In honor of National Library Week (thanks Vivian!), I'm sharing Otto the Book Bear.
Title: Otto the Book Bear
Written and Illustrated by: Katie Clemenson
Publisher: Disney, Hyperion Books, 2011
Suitable for: Ages 3-7
Themes/Topics: Reading, moving, libraries, book characters coming to life
Opening: Otto was a book bear. He lived in a book on a shelf in a house... and he was happiest when children read his book.
Brief Synopsis: Otto comes to life from the pages of his book, but accidentally gets left behind when his family moves away. He goes on an adventure that eventually takes him to the library where he finds many other book friends and children who love to read.
Links to resources: I spent a decent amount of time looking for online resources, but I feel like I'm noticing a trend in newer books not having a lot of resources. Anyone else? In the mean time, I think I would ask kids to talk about how they would feel if they were left behind, like Otto was. I would also ask them what kind of book they would want to be inside of and I'm willing to bet I'd have very different answers between my 8 year old and my 4 year old.
Why I chose this book: This book was recommended to me by the children's librarian in our public library. It was was of many books in a stack I checked out that day. I love the idea of a bear coming to life outside of a book, and how important it is for him to be read by children. It's how he really feels love and I think that's awesome.