Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018 by Megan

Giving Thanks book coverAs Thanksgiving draws near, I was challenged to find a children’s picture book that represented the first Thanksgiving from a Native American perspective. Sadly, there weren’t a lot to choose from, but my favorite was “Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message” by Jake Swamp. This text is an adaptation of the Mohawk Thanksgiving address, and at the end of the book there is a condensed version of the English text translated into the Mohawk language or kaniakehala.

Chief Swamp’s words are straightforward and easy for children to understand, and the entire book is a beautiful and elegant way to take into account everything from the fish in the sea to the stars in the sky. I highly recommend getting this book on audio so that you can hear the traditional words at the end. However, the print edition has bold illustrations that are a wonderful companion to the powerful sentiment expressed.

Practicing gratitude is something I try to do all year long, but it is especially meaningful during this time of the year. For a simple way to help your little ones understand and express gratitude for the people and things around them, you can create your own gratitude garland.

Gratitude Garland Continue reading “Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message”

Graphic Novels We Love: Anne of Green Gables

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 by Megan

Anne of Green Gables book cover

“I’m so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers.”- L.M. Montgomery

I have always been a fan of “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery.  My parents read me the first two books when I was in the second grade, and I was further hooked when I watched the “Anne of Green Gables” movie starring Megan Follows. Ever since then, I have devoured anything to do with my beloved Anne—including throwing myself an Anne of Green Gables themed party for my 31st birthday! Visiting Prince Edward Island is still high on my to do list, and I’m hoping to make the trek sometime in the not so distant future. My newest Anne find is the “Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel” by Kansas City native Mariah Marden. This a great read for both die-hards like myself and for folks who may be daunted by the prospect of reading all 440 pages of the original novel. The text touched on all of my favorite scenes—Anne discovering the White Way of Delight, Matthew fretting over Anne’s puff sleeves—and the playful illustrations by Brenna Thummler fully capture the quiet beauty of Avonlea that Montgomery so lovingly describes. For a perfect fall afternoon, grab a fuzzy blanket and a cup of cider and curl up with this book!

Free Tutoring at Columbia Public Library

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 by Megan

scrabble boardSchool has started, pencils have been sharpened, books have been cracked and tutors from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s A Way With Words & Numbers are back!

Tutoring is available for students in grades K-7 for FREE. During a tutoring session, your child will work with a MU undergraduate student in the children’s area for approximately 30 minutes. (Parents must remain in the building.) You may sign up for a tutoring time slot when you arrive at the library, though advance registration is also available online.

Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m at the Columbia Public Library. 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.

Podcasts We Love

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 by Megan

Child with headphonesIf you’ve read my other blogs, you know that I love to listen to audiobooks! I listen to kid’s books, teen books and every once in a while I get to listen to grownup books, too. But today I’m going to tell you about some podcasts that I’m obsessed with, because when I’m not listening to audiobooks, I enjoy listening to a good podcast. I wish I had more ears so I could listen to ALL THE THINGS!

There are so many kid’s podcasts, it can be hard to know where to start. Below, I have listed a few of my faves, but you can also check out this article from sayyes.com or this list of children’s book podcasts from readbrightly.com. All of the podcasts listed are about 30 minutes in length, so they’re perfect when doing little chores around the house or as entertainment for a long car ride. Happy listening! Continue reading “Podcasts We Love”

Books We Love: Animal Handprints

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 by Megan

Animal handprint art

What has two thumbs and loves this book? ME! From the moment I flipped through Handprint Animals” by Henu Mehtani and saw that I could turn my handprint into a walrus or a sheep, I was hooked! If you have a handprint, paper, paint and googly eyes, then you have all the makings for some fine art. Sadly, this book doesn’t include instructions on how to paint a unicorn. However, it does have instructions for a narwhal, which, as we all know, are the unicorns of the sea. Check out this book to see how you can make your own handy-works of art!

Animal Handprint book

Play Dough-Palooza Recap

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 by Megan

Last week, the Columbia Public Library hosted a lively group of kiddos and parents for our Play Dough-Palooza program. But don’t worry if you missed out on the fun! Using the printable dinner plate template, you and your little one can make a delicious play dough dinner, snack, or brunch. (It’s never too early to learn about the finer things in life.) For extra sensory sensations, you can even make your own scented play dough. See the recipe below. While it may be appealing to the eyes and nostrils, I wouldn’t recommend eating your creations, since you might surpass your sodium intake for the year.

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Read Harder Challenge 2018: Children’s Book Edition

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 by Megan

The Daniel Boone Regional Library is hosting a year-long program for adults called the Read Harder Challenge 2018. Book Riot, a literature website, publishes a challenge each year designed to encourage readers to “explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try.” You can find this year’s list on Book Riot’s website.

Though most of the challenges listed are for grown-up books, there are a couple of challenges that appeal to a younger audience. Here are the books I listened to in audiobook format for two of the challenges.

 The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

http://www.dbrl.org/cat/au/williams+garcia/ti/one+crazy+summerOne Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia.

I had planned to only listen to the first book in the series to complete this challenge, but I just couldn’t stop! The full series is read by Sisi Aisha Johnson, and her portrayal of Williams-Garcia’s characters is truly inspiring.

Picture it: The year is 1968 and eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are forced to spend the summer with their estranged mother in California. The sisters are expecting a summer filled with Tinker Bell and Disneyland, but instead they attend a Black Panther summer camp (the political movement, not the superhero). The series follows them over the course of a year and a half and covers everything from their discovery of the Jackson 5 to their melodramatic relatives in Alabama.

A children’s classic published before 1980

Watership Down book coverWatership Down” by Richard Adams.

This is a classic that I had often heard about but had never actually read before, and I loved it! One of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was finding out how it originally came to be. Adams said he would often tell stories in the car to his daughters, and on a particularly long trip, they demanded something new. So he told them the story of what would later become “Watership Down.” They loved it so much that they said he should write it down, and, after much cajoling, he did. “Watership Down” is the epic tale of adventure, survival and bunnies. What more could you want?

For more information about how you can participate in the Read Harder Challenge 2018, join our Facebook group and look for other events throughout the year.

Ashland Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 by Megan

On February 1, the Southern Boone County Library hosted a stuffed animal sleepover for ten of our closest friends. Everyone got along really well, but some of our group got a little mischievous! A couple of our furry pals learned that the photocopier is not the most efficient way to take a selfie and had to go to time out. Some of the stuffed animals read books while others took turns on the iPads. They also played games and had snacks, though the beaver preferred chewing on pencils to popcorn. After everyone got a sip of water, it was off to bed and sweet dreams!

2018 Mock Newbery Winners

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 by Megan

This past fall, the Columbia Public Library hosted its sixth season of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Awards program. Youth in grades 4-8 were invited to join us twice per month to discuss possible Newbery Medal contenders for 2018. At these interactive sessions, we discussed six Newbery contender books, and participants were able to defend the book that they felt deserved the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award.

We read the following books:

Our group looked at criteria similar to those used by the Newbery Medal selection committee when considering top book selections. Continue reading “2018 Mock Newbery Winners”

App Review: My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Megan

My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR app photo
We tried out the “My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR” at the library! Our little caterpillar got to play on the floor, on our desks and even in the stacks of books!

What’s the app all the kids are raving about? You know, the one where they wander around in real life interacting with critters and waiting for eggs to hatch? It stars a brightly-colored beloved character you might recognize from your own childhood–and it’s not Pokemon Go!  I’m talking about “My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR” app by StoryToys Entertainment Limited ($2.99).

This app is recommended for ages 4 and up. There is no text in this app, and you only have to know how to drag and drop to begin game play (which makes it perfect for a younger audience). The primary goal is to feed and care for your caterpillar. This is a great way to talk about the life cycle of a butterfly, though it is not 100% scientifically accurate. (You can play catch and create artwork with your caterpillar, which not something I would try real life!) As of right now, this app is only available for iPhone and iPad.

If you are interested in a free Eric Carle app, you should try “The Very Hungry Caterpillar–Play & Explore.” Both apps are super cute and engaging but also have some in app purchase options, so make sure you enjoy them together with your child.

Happy apping!