Bibliographic Information: Buzzeo, Toni. (2008). The Library Doors. Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin: Upstart Books.
Plot Description: The library doors wing open and shut to allow the children of the school to come and go. The students remind each other to be quiet and they talk quietly with the library teacher. The children sit on the rug to hear a story read aloud and use the online library catalogue to search for book locations and then go to find them in the stacks. Students enjoy reading the books they have found or using the computers to search for information on a variety of topics. The librarian checks the books out and when the children’s library time is up they wave goodbye to the librarian, who tells them to come again. To which the students reply, ‘we’ll be back.’
Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile Measure: AD450L Interest Level: Lower Grades ATOS Book Level: 1.9
Qualitative Reading Analysis: The story is written to go along with the classic children’s song, ‘The wheels on the bus’ and could be sung to the tune instead of read. Repetition is used, following the format of the song. Text features organize information and guide the reader. The repeated phrases of the story are in all capital letters, while the rest of the story follows conventional capitalization rules. Illustrations are present but not necessary for understanding text. The text contains content that hopefully matches readers life experiences, since we hope that children have a friendly librarian and a welcoming library environment, like the one in the story. Prior knowledge of the song, ‘The wheels on the bus’ will add to students enjoyment of the book, but is not necessary for comprehension. The reader uses familiar cultural knowledge about the school library (what you can do there, that you should be quiet, etc) and possible the children’s song to make connections to the text. Vocabulary is controlled and uses most common meaning.
Content Area: Reading, Literature
Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts Standards for Reading: Foundational Skills: Fluency: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4.a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
English Language Arts Standards for Reading: Foundational Skills: Fluency: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4.b Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Curriculum Suggestions: Teach students the song, ‘The wheels on the bus’ so they can sing/read the story to the tune of the song. If students already know the song, teach them hand gestures to go along with each verse in the story. Teach students about action words and have them find examples in the book. Discuss figurative language and in particular onomatopoeia and have students find examples in the text.
Supporting Digital Content:
Series information: Mrs. Skorupski, librarian, series
Character names/descriptions: The librarian and various children are seen throughout the story, but the main character is the library. The book is about the library and all the things students can do there.
Personal Thoughts: This is a nice book for getting students interested in the library and reminding them of things they can do there. The song is a great hook for getting kids involved in the story.
High interest annotation: What can students do in the library? Find out while reading this story to the tune of ‘The wheels on the bus.’