Once a week, starting today, we will be writing about all ten Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees for 2018. 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. For the first nominee, we’ll start with Julia Donaldson’s, “The Giant Jumperee.”
We’ve all been scared of things that we can’t see, whether it be a situation or a mysterious monster. In this story, Rabbit comes home to find his burrow occupied by a Giant Jumperee who is “scary as can be!” Cat, Bear, and Elephant try to help Rabbit, but the Giant Jumperee is just too frightening. Will Mama Frog be able to face the unknown and help Rabbit take back his burrow? This book looks at our fear of the unknown in a lighthearted way and reminds us that things aren’t always what they seem.
After you’ve read the book, Penguin Books has provided printable activity sheets that you and your child can enjoy together. Practice observation skills by searching for the differences between two pictures, and then get a chance to draw your own Giant Jumperee!
Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite.
Did you know September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month? This celebration has been around since 1968 in honor of the great influence and contributions Hispanic Americans have made in the United States.
To celebrate, you can come to DBRL’s Spanish Story Time/Hora de cuentos en familia! Learn new words while listening to stories and songs in Spanish. This program is for native and non-native speakers alike and is for ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration is not required.
Our libraries also have books in Spanish that include board books, picture books and chapter books. A few of my favorites include “Fantasmas” by Raina Telgemeier, “Con cariño, Amalia” by Alma Flor Ada and “La granja de los siete establos” by Roberto Aliaga. You can check out the rest of our Spanish collection here.
These titles are great if you and your child would like to learn more about Hispanic culture and famous Hispanic Americans: Continue reading “National Hispanic Heritage Month”
Ready to rock out with your little ones while encouraging early literacy skills? Then check out our PAL kits, which are full of toys, books and CDs for kids ages birth-2.
One of our favorite PAL kits is getting a brand new look, complete with new activities, books and instruments. PAL kit 7: Encouraging Music and Movement will now feature shakers, a tambourine and a mini piano! Move and groove with your instruments and rainbow wristbands while listening to “The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band.”
When you’re all tired out from dancing, sit down and enjoy one of the four new books included in the kit. “Touch and Feel Farm” is a classic sensory book that will delight any child. “Dancing Feet!” “I Can Dance” and “Let’s Dance, Little Pookie” are rhyming books that teach kids about dance and invites them to join in the fun.
Interested in checking PAL 7 out? If so, place a hold online to pick it up at your library or bookmobile.
Kittens! It’s hard not to get excited when you see these oh-so-adorable fluff balls. July 10 is National Kitten Day, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate! Now is the purrfect time to adopt or foster a kitten in need of a home! Or, if that’s too much of a commitment, you can simply look at pictures of kittens. According to The Washington Post, looking at pictures of baby animals increases productivity. No, seriously!
Looking for a good book about kittens? The library has books for new cat owners as well as silly stories about these mischievous pets.
Check out some of these titles:
Most people have been influenced by music, whether it be classical, folk, pop, hip-hop or rock. Kids love to clap along and sing to their favorite tunes. So why not encourage them to participate in the music and learn how to play an instrument?
Learning how to play an instrument offers many benefits, and it can be super fun! Playing a musical instrument can–
- Help with expression.
- Enhance self-esteem and responsibility.
- Increase math and reading comprehension skills.
- Require the interpretation of symbols in order to play the correct notes at the right time. The developing brain craves this type of workout!
Your child could learn how to play the piano, trombone, cello, the didgeridoo or even a homemade instrument. If you are looking for a DIY instrument, “Music Makers & Toys” has instructions for creating tambourines, box guitars and a kazoo.
“My First Classical Music Book” by Genevieve Helsby teaches kids where music is heard, who writes it and what the instruments sound like. The book even comes with a CD that has classical songs from the Harry Potter films to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.
For the younger kids, “Music Is…” by Brandon Stosuy is a beautifully illustrated board book that introduces the most simple concepts of music.
For more information on the amazing benefits of music you can visit the Peterson Family Foundation website. And be sure to look for all of the upcoming music-related DBRL events for our “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Program!
We understand that getting to the library and checking out materials can be hard if you don’t live near our library branches. That’s why we have our bookmobiles and our Library-To-Go lockers. But did you know that DBRL provides a free service every summer where we mail books to kids and teens in our rural service areas? This program is called Books by Snail, and we’ve been providing this service for 10 years thanks to the Missouri State Library!*
Getting started with Books by Snail is easy. First, sign up for the program. Just tell us what books your kids would like to start with (or we can choose some for them). With return postage already paid, we mail the books to your home. When your kids are done reading, send us the books back along with your request for more. Your kids will also be signed up for the library’s Summer Reading program, which means they will get a reward if they track their reading and complete some fun activities.
Students who attend school in one of the school districts below are eligible to participate!
- Holts Summit
- Kingdom City
- New Bloomfield
We’ll begin mailing books the last week of May and continue through August 3, but you can sign up now! If you have any questions or would like more information, call 1-800-324-4806.
*This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
It’s finally spring! As warmer weather approaches, we can expect plenty of rain. Many people associate rain with long days stuck indoors, but encouraging kids to play out in the rain is a great way to keep them active and expand their imagination.
Are you looking to incorporate more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities into your child’s life? Have them design and build boats out of aluminum foil, then race them down streams or see if they float in a puddle. Let your kids experiment with the shape of the boats to see which float the best. Then add twigs and little rocks to see how much weight each boat can carry. When you’re ready to warm up inside, you can read “Things That Float and Things That Don’t” by David Adler. This book is full of illustrations and simple definitions for complex subjects such as density and buoyancy.
For more nautical STEAM-inspired fun, be sure to sign up for the Wiggle-Bot Boats program at the Columbia Public Library on Monday, April 23. Kids age 8 and older will have the opportunity to design and build a motorized robot boat. And, even better, they get to keep their creations! Registration begins April 10.
March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is “Go Further with Food.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants to inspire kids and adults to choose foods that are healthy for their bodies as well as for the environment. Teaching kids about food and how to prepare it is a great way to build healthy habits and learn lifelong skills.
The library has many cookbooks specifically geared towards kids. Check out some of these titles, and enjoy some tasty treats with your child!
“Our Food“ by Grace Lin
“Our Food” is filled with fun pictures and short poems, answering important questions like, “What are fruits, and why are they so colorful?” or “Why do I have to eat my vegetables?” Your child will learn all about the different food groups and how they fuel our bodies.
“Grow It Cook It” by DK Publising
This cookbook not only provides enjoyable recipes but also teaches kids how to grow their own produce! Growing your own food gives your family a deeper understanding of where your meals comes from. It is safer to eat, produces less waste and is a great way to spend time together. Continue reading “National Nutrition Month”
There is something magical about being read to, which is why I absolutely love listening to audiobooks. The library offers many ways to listen to your favorite audiobooks, including audio CDs, downloadables on the Hoopla or Libby app and Playaways. Playaways are easy to use, preloaded audiobooks, and they are great for kids! They are durable and come with a lanyard, so kids can listen to them on the go. Playaways can be used with standard headphones or they can be plugged into external speakers and car adapters. I enjoy using Playaways when walking to class or completing chores.
We have a wide variety for every reader. Check out one of our newer playaways, “Short” by Holly Goldberg Sloan, or listen to a classic like “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco.
For a complete list of children’s Playaways available at our branches, click here.
Looking to encourage more creativity in your child this year? Pick up a pencil, crayon or marker and start drawing! Drawing has many benefits for kids of all ages. It develops fine motor skills, sparks imagination, builds confidence and can even be therapeutic.
Need a little help getting started? Art for Kids Hub is a great website that has hundreds of videos teaching kids (and adults) how to draw, paint, sculpt and fold origami.
Rob at Art for Kids Hub draws with his own kids, so children get to see a professional and peer drawing side by side. Kids of any ability are encouraged to create unique masterpieces and are reminded to have fun with it. The lessons range from drawing a cartoon pizza to Harry Potter.
You can start the drawing lessons on their website or on YouTube.
Continue reading “Fun Art Resources for Kids”