Every second-grader will receive a copy of Tito Puente, Mambo King, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael Lopez.
Students, parents, educators and the public can see Rafael Lopez at a public presentation and book-signing on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Connor's Cove at Hardesty Regional Library.Explore lesson plans and resources for the books that Rafael Lopez has illustrated here.
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 14th anniversary in 2016. 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.
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 2015, 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.
Rafael Lopez, this year’s Books To Treasure illustrator, will give a public presentation at the Hardesty Regional Library’s Connor Cove on Friday, November 4, 2016 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.
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.
Explore lesson plans and resources for this year's author/illustrator as well as past honored illustrators.
- 2016 - Rafael Lopez
- 2015 - Derek Anderson
- 2014 - Philip C. Stead
- 2013 - Peter Brown
- 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