Finding creative ways to teach library book care is always on my mind at this time of year, and what better way to grab students’ attention than to use a favorite book character? If your students love Mo Willems’ Pigeon as much as mine do, this lesson will be a winner in your library!
I begin the class by sharing the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. (Even though most students have heard the story before, they’ll enjoy hearing it again.) Then we discuss why the bus driver doesn’t want the pigeon driving his bus, and whether or not the Pigeon is trustworthy. (Spoiler alert: He’s not!!!) Next we watch the YouTube video “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 the Pigeon is doing wrong. We conclude the lesson with each student sharing one thing he or she will or won’t do to take care of books this year.
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!