Building Books – Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Brianne Farley

       Building Books – Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Brianne Farley, Alfred A. Knopf, (9781524773670), 2018

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Katie is a young girl who loves to build with blocks. Her brother Owen loves to read.  Each loves everything about their hobbies – the sight, the sounds, the smells and how they feel when they are doing what they love.  When they get into a shouting match at school over which pastime is better, the school librarian has a plan. She hands each a huge pile of books and tells Katie to read and Owen to shelve.  Of course, Katie ends up building with her books, but when they topple over she finds a book called Castle Engineering.  She is soon reading more books about castles, and cities and worlds.  Owen had become engrossed in reading the books, until one falls and balances on its edge.  Soon Owen is building with his pile of books. They run to each other to share their discoveries and end up reading Treasure Island together on a big comfy chair.  When the librarian returns, she finds they have used shelves of books to construct their own sailing ship.  The illustrations created using ink and gouache and finished digitally, perfectly complement the story. This is a wonderful story that combines S.T.E.M. with reading and shows the importance of trying new things.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I think most librarians and lovers of books will regard the building and toppling of books with alarm.  However, children will love it!

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a nice choice for S.T.E.A.M. lessons with the combination of engineering and reading.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 11/5/18         


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