Did you know a single worker honey bee produces approximately 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime? That means around 22,700 bees are needed to fill a single jar of honey! In honor of National Honey Month, I’ve put together a small list of lovely reads that are truly buzz-worthy! They’re perfect for sharing with your own sweet honey bees.
“Honey” by David Ezra Stein Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey! The world around him is waking up too, and he soon remembers all the other things he loves, like warm grass, berries and rain. One day, he hears a welcome buzzing sound…and finally it is time for Bear to delight in the thing he relishes above all others.
“From Flower to Honey” by Robin Nelson This title describes the process of making honey, from a bee’s collection of nectar to honey production on a beekeeper’s farm.
“BEE: A Peek-Through Picture Book” by Britta Teckentrap Through a hole in the book’s cover, a bee is buzzing inside a flower. Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment.
Think back to a time when you felt “different.” Perhaps you were in a situation where you didn’t look like or act like everyone else. Maybe you couldn’t keep up with an activity due to physical limitations or lack of skill sets. Regardless of why you felt the way you did, you remember these times because they evoked strong emotions. Brene Brown, American author and research professor at the University of Houston, provides some insight into this universal need to fit in. “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically and spiritually wired to love, to be loved and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.”
With the need to belong such an important aspect of the human condition, authors of children’s books in particular frequently address the issue of being different. For example, in the book “Carrot and Pea” by Morag Hood, Lee and his friends all look alike and enjoy the same games. That is, except for Colin. But Colin, who is a carrot, doesn’t feel left out because he is appreciated for his uniqueness. In her book “You Are (Not) Small,” author Anna Kang delivers a powerful message about being different using a humorous dialogue between two creatures who attempt to label one another either “big” or “small.” It’s only when an outsider shows up that the two creatures realize that how they perceive each other, and others around them, is all relative.
DBRL offers a variety of books to choose from on the subject of being different. Here are just a few.
School 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.
When you’re really little, sometimes a box is more fascinating than its contents. Especially if it’s a big cardboard box that you can sit in! If your kiddo is sitting in cardboard boxes anyway, why not take it a step further and decorate that box to look like a car?
Step One: Find a cardboard box your little one can fit in easily.
Step Two: Attach black paper plates as tires! I like using hot glue, but it’s up to you. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can glue old CDs in the middle of the plates to make wheels! Just make sure it’s the shiny side out.
Step Three: Add headlights and tail lights. You can use yellow circles for the headlights and red circles for tail lights. Cut them out of construction paper or just draw them on with markers. Continue reading “Cardboard Box Cars”
Calling all lovers of history and geography! One of the coolest parts of owning a library card is acquiring access to a variety of online resources free of cost. One of my favorites is CultureGrams. This program is designed to allow kids to explore and learn about places and cultures around the globe.
When entering the CultureGrams website, you are presented with four different choices: World Edition, Kids Edition, States Edition, and (Canadian) Provinces Edition. All choices give a plethora of information including history, geography and fun tidbits about each location. Want to know what it is like for kids in different countries or how to cook a dish from Peru? CultureGrams Kids has information on that and much more.
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.
Is your little one learning to coordinate their arms, legs and other body parts to accomplish goals (like walking independently or kicking a ball)? If so, PAL Kit 3: Gross Motor Development for children ages birth-2 will be perfect for them! We have just updated this kit with brand new toys, including a fun bowling set and activity scarves to encourage your child to move, dance and play.
PAL Kit 3 also includes several books, and each of them incorporate movements that you and your child can act out together. One my favorite books in the kit is “Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood. As you read “Silly Sally,” encourage your child to jump, dance and sleep along with Sally and the animals. For infants, act the story out on their bodies.
Interested in checking PAL Kit 3 out? If so, place a hold online to pick it up at your library or bookmobile.
Do your kiddos love moving and grooving? If so, try out these super simple DIY rainbow dancing wrist bands! We use these all the time at the library, and they’re an awesome and colorful way encourage dancing and self expression with your little ones.
What you need:
Shower curtain rings or adult-sized hair elastics
Colorful ribbon, cut into 12″–18″ lengths (You’ll want at least three, though having a rainbow of colors is pretty cool.)
Did you know the library offers tablets for children, called Launchpads? These educational, pre-loaded tablets playfully cover topics such as reading, science, math and much more. Each tablet has 10 learning apps chosen around a theme and checks out for one week.
Already a fan of the Launchpads? Then you will be excited to learn we have rolled out several new tablet themes for each age range! Check out the full lineup below.
Does your little one love to read before bed? Reading before bed can be a fun, healthy ritual to help you and your little ones wind down at night. However, as babies grow to toddlers, and toddlers to preschoolers, the evening stack of bedtime stories can begin to look like a small skyscraper on the nightstand. Does this sound familiar? If so, your child might be ready for chapter books.
But wait, aren’t chapter books for older kids? Well, technically, they’re for older kids who read independently, but that doesn’t mean that your three, four or five year old wouldn’t enjoy listening to you read them aloud. As a general rule, a child’s listening level is about three years above their independent reading level. Reading chapter books to children before bed helps build a rich vocabulary and strengthens focus–important skills for life!
Here are some tips to keep in mind when beginning the practice of reading multi-evening stories: