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!
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”
Listed 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”
Do you have a child between the ages of 2 and 5 years old? Are you looking for ways to help them fall in love with reading? If so, we are hosting programs at all of our library branches that must be highlighted, starred and circled on your calendar.
We have put together several “Read for the Record Parties” for you and your children to attend. Read for the Record is a nationwide reading event put together by Jumpstart where kids are all encouraged to read the same book.
The book this year is “Quackers” by Liz Wong. This is an adorable story about a kitten raised in a duck world. When he comes across a funny animal called a cat, his world is turned upside down. Wong uses humor and engaging storytelling to show children that it’s okay to accept and love who they are.
Continue reading “Read for the Record”
Fall is in the air, and with the new season comes new and exciting library programs! Join us at one or all of our library branches for some spooktacular programs this October. See below for specific times and dates.
Columbia Public Library
Carve or paint a pumpkin to be part of our “Pumpkin Parade” on October 10. Show off your creative flair by crafting a pumpkin with a reading, library or book character theme. We’ll invite kid judges to vote for their favorites. Teen and adult artists can turn in pumpkins Monday, October 9, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. or Tuesday, October 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Flameless tea light candles provided for carved pumpkins. Prizes awarded to the best-loved pumpkins; need not be present to win. Displayed pumpkins can be picked up through Wednesday, October 11. Adults and teens, 12 and older. Registration not required.
Tuesday, October 10: 4-6 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Kids can view carved and painted pumpkins created by local artists and vote for their favorite! Cookies and punch served during the viewing. Ages 12 and younger for voting. Registration not required. Continue reading “Spooky Treats & Dancing Feet”
On September 24, 1991, the world mourned the loss of beloved author, Theodore Seuss Geisel. Better known as Dr. Seuss, Geisel published more than 60 children’s books, the majority under the Dr. Seuss pseudonym (with more than a dozen as Theo LeSieg and one as Rosetta Stone).
Known for his whimsical characters, Geisel’s rhyming, sing-song approach to storytelling continues to delight young and old alike. Geisel’s books are fun to read, yet the messages within the pages are equally important.
Many of Geisel’s books address common childhood issues, such as fitting in and bullying, while others deal with political and social issues, such as taking care of the environment. As Geisel’s characters work through these issues, they learn valuable life lessons.
Here is an excerpt from the book “The Sneetches: And Other Stories,” where the author teaches children about tolerance and acceptance. Continue reading “Life Lessons From Dr. Seuss”
Recently, I have been sifting through the children’s nonfiction books, searching for damaged and outdated materials. This has led me to discover some great yet overlooked books hidden on bottom shelves. Some of my new favorite books from these low-lying shelves are about songs, and they are located in the E782.4216 section.
The books in this section often have gorgeous illustrations that accompany the lyrics of children’s songs and rhymes. These are great for parents and caregivers who can’t remember all the words to songs they want to share with their children, such as “Hush Little Baby” or “Canadian Lullaby” (a frequent story time favorite).
These books are also beneficial for those who don’t want to or can’t sing. When reading songs aloud, you can transform them into chants, which can be just as beneficial for little listeners. Chants break words into smaller parts, emphasizing individual sounds. Knowledge of these smaller parts and sounds can later help early readers sound out words.
Remember, this section is E782.4216. If you are unfamiliar with the early childhood nonfiction section, ask a library staff member; we will be more than happy to show you where it is.
I’ve always found that reading can help kids (and adults!) work through difficulties and problems. When times get hard, books can be a great resource for discussing, dealing with and explaining tough topics.
I recently found an amazing book list created by the Association for Library Service to Children. This list, called Comforting Reads for Difficult Times, was created to help youth going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more. It is geared towards youth from grades K-8 and includes a resource list for adults, including helpful books, articles and websites.
Looking for more books covering tough topics? Check out this list compiled by DBRL staff.
Could your child benefit from tutoring sessions? Do they need some assistance with reading or math homework? If so, tutors from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s A Way With Words and Numbers are available to help!
Tutoring is available for students in grades K-7 for FREE on a first-come, first-served basis starting tomorrow, September 12! Just bring your child to the Children’s Desk at the Columbia Public Library. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and parents must remain in the building.
Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. 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.
World Book Online Reference Center is a wonderful resource for all things educational! Within this resource, you will find World Book Kids and World Book Early World of Learning, which are electronic encyclopedias filled to the brim with multimedia, interactivity and educational games for kids. World Book caters to multiple kinds of learning and is great for school project research. It’s also fun to explore the site for whatever catches your interest!
Just today while I was clicking around, I learned about lots of fun things. I discovered that there are extinct giant kangaroos, I watched a video of a powerful hurricane and I also learned how to make a volcano science project! What can you discover?
To start learning, you can follow the link from our website here. To see all of our other resources, head here!