Those of us who are teachers or parents of young children may already be familiar with Margaret Hillert's books, including those that feature Dear Dragon. The books have a controlled vocabulary of common sight words and even feature a word list at the end along with suggestions for how to help early readers. In this story Dear Dragon watches as his boy gathers up books from all around his room and loads them into a wagon. Dear Dragon pulls the wagon to the library and helps to carry them up the stairs (see cover illustration). Once they enter the library, the boy sees a notice for story time and wants to go. Dear Dragon sits on the floor with the children and listens to the story, then they see what other fun they can have. They find a floor puzzle of dragons, and choose more books to take home, including Dear Dragon's A is for Apple.
Young readers will enjoy the cheerful illustrations and probably wish for their own dragon. (Who doesn't?) Adults will appreciate the short sentences and sight words that help build reading fluency for their children and students. This would also make a good read-aloud for someone getting ready to visit the library for the first time. Teachers and school librarians might wish to pair it with a short nonfiction book on libraries such as, A Visit to the Library by Mary Lindeen. 5/5 stars NetGalley user, September 2015
I wish I could have a library like this with all the bells and whistles. However, I can point out to the kids that the public library has them. I love the reading lever. I can't get enough books that are interesting to read at the beginning level. Definitely on my to-buy list. NetGalley user, September 2015
This is a great book explaining to children about a library. It tells what you can do there, about the librarian's job as well as stressing that you do not keep the books, they must be returned. It is a beginning basal reader that had realistic pictures to accompany the words. The text is short, perfect for emerging readers. The routines are probably similar to what the child reading this book goes through. This would be a great companion book to "Dear Dragon Goes To the Library" by the same publisher. At the end of the book there are activities a teacher or caregiver could do with the reader as well as a list of words used in the book. NetGalley user, September 2015
Dear Dragon travels to the library in this book! I like that they found Dear Dragon books at the library! The Dear Dragon series is appropriate for independent first grade readers. It is meant to be simple with easy to read words. Dear Dragon Goes to the Library is as solid as the others in the Dear Dragon series. NetGalley user, August 2015
The Dear Dragon series is made up of several books that are easy readers. They use site vocabulary that is printed in the back of the book. It reminds me of the books I learned to read with. In this book, the boy is off to the library with his dragon friend. They pile some books to return to the library into the wagon and off they go. Once they arrive the participate in Storytime, but dragon has to be good. After the story they see what the other kids are doing and join in with doing jigsaw puzzles and dot-to-dot pictures. Then it is time to pick out new books to take home. He finds some books with dragons in them to take home to read. A successful trip to the library. These Beginning-to-Read books capture the imaginations of beginning readers and help them on their way to independent reading. They could also be read aloud to young children who are not able to read yet. A great addition to a family library or a primary classroom. 4/5 stars
NetGalley user, August 2015
This cute story in the “Beginning-to-Read Book” series pulls the early reader in immediately. “Come here. Come here. I want you to help me. I want you to go somewhere with me,” states the child in the story to his friend, a curious dragon. The illustrations show the child loading up his wagon with books from a shelf and pushing them, in the next illustration, toward a building. The following full page shows that the building is a library and the child tells the dragon that this is a good spot. The nice thing about this story is that it includes the required behavior in a library and the illustrations show a number of entertaining things a library offers for kids. The book is bright and cheerful for young children and the involvement of a dragon for a friend to accompany the child works well. Reading reinforcements in the back pages are helpful for teachers and parents. Children's Literature