2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Wolfie the Bunny

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 by Josh

Wolfie the Bunny book coverThe Bunny family comes home to find a bundled wolf baby on their front door. Oh, what joy! Mama and Papa are smitten with the baby, but their daughter, Dot, is not convinced. “He’s going to eat us all up!” she cries, but Mama and Papa are too busy taking pictures of cute little baby Wolfie to listen. Is Dot right? Is the Bunny family putting themselves in harm’s way by taking a newborn wolf into their home?

The Missouri Building Block nominee “Wolfie the Bunny,” written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora, is a silly story with humor throughout. The pacing is excellent and is perfect for reading aloud, making it a real winner for storytime. It also features bunnies wearing cute outfits! What’s not to love?

Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite.

2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Lion Lessons

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2017 by Josh

Once every week, starting today, we will be writing about all ten Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees for 2017! These award nominees encourage reading aloud to children and are selected annually by a group of children’s librarians from Missouri. The books nominated for this award make for exciting and engaging story times for any group of kids. First up, we have “Lion Lessons” by Jon Agee!

Picture of character in "Lion Lessons"

In this story, a young boy takes lessons to become a lion. It’s easy to get your Lion Diploma; just follow seven simple steps! But when our little protagonist tries to ROAR like a lion, his teacher isn’t impressed. When he tries to pounce like a lion, he is mistaken for a little kitty cat. Becoming a lion is a lot harder than it seems! Will he ever get his Lion Diploma?

As is typical with Agee, this book is filled with plenty of charm and humor. Kids will love acting out the steps to becoming a lion, including roaring, prowling and barring their teeth like a ferocious beast! Continue reading “2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Lion Lessons”

Resources We Love – World Book Online

Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 by Josh

World Book Kids

World Book Online Reference Center is a wonderful resource for all things educational! Within this resource, you will find World Book Kids and World Book Early World of Learning, which are electronic encyclopedias filled to the brim with multimedia, interactivity and educational games for kids. World Book caters to multiple kinds of learning and is great for school project research. It’s also fun to explore the site for whatever catches your interest!

Just today while I was clicking around, I learned about lots of fun things. I discovered that there are extinct giant kangaroos, I watched a video of a powerful hurricane and I also learned how to make a volcano science project! What can you discover?

To start learning, you can follow the link from our website here. To see all of our other resources, head here!

International Holidays: Bastille Day

Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017 by Josh

Photograph of Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day

The Fourth of July is nearly upon us! In the U.S.A, July 4 is when we celebrate our Independence Day, but did you know that another big country celebrates its independence in July as well? On July 14, France celebrates La Fête Nationale, also known as Bastille Day. Be careful though, the French actually never call it Bastille Day!

The United States chose their independence day because it was the very day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted, essentially ending the American Revolution. France’s holiday, however, symbolizes the beginning of their revolution, rather than the end. July 14, 1789 was the day of the Storming of the Bastille, the battle that ignited the French Revolution that would ultimately end in their independence from the French Monarchy and feudalism. Continue reading “International Holidays: Bastille Day”

Storyteller Lyn Ford + Storytelling Tips!

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 by Josh

Photograph of storyteller Lyn FordNext week, we will be hosting the award-winning storyteller Lyn Ford at our Southern Boone County, Callaway County, and Columbia library branches. She uses her unique “Affrilachian” (African-American and Appalachian) style to captivate audiences of all ages.

To celebrate Lyn coming to our libraries, I want to provide a few simple storytelling tips for you and your little ones. Storytelling can seem daunting, but anybody can do it! Here are a few general tips that many of us at the library follow that make for a fun story time.

Interact with your children when reading or telling a story. This is not only fun, but it is also better for keeping your child’s attention. Incorporate “call and response” songs, fingerplays and catchy tunes to make your kids feel like they are a part of the story! Continue reading “Storyteller Lyn Ford + Storytelling Tips!”

Books We Love: The Little Prince

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Josh

The Little Prince,” is children’s chapter book full appeal for children and adults alike, and it also happens to be my favorite book of all time! It was originally written in French in 1943 by WWII pilot Antione de Saint-Exupéry. It’s revered as a classic and is the most translated French work, now in more than 250 languages and dialects.

"The Little Prince" book coverThe story revolves around a pilot who crash-lands in the middle of the desert only to mysteriously meet a strange little boy, a little prince. The boy tells the pilot about his journey getting to the desert; he explains why he left his home on a tiny asteroid, the planets he’s visited, the people he’s met along the way and the lessons he’s learned.

The little prince and the many other characters that inhabit the world are bursting with charm. There’s a king who thinks he rules the universe but has no subjects, a man who believes he is the richest and most handsome man on his planet and many other quirky characters.

Continue reading “Books We Love: The Little Prince”

Peter Rabbit Celebration and Craft!

Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 by Josh

Photograph of a girl and a rabbit

Next week, the Columbia Public Library will be celebrating out favorite mischievous little bunny with our Peter Rabbit and Friends Celebration!

Tuesday, March 14 • 5:30-7 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Join us for crafts and activities that celebrate rabbits, carrots and the classic tales of Beatrix Potter. Ages 3-7 with adult.

Beatrix Potter had a wonderful way of weaving beautifully illustrated children’s tales. Today I’ll show you a quick and easy rabbit craft to celebrate Beatrix Potter and the fact that spring is just around the corner!

Continue reading “Peter Rabbit Celebration and Craft!”

Black History Month for Kids

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 by Josh

"Jazz Playground" CD coverFebruary is Black History Month! It’s a fantastic time to teach your children about historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. However, instead of just teaching history, try immersing your kids in black and African culture. Teaching children to embrace people and cultures of all types will help them become more loving and open as they grow up. Here are some suggestions of new ways to celebrate Black History Month.

Music! Music is a core part of any culture, and it’s easy to overlook music that we did not grow up with. Listening to genres like jazz, blues and hip-hop helps kids to gain insight on black history and culture. Continue reading “Black History Month for Kids”

New Year, New Books!

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by Josh

2017 looks like it’s going to be a great year for children’s literature. There are tons of new children’s books coming out, but the three I’m most looking forward to are “Nancy Clancy: Late-Breaking News!” “We’re All Wonders” and “The Lengend of Rock Paper Scissors.”

“Nancy Clancy: Late-Breaking News!” "Nancy Clancy: Late-Breaking News!" book cover
Jane O’Connor – Release: 02/28/2017

If you a fan of the “Fancy Nancy” picture books, you’ll love the “Nancy Clancy” chapter books feature a slightly older Nancy. “Late-Breaking News” is the finale to the series and finds Nancy trying to be the star reporter of the Third Grade Gazette. There will be plenty of mystery, mischief and fun to be had! Continue reading “New Year, New Books!”

Kindness Goes a Long Way

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Josh

Kindness is a facet of everyday life that is often overlooked. It tends to be taken for granted, rarely emphasized and easily forgotten. Kindness, or lack thereof, begins to cultivate itself at a very young age, so it is imperative to nurture a child with the understanding that kindness always has a place in this world.

Below are some book suggestions that focus on kindness. By the end of each story, your heart will feel a little fuller, and you’ll feel like paying it forward.

"Last Stop On Market Street" book coverLast Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña

This book focuses on a grandson by the name of CJ and his grandmother as they take their public transportation ride to their last stop on Market Street. CJ asks a lot of “how” and “why” questions as he looks around and sees a world full of things that seem unfair, boring or dirty. His grandmother is quick to help CJ appreciate the beauty in dirty street corners and to be thankful for what they have. Continue reading “Kindness Goes a Long Way”