Production Number

1-07 (7)


February 9, 1999

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Books is the 7th episode of Elmo's World.

What is Elmo Thinking about Today?


Elmo opens his door which is full of shelves of books. Unprovoked, the shelves break in unison, dumping the books on the floor.

Mr. Noodle

Dorothy wants to know how you read a book. Mr. Noodle sits on a book, examines the binder, and holds the book upside-down without ever successfully reading the book properly.
Elmo and the Kids tell him to turn it upside-down, so he sits in a chair on his head to read.

Dorothy Wants to Ask Someone Else


Kids read some books, one of which starts with the line "Put Down the Duckie."

Elmo Has a Question for You


Elmo counts five books filling up a bookshelf.



Elmo tells the audience who reads books and who doesn't. Pineapples don't. Cats don't, but you can read a book about cats to your cat. Birthday cakes don't, but you can get a book for a birthday present. Beds don't, but the Count can read books in bed.



Elmo's friend Michael goes to the library with his dad to get a book on dinosaurs.



The Book Channel airs a program about a girl who loves books. Coming up next: "Our Miss Books" starring Book Shields.



Elmo talks to two books. One is a picture book about the circus.

Tickle Me Land

Taking a note from the circus book, Dorothy imagines Elmo as a tightrope walker. And from other books, she sees him as a cowboy, and as a brave knight challenging Mr. Dragon.

Elmo's Home Video


Elmo presents his home video he made about Dorothy's favorite book, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.



  • This episode can be found on the VHS and DVD of Elmo's World, Dancing, Music and More.
  • This episode uses the original boing sound again. it is used when the door opens twice, the first time on a D flat in the guess what Elmo's thinking about today segment, and the second time on an E Flat during the interview. Both scenes have no ascending slide sound effect for some reason. However, when the interview ends, and when Elmo says goodbye to the book, he closes it halfway, and you can hear half the descending slide sound effect, continues to say goodbye, and closes the other half of his door, and you can hear the other half of the descending slide sound effect, and finally, the original boing sound effect played in D flat as the door is completely closed. It is still the same sound as it closed, but sounds sparsely modified.

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