Wild About Books by Judy Sierra ; illustrated by Marc Brown.
When a librarian accidentally drives her bookmobile into the zoo, she introduces the animals to the joy of reading and before long, they’re hooked.
As a librarian and a mom, I can’t help but love this book. After all, it’s about learning to read purely for the love of reading. It’s about getting excited about books of all kinds, how books inspire writing, and about long lazy days spent deep within a story. Certainly I am hoping to share the concept of reading as one of life’s great pleasures with Silas. This book is a colorful, catchy way to do so.
Giving a nod to Dr. Seuss, to whom the book is dedicated, the rhymes are inventive, hilarious, and utterly captivating. Here are a few examples:
"Raccoons read alone and baboons read in bunches./ And llamas read dramas while eating their llunches."
“She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.”
“Forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks," going "wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.”
Before long, the animals decide to build their own Zoobrary. With books like this one to build upon, your kid will want to start their own library collection as well.
A lovely read-aloud all young kids (and the adults reading to them) will cherish!