On Wednesday 14th February, I went to Oxford to visit the Story Museum to see Joseph Coelho talk about 'Luna Loves Library Day'. The session started with some lively poems which Joseph had everyone joining in with. The atmosphere was really good with lots of laughter!
Joseph then shared 'Luna Loves Library Day', a lovely book which celebrates the joys of the library. As Luna and her dad explore various books, they seem to come to life and fill the library with their magic. Each book goes into her library bag- creating a bag ' full of memories about adventure, magic...and Dad.' Luna's parents are no longer together and library day is a special time she shares with her Dad. In the middle of the book, there is a copy of the fairy tale they share , 'The Troll King and the Mermaid Queen' which is the story of a 'wave surfing Princess' whose parents do not get on and so the Troll King leaves. However, 'one thing always remained the same: "My love for my princess daughter swells my heart with the force of the tides..." - the message of this story reassuring to Luna- and any children in a similar situation.
The illustrations are a joy, showing children loving the library and exploring books of all shapes and sizes. The end papers at the beginning of the book (above) show children waiting for the library to open whilst those at the end show them relaxing and reading. They also show the love Luna and her father share.
Joseph read the story, 'finding' copies of the books around the room as he did so and the audience was delighted by the surprises this produced!
Finishing with some great performance poems, the session was a brilliant success, greatly enjoyed by everyone- including Fed Ted who joined me for the day!
Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers
Anderson Press ISBN: 978-1783445486