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Wild about Books

Wild about Books

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Winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award

It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.

In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal--tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. "She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter." In no time at all, Molly has them "forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks," going "wild, simply wild, about wonderful books." Judy Sierra's funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown's lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys

Author: Judy Sierra
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: 08/10/2004
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 12.10h x 9.30w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780375825385
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.1
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 82035 / Wild about Books

Award: Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Honor Book
Award: E.B. White Read Aloud Award - Winner
Award: NAPPA Gold Awards - Winner
Award: Charlotte Award - Nominee
Award: Grand Canyon Reader Award - Nominee
Award: California Young Reader Medal - Nominee
Award: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - Nominee
Award: Colorado Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Monarch Award - Nominee
Award: Keystone to Reading Book Award - Nominee
Award: Florida Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Black-Eyed Susan Award - Nominee
Award: Delaware Diamonds Award - Nominee
Award: North Carolina Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Buckaroo Book Award - Nominee
Award: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Nevada Young Readers' Award - Nominee
Award: Georgia Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Young Hoosier Book Award - Nominee
Award: Golden Sower Award - Nominee
Award: Irma S. & James H. Black Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 06/14/2004 pg. 62
Kirkus Review - Children 07/01/2004 pg. 636
School Library Journal 08/01/2004 pg. 94
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2004 pg. 39
Booklist 09/01/2004 pg. 123
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2004 pg. 47
Booksense '76 Childrens Aut 04 09/01/2004 pg. 1
ALA Notable Children's Books 02/15/2005 pg. 1015
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2005 pg. 52 - Recommended, Satisfactory
School Library Journal 04/01/2005 pg. 36

About the Author
Judy Sierra is the acclaimed author of more than forty picture books, including the award-winning Wild About Books; ZooZical; Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf; The Sleepy Little Alphabet; Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur; and Everyone Counts. Her writing for children is enriched by her work as a puppeteer, storyteller, and folklore scholar. Judy lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her at

Marc Brown is best known as the creator of Arthur the aardvark, but you will find no aardvarks or animals wearing glasses in this book. Drawing upon his classical training at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Marc Brown's colorful paintings for Wild About Books reflect the naïve spirit of folk art at its best. "Judy Sierra's story gave me the opportunity to indulge myself in painting," said Mr. Brown, adding that this is the book of which he is most proud. He lives in Hingham and Martha's Vineyard, MA.
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