Author: Pat Miller
Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott
Publisher: Fort Atkinson, WI: Upstart Books, 2008.
Genre: Picture book, fiction
Audience Age: 3 to 7
Themes/topics: Libraries, books, library procedures
Opening Sentences: We’re going on a book hunt. We’re going to find a good one. We know how.
Synopsis: Any child who knows the kids’ chant “Going on a Bear Hunt” (or the version I learned, “Going on a Lion Hunt”) will quickly latch on to the rhythm of the text of this book, which uses the feel of the chant as a springboard.
In We’re Going on a Book Hunt, it’s library day for some young bears. Through simple description paired with onomatopoeia (such as “beep boop beep” for the scanner) or memorable phrases (“peek and turn, peek and turn” as they look through the books to find one that’s “just right”), they learn basic library procedures.
Kids will easily learn the “going on a book hunt” refrain, and will be sure to repeat it (along with the actions that we see the bear cubs doing) as the book progresses.
It’s a great way to introduce library etiquette to kids.
The author is a librarian, as well as being a writer, so she knows her library etiquette! She’s also a former member of Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 picture book writing challenge, although this book predates the challenge.
Activities/Resources: Going on a book hunt in the library, looking for books that are “just right” is the ultimate activity for this book!
There are fantastic activity suggestions on the author’s webpage, including a teacher’s guide, a script for older kids to act out the book for younger ones, and an audio version of the Book Hunt chant. When I listen to the chant, I find myself wanting to do the clapping we did when chanting “Going on a Lion Hunt” – kids may figure out their own ways of responding and embellishing the chanting words.
Availability: Available online, or ask your local independent bookstore to order it for you.
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