Library Lion is a great book to share at the beginning of the year. Not only will this book help start a conversation about library rules and caring for books, but kids will absolutely love and root for this friendly lion! Here are some printable and digital Library Lion activities you can use in the classroom or at home.
About the Book
Written by: Michelle Knudsen
Illustrated by: Kevin Hawkes
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.
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Library Lion Activities
This book companion has a large focus on comprehension and vocabulary. This resource has 18 questions to help guide the discussion as you read. Students can also respond to these questions in writing.
After reading the book, students can put the story back together with this sequencing activity.
Once students have practiced sequencing the story, they are ready to retell or summarize. There are several different graphic organizers to choose from. Students can also focus on the story with this story elements spinner.
For vocabulary, I selected 15 words and phrases for this story. Each vocabulary card has a matching definition. Students can play a memory matching game or use the cards in a pocket chart center. To continue working with these words, students can complete the fill-in-the-blanks page or vocabulary match-up activity.
After reading the story, students can complete several book extension activities. Feel free to pick and choose the pages that would work best for your students.
Library Lion Craft
After reading the book, students can put together this lion writing craft.
This craft includes three different options for the lion mane. I have also included several suggestions for writing prompts, but you can always choose your own. If you don’t want to add a piece of writing, the lion head can stand alone.
Library Lion Digital Activities
With many classrooms going digital, I decided to add some digital options to this book companion. In addition to the printable PDF, you will find a Google Slides link that can be used with Google Classroom. I have also included a fillable student PDF. Please note: these digital options do not include the lion craft.
You can find all of these activities in my Library Lion book companion.
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