The bonus? Later in the year when you want to use one of those books for a writing mini-lesson, you can say, "Remember when we read this book? Well today we're going to visit just a piece of it as we talk about...."
This is a story of a little mouse who lives in the library and reads book after book every night. One evening he decides to write a book of his own and tucks the tiny book onto the library shelf. He writes several more books and the librarian leaves him a note inviting him to a "Meet the Author" gathering to share his secrets to writing. The mouse is too shy to come to the gathering, but he sets up a box that says "Meet the Author". When the children peer in to the box, they see themselves in a tiny mirror. Next to the box are small blank books and pencils for everyone to try writing their own book!
I love to read this story and have tiny books all stapled and ready to go. There is something magical about writing in a tiny book and I use one of the mini pocket charts from target to display our newest treasures! How fun!