Taking care of books is an important lesson to go over with the students in the beginning of the school year. I usually start out reading the book “Mr. Wiggle’s Library” and “Mr. Wiggle’s Book” by Paula M. Craig and Carol L. Thompson.
The first one came from Katherine’s blog Kindergarten…kindergarten. It’s a fabulous book that you can print from her blog for FREE. Each page has something “sad” that happens to the library book, and you actually DO that on the page. For example, on one page it says that someone scribbled all over froggy. So you actually take a marker and scribble all over the page. When the kids see that, they totally freak out! I thought this was perfect to use with my Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
I also created another page that you can copy on the back of this bookmark to help the kids start practicing their library number. (Our students are encouraged to learn their library number early on as it’s also a part of their computer login.) I have a 10-key pad by the checkout computer and students learn to type their number in and scan their books. It’s a slow process in the beginning, but once they get it memorized, it sure helps!
Finally, I added in a quick sequencing activity to review the book, and cutting and pasting is always a good skill to practice with kindergarten kiddos!
Another great resource I found was a variation of the children’s book “Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothes” by Judy Barrett. The variation is called “Animals Should Definitely Not Borrow Library Books” and can be found here.
I decided to use this with my 1st and 2nd grade students.
After we read the book and discussed how to keep their book safe, I gave them the following paper to work on after they checked out their book. I’m going to have their teacher collect all finished papers, and then I will bind them together to make a class book for their classroom library. They seem very excited about this!