Lies, B. (2008). Bats at the library. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN-10: 061899923X
In this latest from Lies, it's all-deservingly-about the artwork. He brings a sure, expressive and transporting hand to this story of a colony of bats paying a nighttime visit to a small-town library. There is a lovely image of a group of bats hanging around the rim of a reading lamp listening to a story; the peach-colored light illuminates the immediate vicinity while the rest of the library is shadowed and mysterious. The rhymed text, on the other hand, feels unmulled, leaving the artwork to do the heavy lifting. Buy it for the pictures. (Picture book. 4-8) (Retrieved September 1, 2009 from BarnesandNoble.com )
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Teacher Tools & Librarian Leads:
This book provides plenty of teachable moments leading the teacher into discussions about trespassing, appropriate library behavior, but mostly about other books. Having the students guess what books are illustrated and then having some of those books available for the children to look at and maybe even check out is a great idea. Bats at the Library inspires reading and shows how books are loved and cherished. This idea of loving reading can also be discussed.
There are at least two different types of bats in the illustrations, so that can lead into a science lesson on bats and their habits as well as the different kinds of bats. An art lesson on making bats can also be done using black or brown construction paper and a simple patten. Fun to read this around Halloween and then hang all the children's bats from the ceiling!