Lola at the Library

Picture Book

Bibliographic Information: McQuinn, Anna. Lola at the Library. New York: Scholatic, 2006.

Plot Description:
On Tuesdays, Lola and her mother visit the library. Lola carries her books and library card in her backpack. They walk to the library and return the books. Lola likes spending time in the children’s section making friends, learning songs, and listening to stories. After, she can pick out new books to borrow. Lola and her mom check out their chosen books. They get a treat after the library and return home. Lola’s mom reads her a story at bedtime.

Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 580; Accelerated Reader: 2.2

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, focusing on Lola and her mother’s activities surrounding the library. The book is geared towards very small children, with one or two sentences per page. The illustrations generally tell the same parts of the story as the text, but with greater detail.

Content Area: English, Library, Books

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson; #4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses; #7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text; #7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great picture book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 3rd grade and below. It explores themes like responsibility and family.

Character Diversity:
Main characters are African-American, background Caucasians and Asian-Americans.


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