I’m always looking for creative ways to talk about taking care of books with my younger students, and last week I found a video that is definitely a keeper! I’ve already used it with a few kindergarten and 1st grade classes, and it’s been a huge hit!
I begin the lesson by sharing the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, and asking the students why the bus driver doesn’t want the pigeon driving his bus. Then we watch “Don’t Let the Pigeon Touch the Books” twice; once straight through, and then again with me pausing it after each “scene” so we can discuss what’s wrong with what the pigeon is doing.
This is the only book care lesson I’ve ever done that has had kids screaming “Again, again!” at the end of it – music to a librarian’s ears! Take a look at “Don’t Let the Pigeon Touch the Books” and judge for yourself!