Author Spotlight: Karen Katz

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Mitch

"Counting Kisses" book coverReading to children can be one of the most special times a parent can have with their child. One of the very first books that my daughter started to read and request over and over again was “Counting Kisses,” by Karen Katz. From that point on, Katz was a staple on our bookshelves.

Katz is a talented author and illustrator of children’s books, and she mostly writes for babies and toddlers. However, her soft illustrations, warm words and simple stories are quick to bring a smile to readers of all ages. Here’s a short list of the books that were constantly in our bedtime rotation:

"Where is Baby's Yummy Tummy?" book coverWhere Is Baby’s Yummy Tummy?
This adorable book rhymes with consistent rhythm and is a great way to talk about individual body parts of your young one.
"Vroom, Vroom, Trucks!" book cover

Vroom, Vroom, Trucks!
Have a little digger at home? Help your child explore the construction site by learning about bulldozers, dump trucks and other big vehicles!

"Baby's Shapes" book cover

Baby’s Shapes
This book shows off shapes in our everyday world. Again, it’s simple, straight-forward fun for your youngsters.

Need even more Karen Katz books? We’ve got plenty to choose from. Click here to visit our catalog and see all the books available to check out today!

2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: There’s a Bear on My Chair

Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 by Amy

Have you ever had trouble sharing? Or know of a certain little one who is in the midst of learning this important life skill? Author and illustrator Ross Collins has created the perfect read-aloud story, “There’s A Bear on My Chair,” that humorously tackles the emotions of sharing through the lovable characters Mouse and Bear.There's a Bear On My Chair book cover

Grumpy Mouse would much rather not have Bear in his chair, and he lets readers know this as he rhymes his way through the sharing dilemma. Enjoy bright, bold and simple full-page illustrations as Mouse tries his best to entice Bear out of his chair. Even with a pear, stare and scare, Bear will not budge from the chair.

Follow the links below to print out your own mouse and bear finger puppets! Encourage your little ones to help act out and retell the story.

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

Discovering Gentle Reads

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Molly

Although there are more books available now than ever before, not all books are appropriate for all audiences. For this reason, parents and guardians can struggle with helping children make good choices in regards to selecting age-appropriate reading materials.

This is especially true when it comes to young children. For instance, some subjects can be too intense for little ones who have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary. Keeping up with precocious readers can be equally challenging. Kids reading above their level can be exposed to situations, language and content that is beyond their maturity.

At DBRL, we offer a list called “Gentle Reads: Chapter Books for Kids” that recommends great chapter books for kids that contain little to no violence, sex or strong language. The selected books also tend to be positive and have happy endings. The list includes titles from beloved classics such as “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Giving Tree” to more recent favorites, such as “Crenshaw” and “Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles.” Continue reading “Discovering Gentle Reads”

2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: There’s a Giraffe in My Soup

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 by Kristy

Illustration from "There's a Giraffe in My Soup"Have you ever found something weird in your food? Like a piece of lint or a hair? In the Missouri Building Block nominee “There’s a Giraffe in My Soup,” a little boy gets something even weirder in his bowl of grub–animals! First, the boy is surprised to find a giraffe in his soup. Aghast, the waiter runs to get him a fresh bowl. The silliness ensues with new animals in his soup each time, from alligators to ostriches. This lively, quirky book is sure to send your kiddos into fits of laughter.

A great rhyme that pairs well with this book is “The Yellow Giraffe.” Give it a try with your kids.

The yellow giraffe is as tall as can be (stand and reach up high)
His lunch is a bunch of leaves off a tree (pretend to grab leaves)
He has a very long neck (point to neck)
And his legs are long, too (point to legs)
And he can run faster than his friends in the zoo (run in place)

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

Photo by Ross Burach on rossburach.com

Pumpkin Contest Winners

Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2017 by Kristy

Photo of Pumpkin Parade winners

On October 10, the Columbia Public Library had its first ever “Pumpkin Parade.” Teens and adults carved or painted pumpkins based on the themes of reading, libraries or book characters. We invited kids to the library to judge and vote for their favorites. There were 12 book-inspired pumpkin submissions, and 217 folks came by to view them!

The three winners were “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Cinderella” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Congratulations!

Books Soon to Be Movies!

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Katie

Wonderstruck movie posterAs both a book lover and library employee, it is my duty to encourage everyone to read the books that movies are based on. Some folks like to read before they watch, while others watch then read. Either way, I’ve put together a list of movies that will be released this fall or winter that are based on well-known children’s books.

If your family wishes to read (or reread) the books before watching the movies, click on the titles below for their link to our catalog.

2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Marta! Big & Small

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 by Erin

Book cover of Marta! Big & SmallMarta! Big & Small” by Jen Arena is a fun book about a young girl named Marta who explores the jungle while describing different aspects of animals. This book is a great example of opposites and also incorporates Spanish!

To reinforce the theme of opposites, here is a call and response chant, courtesy of Miss Meg’s Storytime. Practice this with your child after you read the book.

I say fast and you say…SLOW!
Fast! Slow! Fast! Slow!

I say up and you say…DOWN!
Up! Down! Up! Down!

I say happy and you say…SAD!
Happy! Sad! Happy! Sad!

I say over and you say…UNDER!
Over! Under! Over! Under!

You can add as many verses as you would like! Continue reading “2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Marta! Big & Small”

Halloween Happenings Near You!

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Megan

Photo of painted pumpkinsHalloween is less than a month away! Do you have your costume? Have you carved your pumpkin? Is your trick-or-treat bag ready to be filled? Don’t be frightened; you still have plenty of time to get your goblins all in a row! And if you don’t have time to plan a party, there are plenty of FREE haunted happenings that you can attend locally!

Columbia

Mizzou After Dark: Spooktacular
October 25, 2017 › 7:00-11:00 p.m.
First Floor, MU Student Center

Visit this huge Halloween party in Columbia. There will be a haunted house, pumpkin carving, a costume contest and more. And it’s free with a MU student ID.

Howl-O-Ween
Friday, October 27, 2017 › 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Kuhlman Court, MU Student Center

Do you like puppies? Do you like costumes? Bring your pups in their best costume for a chance to win some prizes!

(Not So) Frightening Friday
Friday, October 27 › 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The District, Downtown Columbia

Come trick-or-treat in The District! Continue reading “Halloween Happenings Near You!”

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! Continue reading “2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Lion Lessons”

Vote for the 2017 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 by Kristy

circle-bear-colorListed below are the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees for 2017! These books encourage reading aloud to children and are selected annually by a group of children’s librarians from Missouri.

Read to your child at least five of the books from the following list of 10 titles, and then vote for your favorite. Voting is open to children in kindergarten and younger and goes through December. The winner will be announced in February. Continue reading “Vote for the 2017 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award”