READ From the START

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!

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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

Kindness is Contagious

In honor of Valentine’s Day (February 14) and Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14-20), we thought it would be fun to create a list of some love and kindness themed books that the library offers for young readers. It is never too early to teach and share the value of love and kindness.

One of my favorite things to do each year is create Valentine’s Day cards with friends and hand them out at local nursing homes and hospitals. Just a simple way to spread joy. (This is double the fun if you have kids who can deliver cards with you.) Below are some of my top pick books to encourage kindness in young readers. Click on the book title to check library availability. Happy reading!

Start Early Books:

Book cover for How Kind by Mary Murphy

“How Kind!” by Mary Murphy
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Make Your Own Bird Feeder

birdHere’s a craft that allows you to combine three wonderful things:

1) Young children

2) Fine motor skill development

3) Minimal mess

Don’t believe it is possible to do all three at once? Read on, and find out how you and your child can make a simple bird feeder! Continue reading

Best Children’s Books of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, the children’s staff at DBRL has been reminiscing about the fabulous new books that arrived on our shelves this year. While it’s hard to pick a favorite, there were some books that stood apart from the rest. Here are our top 11 favorite picture books and chapter books published in 2015.

All My Stripes book coverAll My Stripes” by Shaina Rudolph
I really liked how this book talks about differences in a way children
understand, while still telling a story children will want to read. The
illustrations are also really well done. ~Katie L

Bunnies!!! book coverBunnies!!!” by Kevan Atteberry
“Bunnies!!!” is the perfect picture book to pull out for an impromptu story time! It’s an entertaining combination of a misunderstood monster, multicolored bunnies and a noisy, fast-paced game of hide-and-seek. ~Kristy
 

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