Chilling Children’s Books

October is finally here, which  means that it’s the perfect time to curl up with some candy corn in one hand and a Halloween-themed book in the other. We have recently acquired several new scary and not-so-scary eBooks for children, and we invite you to browse through these spooky stories.

Here are some spook-tacular new Halloween-themed eBooks you can access through Overdrive.

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Boo” by Leslie Patricelli

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Kooky Halloween Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone” by Lindo Bozzo

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2015 Missouri Building Blocks: Naked

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. Once you read at least five Building Block nominees, then vote for your favorite! The first book we will feature is “Naked” by Michael Ian Black.

The main character in “Naked,” a little boy bursting with enthusiasm, loves the time between bath time and bedtime. Our hero comes out of the bath full of energy, imagining what it would be like to go naked all the time (the illustrator is very discreet with her pictures). He then adds a cape, which is even better!  He takes several breaks to eat his bedtime snack of cookies and then realizes he is cold.  On go the dragon pajamas and he is finally “exhausted” and ready for bed.

Reading “Naked” could lead to all kinds of great discussions and activities.

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Fall for Some Great Rhymes

I absolutely love this time of year when we dust off our hoodies and the enchanting smell Pumpkins in a fieldof pumpkin spiced lattes permeates the air. Fall is a beautiful time of change, and one thing we should consider changing up is our repertoire of rhymes. Rhyming is essential to early literacy skills, and it’s fun to practice new rhymes with children as one season transitions into another. Here are some delightful fall rhymes to get you started.

The Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree (hold hands above head)
Two little apples smiled at me (make fists with both hands and turn them back and forth)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake a tree)
Down came the apples (lower hand to the ground and wiggle fingers)
Mmmmmmmm! They were good! (rub your tummy)

I’m a Little Pumpkin

I’m a little pumpkin orange and bright
You’ll see me out on a chilly fall night
Carve me a face and add a light
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Scheduling Your Story Times

Kids enjoying story timeMany patrons small and tall enjoy our story times. We have story times for different age groups, and we try to keep our story times on a fairly regular schedule (only occasionally interrupting for a special program such as a visiting performer or annual Summer Reading-themed programs or wrap-up). All three branches have their own story times divided by age.

Columbia just made some small changes to its regular line-up to give flexibility to parents with babies. In addition to having Baby, Oh, Baby on Mondays at 10:30, parents can now bring their little ones to Thursday Baby, Oh, Baby at 9:30.  See below for the regular schedule, and click this flyer to see all the specific Columbia story times for September through November. Continue reading

Louis Sachar Giveaway and More New Books From Favorite Authors

Fuzzy MudThere’s nothing like an old familiar children’s book to stir up warm fuzzy memories of childhood. Lying in the grass on a lazy summer day absorbed by Patricia MacLachlan’s “Skylark” or Jerry Spinelli’s “Maniac Magee.” Curled up with Mom giggling over “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Or announcing so proudly the completion of your first title in the Nate the Great or Magic Tree House series.

Well, guess what? Some of your favorite children’s authors are still alive and kicking…and writing! Gary Paulsen (remember “Hatchet”?) and Louis Sachar (“Holes” and the Wayside School series) have both released new titles this year!

In Paulsen’s newest, “Field Trip,” Ben and his classmates miss their scheduled field trip, so Ben’s father takes them on an adventurous road trip—Paulsen-style.

Sachar mixes science, ethics, and suspense in “Fuzzy Mud,” leaving you with plenty to ponder long after you solve the intriguing mystery. (Want a free copy of this book? Click here to enter our giveway!) Continue reading