2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Lion Lessons

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2017 by Josh

Once every week, starting today, we will be writing about all ten Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees for 2017! 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. First up, we have “Lion Lessons” by Jon Agee!

Picture of character in "Lion Lessons"

In this story, a young boy takes lessons to become a lion. It’s easy to get your Lion Diploma; just follow seven simple steps! But when our little protagonist tries to ROAR like a lion, his teacher isn’t impressed. When he tries to pounce like a lion, he is mistaken for a little kitty cat. Becoming a lion is a lot harder than it seems! Will he ever get his Lion Diploma?

As is typical with Agee, this book is filled with plenty of charm and humor. Kids will love acting out the steps to becoming a lion, including roaring, prowling and barring their teeth like a ferocious beast!

The Missouri Library Association has provided us with a wonderful activities for every individual Missouri Building Block nominee, including “Lion Lessons.” There are fun songs, fingerplays and crafts, including how to make a lion mane from a paper plate. Now your kid can look just as ferocious as they act. RAAWR!

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

Author: Josh

After grade school I lost a little bit of passion for reading. In college, though, I found the library, and, in a lot of ways, the library found me! Now I read, discover, and imagine more often, and I'm healthier and happier for it.