The Library Book by Tom Chapin

I look forward to my moments with my picture book each day. A break from the historical readings from textbooks, writing lesson plans, and analyzing primary sources. Today, was one of those days that I was extremely appreciative of my time while reading, The Library Book written by Tom Chapin. I recall it was the title that led me to pick up this fantasy reading in the new book session of my public library.

Here, a little girl is bored on a rainy day and she does not know what to do as her father is laying down snoring. This reminded me of the nursery rhyme we often sang growing up in Western Washington.  The girl decides to head to the public library, almost singing over and over again the following words, "Oh! I am going to the library, picking out a book, check it in, check it out. Gonna say hi to the dictionary, picking out a book, check it in, check it out."

As she strolls up and down the library aisles, she sees some of her fictional friends (that many readers will know): Winnie the Pooh, Madeline, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, The Cat in the Hat, and many more. This day ends up being a pretty good day after all, as she selects a book or two to take home with her. I couldn't help but smile at the last illustration of the book. The little girl laying on her bed at home reading... and through her bedroom window the sunlight shines through. 

I argued with myself about the genre of this picture book between fantasy and realistic fiction. The fictional characters are having conversations with this girl so I chose fantasy; however, aren't all stories speaking to us in one way or another? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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