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StarWalk KidsMedia logoWe now have StarWalk KidsMedia as our newest database! It has over 520 high-quality children’s ebooks available for kids (K-8). Each book has options for full narration, highlighting, text search and other interactive features. Each book also comes with a full curriculum guide for teachers. Searching is great, as users can also sort books according to grade number, Lexile level, or AR level!

This database is designed to be used with any device that has access to the Internet. Tablets require an app called the SWKids Reader, which is available for free from the Apple store (for iPad), the Google Play Store (for Android devices) and the Amazon App Store (for Kindle Fire HD).

Already on a computer? Click here to get started – just type in your library card number. You can also click the StarWalk icon on the left side of the DBRL Kids page.

2014 Missouri Building Blocks: This Little Piggy

Book cover for This Little PiggyThis Little Piggy” by Tim Harrington

Tired of doing the same little piggies with your little one? Has going to the market or not having any roast beef become too routine? Well then, this great book is for you! Within these pages, you’ll follow a piggy that races go-karts! You’ll thrill to the adventures of Super Toe, who defeats a smelly sock with tickle power! And of course, don’t forget to follow the adventures of little piggy who built a spaceship. Continue reading

2014 Missouri Building Blocks: The Watermelon Seed

Book cover for The Watermelon Seed by Greg PizzouThe Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli

Crocodile loves watermelon so much that it becomes a regular meal choice – for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. This love for melon leads to a gulp with a seed included. What might happen inside Crocodile’s tummy? Have you ever swallowed a seed?

While reading “The Watermelon Seed,” try pausing the story just after the seed is swallowed. Encourage the kiddos to make predictions about what might happen to Crocodile. After the story, try some of these extension activities.

  • Plant a seed and watch it grow! Discuss the conditions that plants need to grow – water, sunlight, warmth, etc. Would a seed be able to grow inside a stomach?
  • Make a chart of favorite foods – write out the names of family members and encourage them to draw a picture of their favorite.
  • Visit the National Watermelon Promotion Board website for lots of fun facts about watermelon, and make sure to visit the Carvings page to see some really interesting creations. You can even enter a watermelon carving contest! This website also has many great recipes and a section just for kids.

Check out some of these titles on watermelons, planting seeds, swallowing things and the human body: Continue reading

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Mini Fig BearSince stuffed animals frequently attend story time, we decided to have a special story time for them last week at the Columbia Public Library. Over 40 stuffies attended with their families. Many decided to stay after the library closed for a special library sleepover just for the stuffies.

Tutor Dino vs BedtimeAfter all the stuffies were snuggly tucked into bed and given one last kiss goodnight, many of the stuffies decided they just weren’t ready to go to sleep. Miss Chaquill, a tutor from A Way With Words/A Way With Numbers, read them Dinosaurs Vs Bedtime by Bob Shea. Apparently the dinosaur gave them ideas. According to the library’s security footage, the stuffed animals began to awaken shortly after the library closed.

In case they woke up in the middle of the night and needed another story, we left a few books out for them to quietly read in bed. The stuffies had other ideas.

Bats LibraryThe owl led several of the stuffed animals to the third floor where he did a special retelling of Bats at the Library by Brian Lies. The stuffies pretended they, too, were bats. Continue reading

Missouri Building Blocks 2014: Moo!

Illustration from the picture book, Moo!It’s hard to express how much I love, love, LOVE “Moo!” by David LaRochelle! But I will try.

1. I love a good laugh, and reading “Moo!” will make your whole crew chuckle. If you have a 3-year-old, there might even be floor rolling involved. Who can ignore the hilarity of a cow who “borrows” a car?

2. I adore how LaRochelle brilliantly showcases the art of emotional expression. Believe it or not you can tell a whole adventure using only one word: Moo-Moo? Moo! I find the kiddos really get into this aspect of the book if you practice being sad cows, happy cows and excited cows before you launch into the more complicated moos explored in the book.

3. I dance with excitement when a book leads to more fun! “Moo!” naturally launches into creative and educational activities. Check out LaRochelle’s website for handy activity guides, puppet patterns and more. Your friendly state librarians have also gathered ideas on the MLA award page and Pinterest board. Personally, I’m dying to write “Baa!” – the sequel to “Moo!”

Still skeptical? Grab a copy and see for yourself. And remember to help your child vote for his or her favorite Missouri Building Block Picture Book after you’ve read at least five titles.