2015 Mock Newbery Awards

Mock Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Newbery Medal is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. In plain English: This award is given to the best chapter book of the year. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery Program:

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s Newbery finalists. Library staff will facilitate the sessions along with Nancy Baumann, a local educator and previous Newbery committee member. This is the fourth year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity, and we hope that you will consider signing up.

How to get involved:

Sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library on the following Wednesdays: September 9 and 23, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18 and December 2 and 16. Registration begins Tuesday, September 1. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161. Continue reading

Books We Love: Super Red Riding Hood

Book cover for Super Read Riding HoodIf you have read any of my other blog posts, you might have noticed my love of fairy tales. Classics, twisted, retold… they are all wonderful in my eyes. When I saw “Super Red Riding Hood,” by Claudia Dvaila, I knew I had to read it. Not only does it tell a new version of Red Riding Hood, but its superhero theme is perfect for this year’s Summer Reading program.

I’m glad I took the time to check out this story – it means I can share this delightful story about a young girl, Ruby, who is actually Super Red Riding Hood! When Ruby puts on her cape and red boots, she becomes a superhero capable of amazing things. Her super traits help her successfully complete her mission into the woods and even make a new friend.

Charming and captivating illustrations? Check. Engaging text? Check. Storyline children and adults will enjoy? Check! If you have a youngster (and don’t worry, boys will enjoy this one, too), I encourage you to look into this book.

Since I mentioned our Summer Reading program, a reminder that Summer Reading ends on August 15th! Be sure to get to your local library with your completed sheet or booklet to get a free book and register for a chance to win a free book set!

Nonfiction Fun! Win a Curious George Discovers Book!

Curious George Discovers the Ocean

Many elementary school curriculum programs encourage kids to read narrative nonfiction (writing that tells a fact-based story) and informational texts. You can inject more facts and concepts into kids’ “reading diets” by enlisting the help of treasured storybook characters.

My, Oh My, a Butterfly!A newly-published series is Curious George Discovers, in which our beloved monkey learns all about the sun, our senses, rainbows and more.

Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library is a series of nonfiction picture books featuring everyone’s favorite feline. Through funny and friendly storytelling, your child can learn about chimpanzees, reptiles, butterflies and trees, accompanied by the irrepressible Cat. Continue reading

Our First Cosplay Costume Con!

Avengers Assemble!Our library hosted its first Cosplay Costume Con in Columbia on Wednesday, July 22. All ages participated, from a teeny, tiny Superman baby to a Mizzou professor dressed as Edward Scissorhands. Brandy Cross, co-owner of Distant Planet Comics & Collectibles, volunteered to help myself and another staff member judge the costume contest. In addition to the catwalk antics of young and old, friends and strangers posed together in front of our cityscape photo op.

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Books We Love: The Works of Tomie dePaola

Strega NonaOne of the first picture books I can recall with true clarity is about a young boy, a magic pasta pot and three kisses. For the longest time I remembered nothing more than the beautiful illustrations and the warm feeling I always got whenever my grandmother read it to me. Then one day the title suddenly came to me: “Strega Nona,” by Tomie dePaola. I have been pulling his books off the library shelves ever since.

For ovTomie dePaola's Book of Poemser 40 years, Tomie dePaola has been writing and illustrating heartwarming books for children. He is best known for his clean, simple line illustrations, filled with bright, bursting colors. His human characters are immediately recognizable with their round faces and puffy-looking clothes. Collections such as “Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose” and “Tomie dePaola’s Book of Poems” are rich with diverse characters, animal and people alike. One of his newer series, about the Barkers family, introduces Spanish vocabulary and blended, adoptive families. Continue reading