TumbleBooks – New and Improved!

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Has your family read with TumbleBooks lately? TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated picture books. The books are created by taking existing picture books and adding animations, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. TumbleBooks offers fiction, nonfiction and graphic novel titles in English, Spanish and French. Chapter books are also available. All you need is a DBRL library card.

If you haven’t yet tried TumbleBooks, you might want to spend a few minutes exploring this excellent resource. There is a link to our TumbleBook collection on the left-hand menu of our Kid’s Blog – you’re already halfway there! Continue reading


child readingInterested in exploring children’s books with other families? Expectant parents, grandparents and parents with children ages birth-2 are invited to join us in the Children’s Program Room at the Columbia Public Library for “Read From the Start” on February 29 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. In partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, the library is offering a parent-child workshop where you’ll learn fun ways to incorporate books into your child’s pre-literacy development. You’ll also receive five free books to add to your own library!

One book that will be highlighted during the workshop is “Moo, Baa, La La La!” by Sandra Boynton. In this classic book, children discover and learn the many different sounds animals make. Sandra Boynton is known for her “serious silliness” and does not disappoint with her wonderful illustrations.

Call (573) 443-3161 to reserve your spot today!

Photo credit: Reading his own book via photopin (license)

Happy National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

waffleThe first Saturday in February may be my new favorite holiday — National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. The day was founded in the 1960s by a mom who wanted to give her kiddos something to look forward to during the cold, dreary, nasty days of winter. Legend has it (at least according to Wikipedia) that Florence Rappaport and her six children were hit with a massive blizzard which buried their town of Rochester, New York under several feet of snow. To brighten their day, Mrs. Rappaport decided to serve the children ice cream for breakfast, and so the tradition was born! As the children grew older, they traveled the world and kept up the yearly tradition of eating ice cream for breakfast. Continue reading

Winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Award – Naked!

"Naked!" book cover

The children across Missouri have spoken, and the winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Award goes to “Naked!,” written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

Over 20,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated, choosing “Naked!” as their favorite. “Naked” had almost twice as many votes as the second place finisher “Digger Dog.” Continue reading

Paper and Digital Stories with Kamishibai

KamishibaiPlease join us and experience the wonderful world of Kamishibai! Kamishibai is a unique form of Japanese storytelling in which the storyteller stands to the right of a special stage and uses illustrated cards as the visual. It was developed in the 1920s by street vendors who would present the shows to attract crowds and sell candy. The early precursors of Kamishibai can be traced back to the 9th or 10th century!

Columbia Public Library will be presenting Paper and Digital Stories with Kamishibai on February 4th from 6-7 pm in the Studio. During this session, we will present a story using our very own Kamishibai theater! After the story, we will create our own Kamishibai cards to take home.

Ages 7-12. Please register by calling 573-443-3161.

Photo credit: Kamishibai via Flickr (license)