Project Description

Activity Kit

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

by Lisa Papp

Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. But, stars are for good readers. Stars are for understanding words, and for saying them out loud.

Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad; when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow. And to keep trying.

With endearing illustrations, Lisa Papp brings an inspiring and comforting book to all new readers who just need a little confidence to overcome their fears.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-910-0
Publication Date: 10/1/2016
Page Count: 32
Size: 9 1/2″ x 11”
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-059-4
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 9 1/2″ x 11”
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-140-9
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 2.3
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD370L
Themes: Dogs, Friendship, Libraries, Reading
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 3: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

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“So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a warm, encouraging story that suggests that perfection isn’t necessary in order to achieve one’s goals, and that help can be found in unexpected corners.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Papp’s pencil and watercolor illustrations are filled with delightful details….Books and dogs—what more could a little girl ask for? ―BookPage

“Softly colored scenes have an old-fashioned feel, and the especially appealing canine characters enhance the comforting tone of the narrative.” ―Booklist


Children’s Choice Book Awards Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year ―Children’s Book Council, 2017

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2016

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award ―Arkansas Department of Education.  2019

Delaware Diamonds Award (Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2018

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Prairie Bud Children’s Book Award ―South Dakota Library Association, South Dakota Reading Council, South Dakota State Library, South Dakota Elementary School Principals, 2018-2019

Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Grades K-2) ―Kentucky Association of School Librarians, 2017-2018

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Primary) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2017-2018

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2017

Carolyn W. Field Award (Honor Book) ―Pennsylvania Library Association, 2017

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Awards (Nominee) ―Arkansas Department of Education, 2018-2019

Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Florida Reading Association, 2017-2018

California Young Reader Medal (Nominee, Primary) ―CRA, CLA, CATE, CSLA, 2020-2021

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2017-2018

Golden Sower Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Nebraska Library Association, 2018-2019

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2018-2019

Treasure State Award (Nominee) ―Montana State Reading Council, 2018

Volunteer State Book Awards (Nominee, Primary) ―Tennessee Library Association, Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2018-2019

Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―Washington Library Media Association, 2018

Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2018-2019

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Lisa Papp grew up telling stories. With a notebook full of sketches, her early tales featured her cat, stuffed animals, and other nature-y things. Today, Lisa is still making up stories and painting pictures, only now, they fill the pages of children’s books. She has received awards for both her writing and illustration, including a 2011 NAPPA Honor Award, 2012 Storytelling Award, and the 2013 PA Keystone to Reading Award. Lisa lives in Pennsylvania, with her husband, Robert, also an artist, and three wildly creative cats— to whom she does read. You can visit her website here.