Library Lessons & Activities

  • Read "Winston the Book Wolf".  Discuss library manners.   Clever take-off on Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf is the very hungry Winston who likes to eat books! The librarian scolds him for this naughty behavior, Rosie rescues him and takes him out into the woods to teach him how to read books, not eat books. Winston grows to love reading and is soon devouring books with his eyes, and reading them  to groups of children at the library.  Compare to Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Video


  • Library Manners      Video "Can you teach my alligator manners"
  • Read "Row, Row, Row Your Boat", by  Iza Trapani.    Show video clip of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.  Or Video 2.  Talk about different versions of Media and how the story may change from one media to another.  Give students a picture of a row boat to color.
  • Read "Where or Where Has my Little Dog Gone" by Iza Trapani.  Repeat lesson about different types of media.  Have students sing the song.  Show movie "Where or Where as my Little Dog gone".  Give students a coloring page.
  • Read the book "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" by Iza Trapani. Make a star out of pasta (pasta, glue, wax paper) Create the stars by putting a big circle of glue on the waxed paper.  Students should take pasta to create their star.  Let them dry until the next class period.  Put drops of wax on and sprinkle with glitter.  Remove from wax paper, attach string and hang on bulletin board.

Common Core Standards
Reading Standards for Literature
Key ideas and details #1:  With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text
Key ideas and details #3:  With prompting and support, identify characters,settings, and major events in a story.
Integration of Knowledge and ideas #9:  With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

Reading Standards for Literature
Craft and Structure #5  Recognize common Types of Text
Key Ideas and Details #2  With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details