About Johnathan

Children's Librarian by day, reads and plays with Legos by night. Dr. Seuss taught him to enjoy life and not get stuck in a waiting place, so one of his favorite children's books is "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Explore StarWalk

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

Give the Gift of Reading!

presentLooking for a gift for little ones? The gift of reading is beyond compare. And while you can check out all your child’s favorites at the library, we understand there may be some special titles you’d like to keep at home all the time. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books produces an annual Guide Book to Gift Books every November. Find over 300 titles divided by age group with author, title, description, publisher and current price. Print out your pdf to take shopping, or download it to your smart phone and away you go!

Missouri Building Blocks 2014: Count the Monkeys

Book cover for Count the MonkeysCount the Monkeys” by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

What will you count in this “Count the Monkeys” book? You may find grizzly bears, lumberjacks, beekeeping grandmas, wolves (who don’t mix with the grandmas – shocker) and more. Each time you count, you also get called on to do a fun action, such as move your arm in a zigzag line to confuse those crocodiles. But where are the monkeys? Read this fun book and find out!

After you share the story, take the book further with these fun activities:

  • Feed the monkey! Use construction paper or a large paper plate to make a monkey face. Cut out a large mouth for the monkey, too. Place the monkey face over a small trash can or laundry basket, and laugh along as your kids throw in fake fruit, use it as a beanbag toss game and more.
  • Count with monkeys! Using felt, cut out monkeys and bananas. Assign each monkey a number and place them on a felt board. The children can then give each monkey the number of bananas matching the number on the monkey.
  • Dance like a monkey! Do the “Jungle-Pokey.”
    You put your monkey tail in,
    You put your monkey tail out,
    You put your monkey tail in
    And you swing it all about.
    You do the jungle-pokey and you turn yourself around.
    That’s what it’s all about.
    Repeat with other jungle animals/animal parts.

Remember to help your child vote for his or her favorite Missouri Building Block Picture Book after you’ve read at least five titles.

Thanksgiving Prep for Kids

Thanksgiving is almost here, and you probably have a to-do list a mile long. Thaw turkey, clean house for guests, find the perfect new recipe to try, re-clean house after son/daughter just tracked in dirt, etc. Help kids make their own preparations for Thanksgiving, whether that means making their own turkey or creating their own Thanksgiving setting. See some fun activities below, and be thankful for creative kids. Don’t forget that the library will be closed on Thursday the 27th, but we’ll be open the very next day!A Lego Thanksgiving

  • Create a Thanksgiving setting! Use LEGO minifigs, dolls, action figures or whatever toys are around to create a Thanksgiving setting. Then have your child determine what each character would be thankful for.
  • Decorate a Thanksgiving mural! Talk to your child about what he or she is thankful for, including family, friends, specific foods, a favorite toy or activity. Cut out pictures from magazines or online and help them paste pictures onto poster board. Label the top “I Am Thankful For…” and hang up the mural so your child can proudly display his or her thankfulness.
  • Build a Mayflower! Teaching your child the history of Thanksgiving? Check out this fun model ship you can build.

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