2014 Missouri Building Blocks: Little Nelly’s Big Book

Little Nelly's Big BookLittle Nelly’s Big Book,” written by Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by Andy Rowland

What animal is gray, has big ears and a small tail? A mouse? An elephant? What about a rabbit? Or maybe a koala? “Little Nelly’s Big Book” follows a story of an animal with these exact characteristics, but there’s something quite different between her and her animal family. After reading this case of mistaken identity, try some of these follow-up activities: Continue reading

2014 Missouri Building Blocks: Open Very Carefully

Book cover for open very carefullyOpen Very Carefully: A Book with Bite” by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne

Look Out! There is a crocodile eating the letters in this book! We have to make him stop. Oh, dear, now he’s trying to escape from the book!

You and your child, as listener and reader, are part of the story. Not only are books like this fun but they improve a child’s early literacy skills. A child who is actively engaged with a story will probably have a good understanding of the story (comprehension skills), is likely to be able to tell you the story later (narrative skills) and will want to read more books (print motivation). These are important skills to have before a child is ready to learn to read.

You will find a fun printable activity to reinforce the concepts in “Open Very Carefully” at Peace, Love and Learning.

Other books with an interactive narrator include:

Once you read at least five Building Block nominees, then vote for your favorite!

Celebrate Dork Diaries!

Dork Diaries #1Dork. Nerd. Geek. Say one of these words at the library, and more than one staff member will turn their head in response…and be proud of it. So where better to go and celebrate Rachel Renée Russell’s popular Dork Diaries book series than your favorite library? Come to our Dork Diaries Jubilee Party on Wednesday, November 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. Registration is now open for ages 8 to 13! (Call 573-443-3161 to register.)

  • Dance along with the Wii U Just Dance 4 game.
  • Create a diary/journal using all sorts of bright and colorful crafts.
  • Decorate an awesome pen to match your diary.
  • Work on Dork Diaries activity sheets while discussing the books.
  • Design a rubber band fishtail bracelet.
  • Grab a treat bag full of candy.

And be sure to check out our entire Dork Diaries collection!

2014 Missouri Building Blocks: I Dare You Not to Yawn

Book cover for I Dare You Not to YawnI Dare You Not to Yawn,” written by Helene Boudreau, illustrated by Serge Bloch

I dare you to get through this book without yawning. Just thinking about it is making me…YAWN. The little boy in the story is trying so hard not to yawn because if he does, one thing will lead to another and somehow he will end up in bed. He tells you all the things to stay away from, but of course he still yawns and has to go to bed. Try reading this at bedtime and see how long it takes before you or your child yawns.

For a fun song, listen to “Yawn Song” on The Cat in the Hat Songbook music CD.

For photos that will make you laugh as well as yawn, check out these photos of yawning animals. Continue reading

Columbia READS!

new sidebarIf you’re an observant reader of DBRL Kids, you may have noticed a fancy new link just below the list of Library Events and just above the link to TumbleBooks on the left side of the blog: Columbia READS!

Launched as a pilot project in the Columbia Public Schools in January 2013, Columbia READS! provides access to over 4,500 titles through a digital literacy service called myON. Students enrolled in a Columbia Public School or Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School are assigned usernames and passwords by their teachers.

But guess what?! Children under five in Columbia can now take advantage of this service too! Instructions are provided on the Columbia READS! website. The Daniel Boone Regional Library is just one of the many community collaborators. Check it out! I personally recommend “Story Time for Lamb” or “3, 2, 1 Go!: A Transportation Countdown.”