Illustrator: Rebecca Thornburgh
Publishing: Upstart Books, 2014
Ages: 4 and up
Theme: Library, Fantasy
Opening Lines: By the candlelight, the shoemaker and his wife watched the two little elves dance merrily out of sight. The end.
Brief Summary: This sweet book is all about learning library manners. Skoob, the elf, has finished his work with the shoemaker and his wife and now has a new job in the library. His dream is to win the Golden Shelf Elf Award.
Why I Like This Book: Mostly I like this book because of the drawings. I think Rebecca is VERY talented. But I also like the way Jackie Mims Hopkins turned a potentially dull subject into a magical adventure. It's the perfect way to remind young kids the importance of treating books with care and respect.
1. Scholastic Lesson Plan and Shelf Elf bookmark HERE.
2. You can see the whole book in this video!
3. Want to watch another video? This one is really cute. It's a take-off on the Pigeon books.
You can see it HErE.
4. Upstart Books has a short lesson plan for teaching excellent library rules. Click on the image below to grab the pdf file.
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5. I think THIS pdf from Upstart is even better. It has a Shelf Elf Song, a creative writing project, a fun activity where the kids build a house for the elf, and an engaging lesson called "How Would the Shelf Elf Feel" (where the kids discuss different library scenarios). Click the image below to grab.