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Library Lessons With The Midnight Librarian
The Midnight Librarian by Kazuno Kohara (Roaring Book Press, 2014) is a great read aloud for introducing students in Kindergarten and First Grade to the library. Use it at the beginning of the year or any time to review.
Read the story aloud to the students. Discussion questions can be asked at the end 0f the story or at occasions where students can use text and illustration cues to answer the questions.
- What do the animals do in the library? ( p3-4)
- What was the correct behavior in the reading room? (P5-6)
- Was there a hole in the roof?
- Was it raining in the library?
- Why was the wolf crying?
- What jobs did the librarian do in the library?
- What jobs did the owl assistants do in the library?
- How did the little librarian help the tortoise?
- How is the library in the book different from our library?
- What do you think are some good library manners ?
- read books
- Correct behavior- being quiet
- NO there was not a hole in the roof.
- NO it was not raining
- The wolf was crying because the book was sad.
- help animals pick a perfect book, put away books
- she made him a card so he could borrow books.
- answers will vary
- Answers will vary: be quiet, put books away,
Word Puzzle - The Midnight Librarian
Word Bank: Librarian, Instruments, Yawn, Rain, Assistant, Read, borrow
1. Person who helps find the perfect book L _ _ r_ _ _ _ _
2.what the squirrels played I _ _ t _ _ m_ _ _ _
3.Tortoise was allow to take book b _ _ _ o _
4.What the animals did in the library r _ _ d
5.One who helped the librarian a _ _ i _ _ _ _
6.when the wolf cried r _ _ _
7, owls did after story & fell asleep y _ _ n
Matching ( terms and definitions) The Midnight Librarian
Copy this page ( Make several copies) and cut apart. Glue onto cards Have two or three students work together to match terms. This can be also done during time when there are students who are finished with book check out or are not checking out books. Make a easy check by placing on the back books! on the cards that go together.
Place where all the books are
reads you good books
lets you borrow books
being quiet and respectful
take a book home and then bring it back.
Helps put books away
Answer key on back of
place where all the books are - Library B
library assistant- helps put books away o (1)
library behavior- being quiet and respectful o ( 2)
Librarian- reads you good books k
library cards- lets you borrow books s
borrow -take a book home & bring it back !
The Midnight Librarian
Sequence Game : Students can work in pairs to put the following cards or strips of paper in the right order after listening to the story. After everyone is done, you can review as a class or have another pair at the table check work.
Animals come at night to the library to read
The Tortoise can finish his book.
The Little Librarian reads to the owls as they fall asleep.
Little Librarian & her three owl assistants help find the perfect book.
The Little librarian asks “Please be quiet in the reading room”
The Little Librarian takes the squirrels to the activity room.
The Little Librarian makes the tortoise a library card.
It starts to rain inside the library.
The little librarians and her assistants read to the wolf.
Other Books Written and Illustrated by Kazuno Kohara
Here Comes Jack Frost /Roaring Book Press, 2009
Ghosts in the House/ Roaring Book Press,2012
Little Wizard/Pan Macmillan,, 2011
The Haunted House/ Macmillan Children's Books, 2008
Susan Pierce Couture is a career librarian , with experience in both public and school libraries. Currently , she is a branch manager in a public library system. You can connect with her at her blog : TheOrganizedLibrarian. blogspot.com