2014 Missouri Building Blocks: Ribbit!

Ribbit!The Missouri Building Block Award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted the best by preschool and kindergarten children. Over the next 10 weeks we will be featuring ways to enjoy this year’s nominees.

Did you know kids who learn compassion and acceptance are less likely to tease or bully others? In Rodrigo Folgueira’s “Ribbit!” see how frogs react when they see a pig acting like a frog in their pond. Will the frogs ever accept this strange visitor?

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

  • Do “This Little Piggy” on your little one’s toes, but have each piggy make a different animal sound.
  • Sing “My Frog Song” by chicky-ma-ma sung to the tune of “It’s a Small World.”
    I’m a small frog in the sea
    I’m as green as green can be
    I have 4 legs as you can see
    I’m a small green frog.
  • Paint pigs with pudding! Print off a pig coloring page on card stock.Combine chocolate pudding mix and whip cream. Tell your child that their pigs are too clean and need to get muddy. The pig can then be covered with “mud” using little fingers or craft sticks.
  • Make an easy pig paper craft. DLTK Kids has a craft that teaches shapes and can be simplified for younger kids.
  • Create a paper frog puppet. Enchanted Learning has a frog puppet simpler to make than most puppets.
  • Once you read at least five Building Block nominees, then vote for your favorite!

 

Encourage Curiosity!

butterfly nonfiction booksWe often want to build on our children’s curiosity, but do you always have the right answer when they ask, “Why?” We can often discover the answers together in books shared between parent and child. Knowledge about the world, even in very young children, is key to understanding. Pairing a story and a factual book on nature or science helps expand children’s scientific knowledge. Read aloud “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, and then explore a nonfiction book on butterflies. Since related activities can help reinforce learning, you may also want to perform a fingerplay of “Little Arabella Miller.” Here’s how.

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Books on Moving

Finding a new home when moving is hard, and finding books on moving can be just as challenging. As the new school year quickly approaches, we’ve gotten more requests for books to help children work through the challenges of moving. Fortunately, your friendly librarians have created a list just for you! Whether you’ve just moved here (welcome to our library!) or are moving somewhere else (you’ll be missed!), we have books to help your child with the moving process.  Having trouble picking? Below are a few favorites.

Book cover for Bella and Stella Come HomeBella and Stella Come HomeA little girl tries to reassure her favorite doll when they move to a new, and very different, home. But how do they trust a house that seems so empty and full of echoes?

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Summer Reading 2014 Update

picture of chemistry setWe’ve already signed up lots of Little Sparks; Fizz, Boom, Read kids; and Spark a Reaction teens for our 2014 Summer Reading program. Remember that free books for finishers can be picked up at the library starting on Monday, July 7. And, if your finisher is ages 5-12 and in the Fizz, Boom, Read program, he or she can then fill out one slip to try to win a free book set OR a science kit. There are some great book sets to be had this year, so be sure to keep reading and working on your fun science activities. And teens can drop off their completed entry card starting on July 7 to try to win a Kindle!

August 2 is the official end of this year’s Summer Reading program, but you can still turn in your reading record after the deadline and receive your free book. However, only those finishing on or before August 2 will be eligible to try and win a book set or science kit (Fizz, Boom, Read kids) or a Kindle (Spark a Reaction teens).

Below are a few samples of the 10 different prizes Fizz, Boom, Readers who finish by August 2 will have a chance to win. We hope you’re enjoying Summer Reading, and we’ll see you at the library!

Book Set of Favorite #1sSet of 3 Big Nate booksTIME science kit

Check It Out: Caramba

“Caramba looked like any other cat. He had soft fur and a long, stripy tail. He ate fish. He purred. He went for long walks. But Caramba was different from other cats. He couldn’t fly.”

Book cover for Caramba So begins the tale of Caramba, the cat who couldn’t fly. Caramba does want to fly, and he tries several times without success. In truth, Caramba is just different from all the other cats. Author Marie-Louis Gay has created an endearing character, with which we can all sympathize. We have all felt different at some point or been unable to do what seems easy to everyone else. Yet once Caramba accepts his differences and discovers his own personal talents, he is able to let go of his anxieties and even encourages his friend to try new things. If you have a little one worried about his or her own differences, check out this beautifully illustrated story.