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Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library! Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library! Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!


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Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library! Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story Another inky evening’s here— The air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library! Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!

30 review for Bats at the Library

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Someone leaves the window open at the local library, and the bats seize a chance to have a 'bat night at the library.' It's hard to settle down and read when life flits by at dizzy speed. But storytime is just the thing to rest a play-exhausted wing. And if we listen, we will hear some distant voices drawing near - louder, louder, louder still, they coax and pull us in, until... everyone – old bat or pup - has been completely swallowed up and LIVES inside a book instead of simply hearing something read Someone leaves the window open at the local library, and the bats seize a chance to have a 'bat night at the library.' It's hard to settle down and read when life flits by at dizzy speed. But storytime is just the thing to rest a play-exhausted wing. And if we listen, we will hear some distant voices drawing near - louder, louder, louder still, they coax and pull us in, until... everyone – old bat or pup - has been completely swallowed up and LIVES inside a book instead of simply hearing something read. The bats also enjoy non-book library activities, such as making photocopies of themselves and bathing in the water fountain. This book's pictures are a bit lighter and easier to see than Bats at the Beach, so I enjoyed this book a bit more. And it celebrates a love of reading. http://storysailor.files.wordpress.co... Tl;dr - This is a perfect book to read to children if you are a librarian doing reading-time or if you are a parent of a kid who loves the library, or if you are a teacher. Very cute and book-positive.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    I love this bats. If you know me, you know I think bats are the cutest. I had a bat box at one point, but I don't think I had bats living in it. They are the most interesting, so I scooped up this book when I saw the title. Guess what chickadees? there are more in this series about bats. I'm so excited, I could spit. First off, the author's name is either the perfect last name to be an author or very unfortunate. Lies. But, I thought I knew that name and it turns out, I do. He did the book, 'the I love this bats. If you know me, you know I think bats are the cutest. I had a bat box at one point, but I don't think I had bats living in it. They are the most interesting, so I scooped up this book when I saw the title. Guess what chickadees? there are more in this series about bats. I'm so excited, I could spit. First off, the author's name is either the perfect last name to be an author or very unfortunate. Lies. But, I thought I knew that name and it turns out, I do. He did the book, 'the rough patch', which was nominated for a Caldecott and it was one of my favorite books last year. It was amazing. This book is great for bat lovers and library lovers, so you can see why I gave it 5 stars. We see bats flying in the dark night sky heading for a window that was left open. The bats take over the library and read and tell stories all night long. They play with the projector and the copier. Mostly, they read and tell stories. The artwork is amazing, truly. The bats are extra cute and there is so much detail. There is also so much play with light and shadow. I love that aspect of it. It makes the library this wonderland and who wouldn't want to go to one. This is Brian Lies and I've come to quickly trust him. He knows his way around art and story and how to shape them. I am going to look for more in this series. This is not a Halloween book, but it easily can set a creepy mood for some people. I have read all the Halloween books for this year pretty much so Halloween November is over for 2020.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    I loved the first book in this series -- Bats at the Beach -- so much that I just had to read the next book! The bats are excited -- a window got left open and they all get to spend a night at the library! And they have a great time reading and playing until daylight comes and they have to return to their cave. I checked out both the print and audio version of this cute children's book from my local library's digital site. I just felt like having a cute story read to me! :) And this series is so I loved the first book in this series -- Bats at the Beach -- so much that I just had to read the next book! The bats are excited -- a window got left open and they all get to spend a night at the library! And they have a great time reading and playing until daylight comes and they have to return to their cave. I checked out both the print and audio version of this cute children's book from my local library's digital site. I just felt like having a cute story read to me! :) And this series is so cute! Brian Lies' artwork is wonderful as well! This book would be great to read in a classroom setting, or at home. The pictures are colorful and the rhyming text is entertaining. The story would definitely keep kids' attention! The audio book is just over six minutes long. Chris Sorensen does an excellent job as narrator. He has a pleasant, easily understandable voice and reads with an upbeat tone. Definitely a fun listening experience! My favorite illustration is one where the bats are hanging on a lamp talking about books. Just too cute!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    This was a book where I wished I had someone read this to me so that I could listen and simultaneously look at the illustrations. The rhyming story is very good. The illustrations are marvelous, with lots of smart and amusing touches. I especially liked the “Goodnight Sun” book cover and the bat that wears glasses, but there is much to look at and enjoy. The love of books and the ability to immerse oneself in them is communicated well. You don’t have to be a fan of bats to appreciate this book, but This was a book where I wished I had someone read this to me so that I could listen and simultaneously look at the illustrations. The rhyming story is very good. The illustrations are marvelous, with lots of smart and amusing touches. I especially liked the “Goodnight Sun” book cover and the bat that wears glasses, but there is much to look at and enjoy. The love of books and the ability to immerse oneself in them is communicated well. You don’t have to be a fan of bats to appreciate this book, but it probably helps a bit to have at least mildly fond feelings for bats. They’re so cute in this book, those who are fearful or otherwise think they don’t like bats may be won over.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Cute!!! Much to enjoy for fans of both libraries and bats. The poetic story is a nice change-of-pace from most picture books, good for read-aloud. My favorite part was when the bats go "into" the stories--bat-themed tributes to "Goodnight Moon," "Red Riding Hood," "King Arthur," "Peter Rabbit" and "Alice in Wonderland"--the bat Whinnie the Pooh is priceless!!!! ;-> Cute!!! Much to enjoy for fans of both libraries and bats. The poetic story is a nice change-of-pace from most picture books, good for read-aloud. My favorite part was when the bats go "into" the stories--bat-themed tributes to "Goodnight Moon," "Red Riding Hood," "King Arthur," "Peter Rabbit" and "Alice in Wonderland"--the bat Whinnie the Pooh is priceless!!!! ;->

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Very cute! I loved the pictures of those bats! They're all excited because someone left the window open in the library and they can get in. They read the books, which they place upside down while they hang upside down, play with the computer, photocopier, water fountain, and overhead projector, and listen to stories. Brian Lies' illustrations are beautiful and filled with humor. On the first page of text, if you look carefully, the bats on the page are actually hanging upside down. My favorite p Very cute! I loved the pictures of those bats! They're all excited because someone left the window open in the library and they can get in. They read the books, which they place upside down while they hang upside down, play with the computer, photocopier, water fountain, and overhead projector, and listen to stories. Brian Lies' illustrations are beautiful and filled with humor. On the first page of text, if you look carefully, the bats on the page are actually hanging upside down. My favorite picture is the 2-page spread where they're all listening to a story. So cute! Library lovers HAVE to read this one!

  7. 5 out of 5

    L13_F Sandra

    Bats at the Library is a story told in rhyme by a bat . The bats are bored until one of them hears that a window was left open at the library. The bats are very excited and do lots of fun things in the library like making shadows on the wall using an overhead projector, copying themselves on the copying machine, and of course the highlight of the night, storytime. All the bats gather around and listen to the stories being told until the sun starts to come up and they have to leave without finish Bats at the Library is a story told in rhyme by a bat . The bats are bored until one of them hears that a window was left open at the library. The bats are very excited and do lots of fun things in the library like making shadows on the wall using an overhead projector, copying themselves on the copying machine, and of course the highlight of the night, storytime. All the bats gather around and listen to the stories being told until the sun starts to come up and they have to leave without finishing their books, hoping they will get another chance to return and experience the amazing world inside the library. The illustrations of watercolor are dark throughout because of it being nighttime but are very realistic and detailed in the scenery and what bats really look like. The illustrations show the bats reading books in the forefront and in the background they show the bats dressed up and imagining themselves as the characters in the books they are reading like Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin and Winnie the Pooh.There are so many details that students may not notice everything after the first reading. This is really a book that is better read on your own to explore the pages. One book the bats are reading is called Goodnight Sun and is the same boardbook colors as Goodnight Moon. There is an old black and white drawing from Make Way for Ducklings however there are a mother bat and her little bats following and crossing the road in the ducklings place.It would also be interesting to see what books they have read or recognize that are referenced in the pictures but not explicitly stated. Although this would be a good book to pair with a nonfiction bat book and compare what these bats did in the story and what real bats do, I think it would also be a good story to use to write our own rhyming verses. There is one wordless two page spread that shows the bats as characters from different stories and I would like to see what the students could come up with to describe what is happening in the story at that point.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    "Another inky evening's here - / the air is cool and calm and clear. / We've feasted, fluttered, swooped and, soared, / and yet... we're still a little bored" begins this engaging picture-book about a colony of bats that visit the local library one night. Whether reading selections that seem tailored to their interests - an insect guide is described as a guide to "fancy food" - playing with the photocopier, or settling in for story-hour, these bats know how to get the most out of their library v "Another inky evening's here - / the air is cool and calm and clear. / We've feasted, fluttered, swooped and, soared, / and yet... we're still a little bored" begins this engaging picture-book about a colony of bats that visit the local library one night. Whether reading selections that seem tailored to their interests - an insect guide is described as a guide to "fancy food" - playing with the photocopier, or settling in for story-hour, these bats know how to get the most out of their library visit, and how to really sink into a story! With its rhyming narrative and appealing acrylic illustrations, Bats at the Library would make a good story-hour selection, although I'd be careful of the lighting conditions, when reading - the artwork is rather dark, and doesn't show up well in bright light. That said, there were many little details here that I found charming, from the upside-down vista in the first scene (a rooftop hangs from the top of the page), to the copy of "Goodnight Sun" that a few of the bats are seen reading. And, of course, the idea of getting lost in a good book is always one that will appeal to me! All in all, this was a charming little tale. I think I'd like to read about the bats' first adventure, in Bats at the Beach .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Not to my taste. Wordy, with a rhyme that seems forced (but other reviewers praise it, so you decide for yourself). Too much time spent outside the books, even outside the library, for me. Though I do like the effort to desensitize those who are squeamish about bats (like spiders & coyotes, they are valuable members of our ecosystems). And I do like the author's bio in which it's said that Lies visits local libraries when he travels... I do too! Do you? Not to my taste. Wordy, with a rhyme that seems forced (but other reviewers praise it, so you decide for yourself). Too much time spent outside the books, even outside the library, for me. Though I do like the effort to desensitize those who are squeamish about bats (like spiders & coyotes, they are valuable members of our ecosystems). And I do like the author's bio in which it's said that Lies visits local libraries when he travels... I do too! Do you?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    I love bats. I love libraries. The two page mural in the middle is awesome and I want it as a poster. These bats are just so cute.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J-Lynn Van Pelt

    Bryan Lies does not disappoint with his sequel to Bats at the Beach. From the picture on the cover where a bat cradles a book like it is his prized possession, Lies shows the power of books to entrance the reader. The bats are jubilant at the chance to spend the night in the library and to find books that feed the "universe inside each head." The rhyme and heavy rhythm throughout the book adds to the mood of celebrating learning. The acrylic illustrations capture the rich texture of dark and nigh Bryan Lies does not disappoint with his sequel to Bats at the Beach. From the picture on the cover where a bat cradles a book like it is his prized possession, Lies shows the power of books to entrance the reader. The bats are jubilant at the chance to spend the night in the library and to find books that feed the "universe inside each head." The rhyme and heavy rhythm throughout the book adds to the mood of celebrating learning. The acrylic illustrations capture the rich texture of dark and night, but also illuminate each bats' unique personality. And little details like the bats playing within a picture in a pop up book and flying paper airplanes out of bat images adds spunk to the story. And when the bats are shown participating in the story being read, Lies demonstrates the visual power of books and imagination. This is a great book that will allow children to find nuances in the story and pictures through multiple readings.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laima

    This is a fantastic children's book with rhymes and beautiful artwork. Bats. Lots and lots of bats. They discover a window left open at the library and fly in at night when the library is closed. Inside they find wondrous things to see and do. Normally I would think that bats would be a kind of creepy subject for a kid's book but this is not a creepy book at all. Funny thing, I found this book at the local public library. While at the check out desk the librarian told me a story of bats that lived This is a fantastic children's book with rhymes and beautiful artwork. Bats. Lots and lots of bats. They discover a window left open at the library and fly in at night when the library is closed. Inside they find wondrous things to see and do. Normally I would think that bats would be a kind of creepy subject for a kid's book but this is not a creepy book at all. Funny thing, I found this book at the local public library. While at the check out desk the librarian told me a story of bats that lived at this particular building. Who would have guessed there would really be bats at the library!?!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katt Hansen

    Loved this! Bats waiting for that special night, when they can explore the library! I wish I could join them, to have free rein all night long in a library...how wondrous! What I loved about this book is that it captured that feeling of excitement and discovery for kids. And the pictures are all fun and utterly perfect for this book. This is one I don't mind re-reading. Loved this! Bats waiting for that special night, when they can explore the library! I wish I could join them, to have free rein all night long in a library...how wondrous! What I loved about this book is that it captured that feeling of excitement and discovery for kids. And the pictures are all fun and utterly perfect for this book. This is one I don't mind re-reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Bats at the Library by Brian Lies is a super rhyming adventure that takes us through a night at the library with bats who love to read! The illustrations in this book are fabulous--there is so much to look at on each page. I love the middle section with no text and bats acting out scenes from different classic books. This book would appeal to boys and girls and really pulls them in with the wonderful rhyming story. It looks like a book I would read in the fall around October because it is night Bats at the Library by Brian Lies is a super rhyming adventure that takes us through a night at the library with bats who love to read! The illustrations in this book are fabulous--there is so much to look at on each page. I love the middle section with no text and bats acting out scenes from different classic books. This book would appeal to boys and girls and really pulls them in with the wonderful rhyming story. It looks like a book I would read in the fall around October because it is night time, but not too spooky. The book has won seveal awards including: New Hampshire Ladybug Award, 2009 California Young Reader Medal, Grand Canyon Reader Award (AZ), Volunteer State Book Award (TN), Buckaroo Book Award (WY), Arizona Young Readers Award, 2011 LYRC Grades 3-5 Consideration list (LA), SCC Picture Book Award , Bill Martin, Jr. Award (Kansas) , 2010 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Nebraska Golden Sower Book Award (2009-2010), Keystone to Reading Award (PA), 2009-2010. It is just that good! Lies, B. (2008). Bats at the library. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Austin

    Big board book format, perfect for showing off the antics of a bunch of bats who hangout :) in the library! It's Bat Night!! Rhyming text throughout moves this tale along nicely. Artwork is clever, perfectly darkish for a bats' night out and the pages are illuminated with golden glows from the windows and library lamps (where young bats hang to read the books, duh?! :) The bats themselves are pale with fine webbing friendly features and characteristics, and the baby bats cling safely to their moms w Big board book format, perfect for showing off the antics of a bunch of bats who hangout :) in the library! It's Bat Night!! Rhyming text throughout moves this tale along nicely. Artwork is clever, perfectly darkish for a bats' night out and the pages are illuminated with golden glows from the windows and library lamps (where young bats hang to read the books, duh?! :) The bats themselves are pale with fine webbing friendly features and characteristics, and the baby bats cling safely to their moms with preservers on the wings, like swim rings little kids wear in the pool, nice! There's lots of fun at Bat Night: Wingtip-tag, books to browse, making shapes on the xerox, storytime. Now, storytime for the wee bats is a hoot, a centre page spread that will surely delight! Here is the essence: how each of us is pulled into a story, me, you, a bat or two: pure magic the power of the story. Soon, 'breathless, lest within the tale, no one sees the light grow pale.' And they're all off in a hurry, Bat Night at the library ends. What fun it was! A joyful book celebrating reading, books, bats, and community. I highly recommend it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    A fun book about a visit to the library - by bats! "Then word spreads quickly from afar: a window has been left ajar. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes! - Bat Night at the library!" The bats swoop through the open library window and have an evening to remember. They read, they play with the photocopier and the water fountain, they enjoy a story time. "And if we listen, we will hear some distant voices drawing near - louder, louder, louder still, they coax and pull us in, until... everyone - old bat or pu A fun book about a visit to the library - by bats! "Then word spreads quickly from afar: a window has been left ajar. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes! - Bat Night at the library!" The bats swoop through the open library window and have an evening to remember. They read, they play with the photocopier and the water fountain, they enjoy a story time. "And if we listen, we will hear some distant voices drawing near - louder, louder, louder still, they coax and pull us in, until... everyone - old bat or pup - has been completely swallowed up and lives inside a book instead of simply hearing something read." What follows are some exquisitely illustrated pages of what it's like for those bats to live inside the books. Characters from classic children's literature inhabit the pages and should bring a chuckle to adults or older children. The rhyme, the rhythm, the enchanting illustrations all add up to a wonderful book about the pleasures to be found in a library.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Relyn

    I used this book the first or second week of library classes this year. It was a great lead in to talking about being excited about the library and all the great things it has to offer. It also gave me the change to review what we don't do in the library: run or fly wing to wing. The illustrations are intriguing with plenty of opportunity for inferring and connecting. This was a great book. Library Lessons I specifically used the illustrations of bats as Winnie the Pooh, Red Riding Hood, a Hobbit I used this book the first or second week of library classes this year. It was a great lead in to talking about being excited about the library and all the great things it has to offer. It also gave me the change to review what we don't do in the library: run or fly wing to wing. The illustrations are intriguing with plenty of opportunity for inferring and connecting. This was a great book. Library Lessons I specifically used the illustrations of bats as Winnie the Pooh, Red Riding Hood, a Hobbit, etc. to connect my students with the idea that good readers imagine themselves into the story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I know I'm not the only person who loves bats and books but this book feels like it was written just for me! I love this story about the bats sneaking into the library because a librarian left the window open. The bats are charming (as all bats are) of course, and they imagine themselves in some of the most beloved children's books. My kids and I love the picture where the bats are making copies of themselves on the copy machine and then folding them into paper airplanes. We borrowed this from t I know I'm not the only person who loves bats and books but this book feels like it was written just for me! I love this story about the bats sneaking into the library because a librarian left the window open. The bats are charming (as all bats are) of course, and they imagine themselves in some of the most beloved children's books. My kids and I love the picture where the bats are making copies of themselves on the copy machine and then folding them into paper airplanes. We borrowed this from the library and then had to have our own copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    VillaPark Public Library

    A delightful book about bats excitedly rushing to the library when they hear a window has been left open. Rich and whimsical illustration blended with upbeat rhyming makes this a delight for the eyes and ears! Check this book out from the Villa Park Public Library! A delightful book about bats excitedly rushing to the library when they hear a window has been left open. Rich and whimsical illustration blended with upbeat rhyming makes this a delight for the eyes and ears! Check this book out from the Villa Park Public Library!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Luann

    So many fun details! Bats wearing reading glasses, bats studying a field guide to moths, bats playing in a pop-up gingerbread house, bats at storytime getting pulled into almost-familiar stories with bat twists - such as "Goodnight Sun" looking very much like "Goodnight Moon." If you read and liked Bats at the Beach, you need to read this one, too. So many fun details! Bats wearing reading glasses, bats studying a field guide to moths, bats playing in a pop-up gingerbread house, bats at storytime getting pulled into almost-familiar stories with bat twists - such as "Goodnight Sun" looking very much like "Goodnight Moon." If you read and liked Bats at the Beach, you need to read this one, too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Very beautiful book about bats invading a library to read, play, and have a great time. The illustrations are rich and vivid. The text is bouncy verse. The best part is the hints of other literature all through the illustrations including a Velveteen bat, a Winnie the Pooh bat, a hobbit hole, and many more. The titles of some of the books are fun too like Goodnight Sun. Great fun for little ones and the adults that will read to them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    This is a wonderful book celebrating the joy of reading and portraying the library as a fun place. I already knew I liked the author-illustrator's combination of rhyming narrative and images full of both whimsy and realistic detail, but when I got to the pages where the little bat imagines itself in classic children's stories, I was totally won over. This is a wonderful book celebrating the joy of reading and portraying the library as a fun place. I already knew I liked the author-illustrator's combination of rhyming narrative and images full of both whimsy and realistic detail, but when I got to the pages where the little bat imagines itself in classic children's stories, I was totally won over.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This book would be for grades kindegarten to 4th grade. I love that the story rhymed. It was a very cute story and the pictures were also great. I think this would appeal to children because it is a clever story and flows really well. This book is from the Golden Sowers Award list from 2011 in the primary category.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stefani Sloma

    An adorable story about the love of reading and libraries. Really great illustrations (even if the bats in the story are a lot cuter than they are in real life). The last page mentions that maybe a librarian will leave a window open for the bats to visit again. As much as I enjoyed this story, I wouldn't like to get to my library in the morning to see bats everywhere. Ha! An adorable story about the love of reading and libraries. Really great illustrations (even if the bats in the story are a lot cuter than they are in real life). The last page mentions that maybe a librarian will leave a window open for the bats to visit again. As much as I enjoyed this story, I wouldn't like to get to my library in the morning to see bats everywhere. Ha!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    A book about bats who love exploring the library? I’m all in. They don’t just discuss reading but also the other fun activities that one can get into while at the local library. I can see this being a fun read aloud for a teacher or a librarian but also anyone at home. The artwork is a little dark but the premise is so cute, it doesn’t take away from the story but rather adds to it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cristi Schwamb

    Bonus points for the drawing of a Fibonacci spiral in one of three books they read. Excellent illustrations based on classic children's literature -- fun to look at all of them and play guess that story. Bonus points for the drawing of a Fibonacci spiral in one of three books they read. Excellent illustrations based on classic children's literature -- fun to look at all of them and play guess that story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Engaging verse and perfect for a library read-aloud!

  28. 4 out of 5

    mj

    LET 👏 BATS 👏 GET 👏 LIBRARY 👏 CARDS 👏

  29. 4 out of 5

    Set

    Adorable bats fly to the library at night and read many books before daybreak. I like that they chose to make night bats instead of night owls the wisdom loving character.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aneesa

    Never thought I'd say this, but the wordplay is too distracting from the story. Never thought I'd say this, but the wordplay is too distracting from the story.

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