Books to Treasure is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary in a big way, with award winning author and illustrator Mo Willems! Willems is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children. He is one of the most prolific author/illustrators in children’s literature today. Books to Treasure will be celebrated November 16th, 2012 7pm at the Central Library.
Explore lesson plans and resources from 10 years of Books to Treasure!
- 2012 - Mo Willems
- 2011 - Grace Lin
- 2010 - Steve Jenkins
- 2009 - Brad Sneed
- 2008 - Jim Arnosky
- 2007 - Floyd Cooper
- 2006 - Lisa Campbell Ernst
- 2005 - Janet Stevens
- 2004 - Arthur Howard
- 2003 - Marla Frazee
Books to Treasure is a special partnership between the Tulsa City-County Library and all Tulsa County elementary schools aimed at celebrating the beauty and power of children’s literature. Its goal is to connect children with books and inspire a love of learning and reading. The program accomplishes this goal by giving every 2nd grader in Tulsa County a copy of a featured book, an opportunity to get a library card, and a chance to meet a prominent children’s book author.
Every year a well known children’s book author is invited to Tulsa to participate in Books to Treasure. A featured book is selected from among this author’s work and a copy of this book is given to every 2nd grade student in Tulsa County. In 2011, over 10,300 books were distributed to Tula County 2nd grade students! Every student also receives a bookmark and bookplate featuring illustrations from the featured book.
Tulsa City-County Library Youth Librarians visit schools during the month of October to speak to students about this special book and the author. They also tell students about the importance of reading and the library. All 2nd graders have an opportunity to get a special library card featuring artwork from the featured book. In 2011, over 4,400 children received library cards as a part of the Books to Treasure program!
In early November, the featured author comes to Tulsa and visits 2nd grade students at area schools. They also give a public presentation and book signing at a Tulsa City-County Library location. This is an amazing opportunity for children to witness the creativity and passion that goes into the writing and illustration of a book, and to get to meet a favorite author!
The Books to Treasure program is sponsored annually by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. With their support, the program began in 2003 and has grown into a Tulsa County tradition for 2nd grade students.