Top 20 Children’s Books of 2017

Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2017 by Kristy

As 2017 comes to an end, the children’s staff at DBRL have been reminiscing about the fabulous new books that arrived on our shelves this year. While it’s hard to pick a favorite, there are some books that stood apart from the rest. Here are our favorite 20 favorite books for kids published in 2017.

Around the World in a Bathtub book coverAround the World in a Bathtub: Bathing All Over the Globe” written by Wade Bradford and illustrated by Micha Archer
This book shows how everywhere in the world, parents have to coax children into the bath. In many different languages you hear “no, no” from children and “yes, yes” from parents, until it’s time to get out and the words reverse.
~Jerilyn

Assassin's Curse book coverAssassin’s Curse” by Kevin Sands
“Assassin’s Curse” is the third in the Blackthorn Key series and is just as compelling as the first two! Young Christopher Rowe travels to Paris with his friends Tom and Sally to crack the curse on the royal family and find the treasure of the Knights Templar. The book is very well written historical fiction with lots of puzzles, mystery, poison, ciphers and action. And the best part–it looks like there will be a number four!
~Mark

Big Cat, Little Cat book coverBig Cat, Little Cat” by Elisha Cooper
Big Cat learns to live with new Little Cat, who doesn’t stay little forever. It’s a sweet story of friendship, life and death (without being sad).
~Katie Continue reading “Top 20 Children’s Books of 2017”

Soup and Story

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Kristy

Today, I get to head out of the library to entertain some preschoolers with a short story time about soup! It’s the perfect time of year for this warm and cozy theme, so I thought I would my favorite book and song about soup with you too.

So, whip up some soup, snuggle up with your little one and give these a try!"Mean Soup" book cover

First, read “Mean Soup” by Betsy Everitt. It follows a young boy named Horace who has had a bad day. Luckily, his mom knows just what to do when he gets home–make soup! Together, they yell into the soup and stick their tongues, venting their frustrations into the boiling pot. Will Horace’s day turn around? Check out the book to find out.

Next, sing this call and repeat song adapted from Jbrary’s “I Am Hungry

I am hungry.
What should I eat?
I think I’ll have pizza soup.
Without any meat!

I am hungry.
What should I eat?
I think I’ll have tomato soup.
With lots of heat!

I am hungry.
What should I eat?
I think I’ll have chocolate soup
Cold and sweet!

Feel free to swap in other soups you enjoy.

2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Frog On a Log?

Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017 by Kristy

Frog on a Log book coverIn the Missouri Building Block nominee “Frog on a Log?” written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Jim Field, readers get to experience an oddball conversation between a frog and cat. The cat wants the frog to sit on a log, but the frog refuses, instead asking if he can sit on a mat. And this is where the conversation spirals into chaos! Only cats can sit on mats, only mules can sit on stools, only lions can sit on irons, and only parrots can sit on carrots! This book continues to get sillier and sillier as it continues, guaranteeing giggles and laughs from your readers, old and young alike.

After you’ve read the book, walk around your house with your child. Find different items, and come up with rhymes for what can sit on them. (For example, “Only pugs can sit on rugs!”) Make up the funniest rhymes you can imagine!

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: Dragon Was Terrible

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 by Kristy

Dragon Was Terrible book coverIf you think that dragons are noble, selfless creatures, you’re mistaken in Dragon’s case in the Missouri Building Block nominee “Dragon Was Terrible” by Kelly DiPucchio. Dragon starts out the book by proving his terribleness–he depants the castle guards, spits on cupcakes and even scribbles in books. The king hires knights to try to tame dragon’s bad attitude, but none succeed. Who will finally civilize the dreaded Dragon? Read the book to find out!

Once you’ve read the book, build a castle of your own! You can use blocks, LEGO bricks or you can build it with boxes from around the house. Once you’ve made the castle, you can reenact the book with either you or your little one playing as dragon.

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: There’s a Giraffe in My Soup

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 by Kristy

Illustration from "There's a Giraffe in My Soup"Have you ever found something weird in your food? Like a piece of lint or a hair? In the Missouri Building Block nominee “There’s a Giraffe in My Soup,” a little boy gets something even weirder in his bowl of grub–animals! First, the boy is surprised to find a giraffe in his soup. Aghast, the waiter runs to get him a fresh bowl. The silliness ensues with new animals in his soup each time, from alligators to ostriches. This lively, quirky book is sure to send your kiddos into fits of laughter.

A great rhyme that pairs well with this book is “The Yellow Giraffe.” Give it a try with your kids.

The yellow giraffe is as tall as can be (stand and reach up high)
His lunch is a bunch of leaves off a tree (pretend to grab leaves)
He has a very long neck (point to neck)
And his legs are long, too (point to legs)
And he can run faster than his friends in the zoo (run in place)

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

Photo by Ross Burach on rossburach.com

Pumpkin Contest Winners

Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2017 by Kristy

Photo of Pumpkin Parade winners

On October 10, the Columbia Public Library had its first ever “Pumpkin Parade.” Teens and adults carved or painted pumpkins based on the themes of reading, libraries or book characters. We invited kids to the library to judge and vote for their favorites. There were 12 book-inspired pumpkin submissions, and 217 folks came by to view them!

The three winners were “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Cinderella” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Congratulations!

Vote for the 2017 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 by Kristy

circle-bear-colorListed below are the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees for 2017! These books encourage reading aloud to children and are selected annually by a group of children’s librarians from Missouri.

Read to your child at least five of the books from the following list of 10 titles, and then vote for your favorite. Voting is open to children in kindergarten and younger and goes through December. The winner will be announced in February. Continue reading “Vote for the 2017 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award”

Comforting Reads for Difficult Times

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Kristy

Photo of a sad boxI’ve always found that reading can help kids (and adults!) work through difficulties and problems. When times get hard, books can be a great resource for discussing, dealing with and explaining tough topics.

I recently found an amazing book list created by the Association for Library Service to Children. This list, called Comforting Reads for Difficult Times, was created to help youth going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more. It is geared towards youth from grades K-8 and includes a resource list for adults, including helpful books, articles and websites.

Looking for more books covering tough topics? Check out this list compiled by DBRL staff.

Free Tutoring at the Library

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 by Kristy

photo of a child practicing mathCould your child benefit from tutoring sessions? Do they need some assistance with reading or math homework? If so, tutors from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s A Way With Words and Numbers are available to help!

Tutoring is available for students in grades K-7 for FREE on a first-come, first-served basis starting tomorrow, September 12! Just bring your child to the Children’s Desk at the Columbia Public Library. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and parents must remain in the building.

Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tutoring is available during most of MU’s fall and spring semesters (September through early December; late January through early May). Call the library at (573) 443-3161 for more information.

Book Lists for Kids

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Kristy

photograph of teddy bear readingDid you know that we have book lists for children from infancy to sixth grade? Library staff maintains these lists, making sure there’s a good mix of classic and new titles. We also choose books that are age-appropriate and the right reading level for your young readers.

Click on the links below to peruse these hand-picked book lists. You can also stop by your library or bookmobile to pick up a printed version. Happy reading!