Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Boys in the Library: On Writing and Growing Up

This week's READ-4-LUCK pick (the feature that acts as a recommendation, review, teaching tip, and writing lesson) is The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed.
Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything, including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Year: 2007
Word Count: 1053
Book Level: 4.0

  Children DO love books, and knowledge. Even more once they learn to read, and even more when they learn to LOVE to read. This book can be very inspirational. They also love the insect section. Cute ending.

 Anything to promote books and learning and reading to your children, right? I really enjoyed reading this book. It was one of the first books we chose from our stack or 20+ library books. This one is worth actually BUYING. The illustrations are adorable. As a parent, I need to learn to read just a bit slower, and soak in all the illustrations.

TEACHERS:  Teachers and librarians totally need to read this one to all their students. It can be inspirational to give students a dream to work toward, too. Electrician, entomologist, doctor, football player, whatever. Just go to college, and do what you want to do.

 I'm anxious to do a book study on this one. Lots of action in under 1100 words. I know, these days that's an unthinkable word count, but still so totally worth studying. Lots of threes. YOUR TURN: Try incorporating rules of threes in some of your mss. Take a closer look at one and see if you have any at all.


  1. 1100 words???!!! I think I should be submitting my stories to Peachtree!

  2. Thanks for the book recommendation, Christie! Isn't it fun to do book studies? It's free and a great way to learn craft.

  3. I wasn't actually raised by librarians, but I bet the ones who saw me every day of my young life would demand some of the credit! And they would be right. This sounds like such a fun book.

  4. This sounds perfect for my son, who's just getting a handle on reading. Can't wait for it to blossom into a love of story!


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