Knock Knock! Who’s there in the 800’s?

When we are looking for non-fiction books on various types of subject matter, we might not think of the 800’s as a great place to look for some of our favorites.  Many books that children enjoy are there.

Let’s take a look at what we can find in that area of the library! We find Knock- Knock Jokes and riddles and other humor books.

Belly Laugh Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids: 350 hilarious knock-knock jokes for kids by Sky Pony Editors 818.602 aimed at grades K-3rd grade.

Lots of Knock-knock Jokes for Kids by Whee Winn for ages 7-10 is located at 818.602.

Getting more serious, sometimes there’s an assignment to write a specific type of essay, narrative or other genre. The trusty 800s are the place to go again!  Check these out!  How to Write an Opinion Piece by Sara Howell, 808.2, is aimed at 3rd-4th graders.

Pizza, Pigs and Poetry:  How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky, one of my favorite poets for kids and those who love to play with language, is found at 811.54

Most children love to hear poetry read aloud. Here are some great places to start.   A Child’s Garden of Verses, 821.8, by Robert Louis Stevenson, new edition, with color illustrations could have been your own introduction to poetry and is loved by children in 3rd-4th grade and beyond.

For readers who are a little older you can try Brown Girl Dreaming a Newbery award winning title by Jacqueline Woodson, also available in audio under SR Woodson. The author shares memories of her childhood in 50’s and 60’s in free verse.

Yes, boys love poetry too!    Locomotion, 811.54, again by Jacqueline Woodson, presents an eleven year old boy’s point of view with poems about life in a foster home.

Here’s another one they might find a good introduction to rhythm and rhyme: After the Bell Rings Poems about After School Time by Carol DIggory Shields 811.54 which has fun short poems.

Moving to the 822s we find the books containing or about plays:    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by creator Jack Thorne is based on Rowling’s popular series.

822 is where you will find Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk by Jane Sutcliffe. There are other wonderful books to help you introduce your child to Shakespeare, and other works of the classics.

Good Masters, Sweet Ladies, Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz 812.6 Newbery Award Winner (for distinguished contribution to literature), contains nineteen monologues or mini plays for one player each. In other words, these are fun to read aloud and a good way to learn about that time period.

Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays, Six Newbery Stars!  This is a collection of short plays also for middle school students that you can find at 812.60 including work by Sharon Creech and Richard Peck.

I hope you will want to sample some of the entertaining and imaginative offerings from the 800s. Knock, Knock, who’s there? Lots of readers from Santa Clarita, that’s who!

By: Miss Lee


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Miss Angie

I am a children's librarian at SCPL's Canyon Country Library. My favorite things are funny books, ice cream, and the Matterhorn at Disneyland.

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