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Story: Blancing the Books

By Teresa Bateman | Art by Susan Batori

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Becca loves to read books of any genre—but she always runs out too quickly! Read this story to find out how she solves the problem.
Balancing the Books

On Monday, Becca biked to the library. She found a book on horses.  

“Great!” she said. She checked it out and home she sped. 

One book. 

One basket. 

One girl on a bike—pedaling home with a book that she’ll like. 

The book was so good that she finished it fast. Good books are like that. They just don’t last. 

The next Monday, Becca biked back to the library. She knew just what she had to do. Get TWICE as many. She found two. Mummies and monsters.  

“Perfect!” she said. She checked them out and home she sped. 

Two books. 

One basket. 

One girl on a bike—pedaling home with some books that she’ll like. 

The books were so good that she finished them fast. She waited around until a whole week  
had passed. 

The next Monday, Becca biked to the library again. This time she knew she would need more. TWICE as many—that made FOUR. 

Four books. 

One basket. 

One girl on a bike—pedaling home with some books that she’ll like.

The books were so good, they seemed to fly. Then she waited and sighed until a week had gone by. 

The next Monday, Becca biked back to the library. She hurried in, could hardly wait. Twice more again. She checked out EIGHT! 

Eight books. 

One basket. 

One girl on a bike—pedaling home with some books that she’ll like. 

The books were so good that she finished them fast. (Though she tried, really tried, to make the books last.) 

The next Monday, Becca biked back to the library. Reading was great! Amazing. Keen. She’d get TWICE as many. She checked out 16. 

Sixteen books. 

One basket. 

One girl on a bike—pedaling home with some books that she’ll like. 

But with books stacked so high, she could just barely see. And the bike started weaving alarmingly. 

She made it home—whew!without causing a crash. She read all the books in sort of a dash. 

But now Becca thought of the two weeks ahead. Twice 16 would be 32, and twice 32 would be so much more. Her bike basket just couldn’t hold 64! 

Then it hit her. Her horrible fate. In three weeks, she’d need 128! Then 256! What could she do? She thought and she thought for a day, maybe two. 

Finally, her sister decided to speak. “Don’t you know that the library’s open all week?” 

The next day, Becca biked back to the library. She loved to read. That much was true. She found good books and checked out . . . two. 

Two books. 

One basket. 

One girl on a bike—pedaling home with some books that she’ll like. 

The books were so good that she finished them fast. Good books are like that. They just  
don’t last. 

But now, when she’s done, Becca hops on her bike and hurries to pick out more books that she’ll like. 

She’s there every day, her joy guaranteed—for as everyone knows, readers just have to read.