2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups

"Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups" book coverClose your eyes. Wait, open them! You have to finish reading this article. Okay, that’s better. Now imagine you are closing your eyes and thinking of a cute and fuzzy little penguin. Can you imagine anything more adorable? Go ahead, I’ll give you a minute. You can’t think of anything, can you? What if I told you that the penguin has the hiccups? You didn’t think it was possible, but that cute and fuzzy penguin got 50% cuter.

In our next Missouri Building Block nominee, “Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups” by Tadgh Bentley, poor Little Penguin gorges himself on chili and subsequently gets the hiccups. This book has some great opportunities for audience participation, as you have to help scare our cute heartburn-suffering protagonist. Besides talking to your child about the unpleasant side effects of eating spicy food before bed, here are some other activities you might enjoy: Continue reading

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Bunnies!!!

"Bunnies!!!" book coverDeclan is a very friendly monster. He says hello to everything in the forest, from the clouds to the stumps. He also really loves bunnies. He gets super excited when he sees them. Maybe a little too excited…

Bunnies!!!” by Kevan Atteberry’s is a wonderful story with bright, inviting illustrations.The simple text is easy to read and understand and practically begs to be read aloud. “Bunnies!!!” can initiate conversations about meeting new friends and when it is appropriate to use loud and soft voices. This is also a fun story to act out with your children or with puppets. Regardless of how large or small your audience is, sharing the book is a delight and will leave you with a smile.

Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block nominees, help your child vote for their favorite.

Check out this activity sheet for more books, rhymes and activities related to “Bunnies!!!”

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Rex Wrecks It!

"Rex Wrecks It" book coverRex knocks down all the wonderful creations each of his friends builds out of blocks in “Rex Wrecks It!” by Ben Clanton. It makes everyone sad, including Rex. So his friends decide to work together, including Rex, and build something “awesomerific.”  Hooray! Now everyone can knock it down together!

I read this story to my young grandsons. One told me we shouldn’t call people names. (Sprinkles calls Rex a blockhead.) We agreed that it was not a nice thing to do. Later when we were playing outside in the sand making castles, my other grandson grinned at me and quoted the last line of the story, “[Let’s] wreck it all together!” So we did. I love it when kids make connections between a story and their own lives. Continue reading

Fall Arrives and Leaves Leave

Today is the first day of fall, and we’re already seeing hints of it all around us. Leaves are changing color, woolly worms are wiggling and the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air.

"Fall Leaves" book cover
One of my favorite books about autumn is “Fall Leaves” by Loretta Holland. This picture book plays on the different meanings of the words “fall” and “leaves.” It takes you on a journey through the first stirrings of the season through changing leaves, cooler weather and shorter days, and then it ends with the reader at winter’s doorstep. The illustrations capture the colors of fall and all the beauty of this time of year. The end of this book brings the story into your home with instructions for a wonderful activity where you and your child can gather leaves and make painted leaf prints to decorate your walls.

If you want more fall fun for your little ones, here are some other activities you can do with your child at home and at the library. Continue reading

Fall Programs Sneak Peek

Photograph of children sliding
It’s that time again! You’ve swapped swimsuits for school clothes, traded game controllers for pencils and exchanged novels for textbooks. Your schedule has probably changed a bit, and ours has too. Here is just a taste of some of our amazing fall programs. For more information, check out our website or stop by your library branch for a copy of our program guide.

Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Starts Wednesday, September 7, 2016 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Help us select our own winner of the 2016 John Newbery Medal. At these fun sessions, you’ll discuss Newbery finalists and defend the book you feel is the “Heavy Medalist” of the year. Sessions will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16 and Dec. 7, 21. Grades 4-8. Registration begins Tuesday, August 23. Call 573-443-3161 to sign up.

Batman Day

Callaway County Public Library
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 10-11 a.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1-2 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1:30-3 p.m.

Celebrate Batman Day with crafts and activities featuring our favorite caped crusader and his Gotham City friends. Costumes welcome. Ages 5 and older. Continue reading