have them write about it and share it with the class.  Older kids might think about how they can use their passion to change the world, or how they could turn that passion into their lifelong career.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-text connections
  • Text-to-self connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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