Lottie Paris and the Best Place

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Lottie shows what's fun about the library in vibrant sequel.

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Educational Value

As an early reader book, it easily takes children through some of the more important rules of going to the library and how to carefully maintain borrowed books.

Positive Messages

Lottie Paris and the Best Place describes the fun as well as the responsibilities of patronizing the library. It shows children how the library can help them explore their interests and be place where they can share their adventures with friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main character Lottie is a positive example of a child with a great imagination and love of reading. Her personality is bright, vibrant, and shows readers how fun the library can be.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lottie Paris and the Best Place is the second in a picture book series that began with Lottie Paris Lives Here. This one is all about how much the exuberant, imaginative Lottie loves the library, and features her new friend Carl. It's a great book for early readers -- both boys and girls -- and introduces kids to library etiquette with a light, humorous touch.

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What's the story?

Lottie Paris -- and all of her energy -- is back, exploring another one of her favorite places, the library. As in the first book, Lottie Paris Lives Here, Lottie's imagination takes center stage as she explores the world around her with her new friend Carl. Readers learn about proper library etiquette, how to treat borrowed library materials, and how fun a trip to the library can be, especially when you share it with friends.

Is it any good?

LOTTIE PARIS AND THE BEST PLACE is a great resource for early readers. By bringing in Lottie's new friend, Carl, author Angela Johnson opens up the Lottie's world to a whole new group: boys! Readers will enjoy the engaging, rhythmic prose while exploring Lottie's imagination and her favorite place, the library.

Illustrator Scott M. Fischer captures the vibrancy of these preschoolers. His illustrations are full of life and add incredible depth to each page. The colors are rich and fun, just like Lottie and Carl. Lottie Paris and the Best Place is also good for prompting discussions about proper behavior in the library and how to treat borrowed books. After kids get excited by this fun romp with Lottie, parents may want to make library visits a regular part of their family's schedule -- not a bad thing in a world of ebooks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their local library. What's your favorite section of the library? What kinds of books would you find there? What are some things you would like to learn about in the library?

  • How does Lottie Paris and the Best Place compare with the series starter, Lottie Paris Lives Here? How does art help convey Lottie's personality?

  • Name three things you shouldn't do with library books?

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