Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t)
Written by: Barbara Bottner
Illustrated by: Michael Emberley
Grade levels: PreK-2
Theme/Skills: Schools, reading, social issues, teachers, librarians and children’s books
Genre: Fiction and humor
Summary: Miss Brooks is a school librarian and she is incredibly enthusiastic about books. Miss Brooks loves books so much that she often dresses up as the story characters while reading the books to her students. Missy, one of Miss Brooks’ students, is not enthusiastic about books. Missy really has no interest at all in books and she is terrified when Miss Brooks announces that book week is approaching. Every student must pick their favorite book to share with the class. After returning home from school, Missy panics at the thought of completing the assignment and asks her mom if they can move. When Missy learns from her mother that there is a librarian in every town, Missy is discouraged and realizes she must complete the assignment. Will Missy’s teacher be able to help Missy find her love for reading? Will Missy be able to complete the assignment?
Pre-reading activity: Before you begin reading the story, ask students to share what they like to read and what interests them. For example, do they like a certain sport, a place they would like to visit, historical events or fairy tales. Encourage all of your students to briefly share at least one thing.
Review with your students the “W” questions, who, what, where, when and how. If review is needed you may use a previously read book to model the answers to the questions with the class. Inform your students that after they have listened to the story Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t), they will be answering the “W” questions.
Post reading activity/Assessment: After you have shared the book with your students post the following questions on the board:
Who was the main character?
What was the story about?
Where did the story take place?
When did the story take place?
How did the story end?
You may do this as a group discussion or have the students complete a written response.
Reflection: The title of the book is what first drew me to the book. My maiden name is Brooks and I knew my students would get a kick out of hearing a book with my name in it. Thankfully I was right and the book was and still is a huge success in my room. This book is terrific to share in every classroom. This book reminds teachers and students how much fun reading can be.
About the Author: Barbara Bottner is the author of over thirty-six children’s books. Barbara is not only an author; she is also an award winning writing teacher. Some of her former students include, Bruce Degan, Antoinette Portis and Peggy Rathmann. If being an author and an award winning teacher was not impressive enough, Barbara Bottner has created award winning animated shorts for Sesame Street. If you would like more information on Barbara Bottner, visit her website at http://www.barbarabottnerbooks.com/artwork.html.
About the Illustrator: Michael Emberley is an author and an illustrator. Some people may say that being and author and illustrator was in Michael’s jeans. Michael’s father and sister make children’s books. Even Michael’s wife is an author and an illustrator. Michael grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts and he currently lives in Dublin, Ireland. Michael Emberley has a variety of artistic styles and he does not like to keep himself tied down to just one style. Michael is always looking for new and interesting projects to explore. Michael splits his time between his love of art and his love of bicycle racing. To learn more about Michael, please visit his website at http://www.michaelemberley.com/.
Bottner, B. (2010). Miss brooks loves books! (and i don\’t). New York: Alfred A. Knopf.