Children’s Books Coming Out in 2019

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2019 by Lyndsey

Welcome to the new year! There is a lot to look forward to in 2019, including exciting new book releases. While some of these books won’t be released for awhile, feel free to mark your calendars and begin the countdown to their arrival! 

Picture Books

“The Good Egg”- Jory John (Author) and Pete Oswald (Illustrator)Cover The Good Egg
It’s hard feeling like you have to be perfect all the time, especially when everyone else is rotten. Cover My Teacher is a RobotThe good egg must learn to take the pressure off himself and accept others, even when they’re not acting so egg-cellent. Publish date: February

“My Teacher is a Robot”- Jeffrey Brown
Fred thinks school is so boring because his teacher is a robot. Can his imagination get him through the day? Publish date: June

“I’m Trying to Love Math”- Bethany Barton Cover I'm Trying to Love Math
Math can sometimes be intimidating, but this humorous book answers the question, “When will I ever use this?” Discover amazing ways that math is used and learn how math isn’t so scary; it can actually be fun! Publish date: July

“My Big Bad Monster”- A.N. Kang
One girl becomes fed up with her monster of self-doubt. With a little help and determination, she learns how to make the monster vanish. Publish date: July Continue reading “Children’s Books Coming Out in 2019”

2018 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Everybunny Dance!

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Lyndsey

Everybunny Dance“Ready bunny, steady bunny, everybunny dance!” Ellie Sandall’s book, the Missouri Building Block Award nominee “Everybunny Dance,” invites you to join the bunnies in a dance party. This is a fun book that encourages both play and exercise (which is why you may have seen it in our last blog—”Post-Turkey Wobble”). The bunnies have an exciting time twisting and twirling, playing instruments and singing loudly. Suddenly, an unexpected visitor arrives. Everybunny hides, but not for long! The bunnies want to give everyone a chance, and dancing is a great way to include others and make new friends.

For a fun, energetic activity with your kids, you can play, “Hop like a bunny.” This game practices counting and gross motor skills. Use simple instructions like, “Let’s hop one time. Now hop twice!” See how many times you can hop up and down, and then mix it up by hopping on one foot. Practice directional skills by having everyone hop forward, backward and side to side. The possibilities are endless!

Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite. Voting is open to children kindergarten and younger, and it goes through the end of the year. The winner will be announced in February.

2018 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Plankton Is Pushy

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 by Lyndsey

Plankton Is Pushy book coverPlankton likes to say hello to all his fellow sea creatures, but what happens when Mussel doesn’t return the greeting? Plankton gets pushy!

Jonathan Fenske’s book, “Plankton Is Pushy,” is a 2018 Missouri Building Block nominee that is entertaining to read aloud and requires a bit of acting. In order to get Mussel to talk, Plankton tries everything from lecturing him to begging. The surprise ending will leave you and your audience giggling. Although this book is written in conversational style, many of the pages have no words at all. Readers must rely on body language and facial expression alone to understand the character dynamics. This is a great social skill for younger kids to learn!

After you’ve finished reading “Plankton Is Pushy,” you and your little one can create an ocean themed sensory bottle. These are great for exploration and also a good way to calm down, especially when one might be feeling a little pushy! Continue reading “2018 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Plankton Is Pushy”

2018 Missouri Building Block Nominee: The Giant Jumperee

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2018 by Lyndsey

The Giant Jumperee book coverOnce 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.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Lyndsey

Ghosts by Raina TDid 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”

Check Out Instruments for Little Ones

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 by Lyndsey

Play as Learning Kit 7Ready 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.  

National Kitten Day!

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018 by Lyndsey

KittenKittens! 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:

Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2018 by Lyndsey

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!

Music Makers and Toys book coverYour 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.

Music Is... by Brandon Stosuy book cover

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!

April Showers Bring…STEAM Activities!

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Lyndsey

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 Book cover of "Things That Float and Things That Don't" by David Adlerdown 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 funbe 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.

National Nutrition Month

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Lyndsey

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!

Book cover of Our Food by Grace Lin and Ranida McKneally

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.Book cover of Grow It Cook It

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”