Best Books for Teaching Library Skills



It's probably something to do with being a Teacher Librarian, but I am always on the hunt for great picture books that teach students library skills. I love to use them as a way to introduce a unit, to create interest and to engage students. I thought I'd list some of my favorites below.




I like to begin the school year by sharing books about the library in general. I also like to throw in  some Library Orientation type topics, including how to treat the library respectfully and behavioral expectations. My favorites are below.
1. Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!
Who doesn't love Dewey? This book is such a student favorite. I love to use it to introduce the library to my younger students. They are always amazed when I tell them this picture book is based on a true story (which I also love, may I add! If you haven't read it, go read it now!).

2. Library Lion
A fun story about the library, rules and expectations, with an unexpected twist!

3. Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
All about library etiquette, a fun and simple story that the younger grades thoroughly enjoy.

4. Manners in the Library
This one is perfect for teaching your younger students about how to act in the library. It's short, simple and gets the message across in a fun and very basic format. Perfect for K-1.







I have previously mentioned some of the following 'Book Care' themed books as well as Book Care tips in this post here.


1. Read It, Don't Eat It!
This is a cute book about book care. It focuses about things you should and should not do with your library books. It's quite short- which is great if you're running low on time, or can always be extended with some of the tricky words in there (deface, delete, censor).

2. Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library BookOh this book is great! Perfect for 2nd & 3rd grade in particular as they really seem to love the 'secret agent' theme running through this book. This one is a little longer, and I absolutely love it.

3. Manners with a Library Book
This book shares with the students the basics of book care in a really straight forward manner. Best for Prep/Kindergarten and 1st Grade.

4. The Shelf Elf
This is my new favorite book to teach Book Care. I love the 'elf' theme throughout as well as the fact it goes through book care skills such as how to use a shelf marker (Because we all need extra reinforcement on shelf markers. No Little Johnny, it's not a sword. Yes, you do actually have to put in on the shelf for it to work instead of carrying it around like an accessory!).






1. The Best Book to Read
I like this one because it's great to highlight how many different books are on our shelves for students to read. Also, that not every book is 'just right' for every student. It's important for students to know that we all have different interests and skill levels.

2. Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians
This book is a library themed version of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. It teaches students how to use the 5 finger rule and put books away correctly. Although somewhat predictable, it has a fun twist at the end that always surprises my students!

3. We're Going on a Book Hunt A fun story that includes tips on how to select a 'just right book' set to the familiar and much loved tune of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Kids love to sing along to this one.

4. Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind
A fun book that emphasizes how each student has different reading interests and the power of finding a 'just right book. This one speaks especially to those reluctant readers!






1. The Great Dewey Hunt
It's always helpful to have some funny, engaging books to teach the Dewey Decimal System and this one is no exception. The librarian in this book is the Ms Frizzle of the library world in my opinion with her outlandish clothing and crazy way. An informative and entertaining book.

2. Do You Know Dewey?
An introductory look at the Dewey Decimal System. This book explains how the Dewey Decimal is categorized and its purpose. For a topic that is often considered 'boring', this book aims to make it fun and informative with its fun rhyming text.

3. Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything!
By the same author as 'The Great Dewey Hunt', this book aims to teach students the skills needed to access information such as searching an online catalog, researching and note taking.



Just a tip, when I purchased many of these books as my own personal copies, I bought the paperback versions- because they were cheaper. If you can spring for the hard back copies it is so well worth the investment. I really don't enjoy reading a softcover to students as much as it's more difficult to hold and show students the pictures while you're reading. Obviously a hard cover will last a lot longer too. I'm currently in the process of replacing my old worn paperbacks for some new hardcovers which should see me into my future years of teaching!

If you have a favorite book that you use to teach your students library skills, I would love to hear about it! Please leave your recommendations in the comments, below.


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