Many of our favorite children's books are from authors who have passed away - words written in a different time. Goodnight Moon. Green Eggs & Ham. Bread & Jam for Frances.
Author Brian Lies, however, has managed to write and illustrate a text that has all of the characteristics of a classic. Bats at the Library is a tale of grand creativity - a librarian leaves a window open and the bats swoop in for an evening of literacy.
The graceful text is a delight to read aloud and the darkly-colored paintings have plentiful detail to make the reader want to linger on each page.
Because it was published in 2008, it looks like this story missed the chance to win a Caldecott Medal (a shame!), but it still deserves a winning chance to be on your bookshelf.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a copy of Bats at the Library ($10.88) by Brian Lies! To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Friday, July 8 at 11:59 p.m. All generic comments like “Enter me!” or “Love it” will be disqualified. Winner must provide a US mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #6 Christine Jensen. Congratulations!