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What is Books to Treasure?

The Tulsa City-County Library treasures books... but we treasure children more! That is the idea behind the Books To Treasure program, which is celebrating its 16th anniversary in 2018. The goal is to celebrate the beauty and power of children’s literature and inspire a love of reading in children. Sponsored by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation since 2003, Books To Treasure has grown into a Tulsa tradition for all second-grade students in Tulsa County. These youngsters receive a free copy of a treasured illustrator's book, the chance to get their very own library card, and an opportunity to see the illustrator in person.

How Does it Work, and When?

The Books To Treasure “season” is in the fall. Children’s librarians and library staff visit schools in September and October to talk about the illustrator and talk about the importance of reading and the library. All second-grade children in Tulsa County receive a free copy of the featured book and the opportunity to get a special library card with artwork from the book.

In 2017, Tulsa County second-grade students received over 12,000 free books and 3,000 special library cards as part of the Books To Treasure program.

Shadra Strickland, this year’s Books To Treasure illustrator, will give a public presentation at the Hardesty Regional Library’s Connor Cove on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. This is an amazing opportunity for children to witness the creativity and passion that goes into illustrating a book, and to meet a “real life” illustrator.

Who Makes it Possible?

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 second grade students.

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Books to Treasure Featured Illustrators

2018 Shadra Strickland

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Shadra Strickland

Please Louise written by Slade Morrison and Toni Morrison, illustrated by Shadra Strickland.

Every second-grader in Tulsa County schools will receive a free copy of this beautifully illustrated book, which follows Louise on her journey to the library, where she finds the comforts and joys of imagination through books.

The Booklist review of Please Louise points out the importance of Shadra Strickland’s illustrations: “Strickland’s illustrations bring Louise ’s world to life; the objects of fear, in dark colors and threatening profiles, dominate the pages until the world of the library embraces her. Off comes her hooded coat, the sun comes out, and she now dominates her environment. We even see a close-up of her face, totally absorbed in a book, a friendly dog by her side. A cozy way to address the subject of fears—and to get children to the library.”

Author & Event Information

Meet Shadra Strickland!
Hardesty Regional Library, Connor's Cove
8316 E. 93rd Street
November 9 at 7:00 pm 
Book signing to follow. Books will be for sale.

Library card just for second graders!

All second-graders are invited to get their very own library card featuring art from Please Louise

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second-graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

Shadra Strickland

Lesson Plans based on Shadra Strickland

2017 Hannah E. Harrison

Book coverHannah E. Harrison

Hannah E. Harrison

Extraordinary Jane written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison.

Every second-grader in Tulsa County schools will receive a free copy of this beautifully illustrated book, which follows an everyday dog (Jane) and her life in a family of circus performers. She discovers that being yourself can be “extraordinary” – even if you can’t ride a unicycle or walk on a tightrope.

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly concludes: “Harrison's acrylic paintings, which blend realistic animal portraits with a charmingly old-fashioned circus setting to very funny effect, are the star of the show, but her understated storytelling and pacing are equally on the mark. Jane's under-the-radar helpfulness and all-around sweetness confirm the story's closing sentiment that being ‘a really good dog’ is something extraordinary in itself.”

Author & Event Information

Meet author and illustrator Hannah E. Harrison
Hardesty Regional Library, Connor's Cove
8316 E. 93rd Street
November 3 at 7:00 pm 
Book signing to follow. Books will be for sale.

Library card just for second graders!

All second-graders are invited to get their very own library card featuring art from Extraordinary Jane

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second-graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

Library card design

 

Lesson Plans based on Hannah E. Harrison's books

2016 Rafael Lopez

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Rafael Lopez

Tito Puente, Mambo King by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Every second-grader in Tulsa County schools will receive a free copy of this beautifully illustrated book. Tito Puente made music his entire life (1923-2000), bringing the Latin rhythms of mambo, salsa, and cha-cha to the masses. In this bilingual celebration of Puente’s life and music, readers will experience why he was so beloved – and will be inspired by the exuberant, energetic, and colorful illustrations.

Illustrator Information

Meet illustrator Rafael Lopez
Hardesty Regional Library, Connor's Cove
8316 E. 93rd Street
November 4 at 7:00 pm 
Book signing to follow. Books will be for sale.

Library card just for second graders!

All second-graders are invited to get their very own library card featuring art from Tito Puente, Mambo King

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second-graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans based on Rafael Lopez's Books

2015 Derek Anderson

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Derek Anderson

Hot Rod Hamster Monster Truck Mania by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Derek Anderson

Every second grader will receive their own copy of this book. It's Fair Day, and Fearless Franco's famous Monster Truck Mania has come to town.  Hot Rod Hamster and his friends are geared up for a roaring, soaring great time, so they set out to find the best ride at the fair.

Illustrator Information

Meet illustrator Derek Anderson
Hardesty Regional Library, Connor's Cove
8316 E. 93rd Street
November 13 at 7:00 pm 
Book signing to follow. Books will be for sale.

Derek Anderson's website

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from Hot Rod Hamster Monster Truck Mania!

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans based on Derek Anderson

2014 Philip C. Stead

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Philip C. Stead

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

Every second grader will receive their own copy of this book. Ruby is a small bird in a very big world, and she's looking for a friend. With simple text and charming illustrations, Philip Stead brings life to a gentle tale about tiny but fearless Ruby's quest to find her place in the world.

Author & Event Information

Meet author and illustrator Philip C. Stead
Hardesty Regional Library, Connor's Cove
8316 E. 93rd Street
November 14 at 7:00 pm 
Book signing to follow. Books will be for sale.

Philip C. Stead's website

Philip C. Stead's blog

More about the Philip and Erin Stead in Publisher's Weekly

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from A Home for Bird.

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans based on Philip C. Stead's books

2013 Peter Brown

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Peter Brown

You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown

Peter Browns' book titled You Will Be My Friend!  is the featured book for Books to Treasure, a Tulsa-City County Library event sponsored annually by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. Every second grader in Tulsa-County will receive a copy of Peter Brown’s book You Will Be My Friend!

You Will Be My Friend!  is a story about friendship. Lucille Beatrice Bear wakes up one morning DETERMINED to make a new friend. At first, she tries making friends nicely. When things don’t go the way she planned, she gets very frustrated. Lucy begins DEMANDING that animals be her friend. She finds out that this may not be the best way to actually make friends. Find out if Lucy learns a better way to make friends and if she is able to make a new friend!

Author Information

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from You Will Be My Friend!

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans Based on Peter Brown's Books & Art 

2012 Mo Willems

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Mo Willems

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems

Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising. Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes alligator surprises her by eating them. But what happens when Amanda brings home a special and not entirely welcome-surprise? The result might be unexpected indeed.

Author Information

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans Based on Mo Willems's Books & Art 

2011 Grace Lin

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Grace Lin

Lissy's Friends by Grace Lin

What do you do when you're the new girl at school? If you're Lissy, you make a friend. A paper friend. And to Lissy's surprise, her little origami bird opens his eyes and says hello! So she quickly makes more friends. And soon Lissy has more friends than she can count!But what do you do when your friends have to leave? If you're Lissy, you make another friend... but this time one that stays.Utterly imaginative and charming, Lissy's Friends is a fresh take on the importance of friendship.

Author Information

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from Lissy's Friends.

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans Based on Grace Lin's Books & Art 

2010 Steve Jenkins

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Steve Jenkins

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world's largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that's bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don't tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself-at their actual size.

Author Information

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from Actual Size.

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans Based on Steve Jenkins' Books & Art 

2009 Brad Sneed

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Brad Sneed

Aesop's Fables retold and illustrated by Brad Sneed

Retellings of fifteen fables from Aesop, including, among others, "The Stag at the Pool," "The Lion and the Mouse," and "The Vain Jackdaw."

Author Information

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from Aesop's Fables.

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans Based on Brad Sneed's Books & Art 

2008 Jim Arnosky

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Jim Arnosky

Raccoon on His Own by Jim Arnosky 

A curious young raccoon takes an unexpected trip downstream in a small wooden boat.

Author Information

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from Raccoon on His Own.

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans Based on Jim Arnosky's Books & Art 

2007 Floyd Cooper

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Floyd Cooper

I Have Heard of a Land by Joyce Carol Thomas and illustrated by Floyd Cooper 

Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.

Illustrator Information

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from I Have Heard of a Land.

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans Based on Floyd Cooper's Books & Art 

2006 Lisa Campbell Ernst

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Lisa Campbell Ernst

Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Born to be a cowgirl, city-dweller Hannah Mae O'Hannigan gets a pony for the back yard and practices herding hamsters before proving her worth on her Uncle Coot's ranch out West.

Author & Event Information

Library card just for second graders!

All second graders are invited to get their own special library card featuring art from Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show.

Teachers at Tulsa County schools have library card applications, or second graders may come to any Tulsa City-County Library with their parent/guardian and get the new card.

library card

Lesson Plans Based on Lisa Campbell Ernst's Books & Art 

2005 Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens

book coverCook-a-Doodle-Doo! 

By: Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

With the questionable help of his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake which would have pleased his great-grandmother, Little Red Hen.

 

Books to Treasure 2005 Library Card Design 

library card

Animals cooking.
From Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

Author Information

Lesson Plans Based on Janet Stevens' Books & Art 

2004 Arthur Howard

Arthur Howard

book coverSerious Trouble 

By: Arthur Howard 

Despite the objections of his very serious parents, Prince Ernest longs to become a jester, and this helps him in an encounter with a three-headed dragon.

 

Books to Treasure 2004 Library Card Design

library card



Prince Ernest zooming down the stairs. 
From Serious Trouble by Arthur Howard 

Author Information

  • Arthur Howard Interview

2003 Marla Frazee

Marla Frazee

book coverRollercoaster

By: Marla Frazee

Twelve people set aside their fears and ride a roller coaster, including one who has never done so before.

 

Author & Event Information

Lesson Plans Based on Marla Frazee's Books & Art