Library Book Care Lesson - Back to School Library Storytime - Book Damage (Grades K-3)


Students returning too many damaged library books? Back to School is a great time to talk to students about preventing caring for library books and preventing library book damage. This low-prep, easy-to-use library lesson guides your K-3 Library Book Care Storytime from start to finish.

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  • Recommended for: Grades K-3
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 library lessons (total of about 60 minutes)
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

***Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 41 PPT + Google™ Slides (editable text)
  • List of 24 library-themed Recommended Reads (1 page PDF — print and give to students, teachers, and parents; editable text)
  • Two scavenger hunt activities, differentiated (2 page PDF and PPT; editable text)
  • Scavenger hunt answer key (1 page PDF and PPT; editable text)
  • Detailed, pre-filled, editable lesson plan; includes CC, TEKS, and AASL Standards (2 pages, PDF and PPT; 100% editable)
  • Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for Part II scrolling slides (2 pages, PDF)


Part I is a guided whole-class discussion about library book care and everyday objects that might cause library book damage. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish. It’s a great way to discuss how library books get damaged, what we can do to help mitigate book damages, and what to do if we have or find a damaged library book.

  • 3 recommended read-alouds + two library book care themed video links.
  • Storytime song “The Handwashing Song” (sing to the tune of “Frère Jacques”)
  • ASL sign language for “book” — includes video link and clipart image of the sign
  • ASL fingerspelling of “book” — includes images for each fingerspelled letter
  • Whole-group discussion questions about library book care: “How can _____ hurt a library book?” Items causing library book damage include: a dog, dirty hands, a baby, food and drink, water, a backpack. and crayons.
  • 4 “dilemma” discussion prompts about damaged library books
  • Slide to introduce your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
  • Checkout reminders slide — add your own reminders!
  • “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions (with images!) on what students should be doing after the library book care lesson.


The second part is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts. All images and information in the slides relate to the Library Book Care theme.

  • tip about turning library book pages carefully
  • two book idioms — “the oldest trick in the book” and “throw the book at someone”
  • Vocabulary word: scrub
  • kid-friendly joke about bookmarks
  • Who is our librarian?
  • Who is our library assistant?
  • trivia question about braille
  • would you rathers
  • Happy Birthday to…
  • What is a book’s setting?
  • five tips for taking care of library books

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