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!
“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,” written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, captured 4,494 votes and was named the winner of the 2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award!
This award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries, and almost 22,000 Missouri children voted this year. In at second place is “It’s a Tiger!” written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard with 3,200 votes. “Cat Secrets” by Jef Czekaj narrowly captured third place with 2,625 votes.
Earlier this month, voters from DBRL were in tune with the rest of Missouri children and picked the same winner!
The votes for our library have been tallied, and our local pick for the 2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award is…(drum roll):
“Pete The Cat And His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin.
Revisit our blog post on this book and see activities related to Pete! If you want more Pete the Cat, check out these books. Check back in February for the state-wide winner!
Have you ever felt so antsy that you simply had to get up and run around? That is how Dog feels in “Find a Cow Now!” by Janet Stevens. Dog is tired of naps, but when he gets up and starts to run, he gets in trouble with Bird. Bird informs Dog that he is a cattle dog and needs to herd a cow. However, neither Dog nor Bird know what a cow is. They only know that since there are no cows in the city, they must be in the country. So, to the country Dog goes! He makes several attempts to herd a cow before finding someone willing to let him herd. Together Dog and his new friend have an adventure sure to delight readers of all ages.
Don’t forget to vote on your favorite Missouri Building Block nominee! Voting ends December 31.
December 4th is National Cookie Day. Can you think of a better way to celebrate than to read a silly story about the delectable treats? Okay…I can think of one other higher calorie festive act: eat a plate full. But first, read Missouri Building Blocks nominee “Duckling Gets a Cookie!?“ by Mo Willems. This book features the ever obstinate Pigeon, one polite Duckling and, of course, a coveted cookie. Heck, go ahead and throw a party using the publisher’s event kit; they give you the directions for games like duck, duck, pigeon, and provide patterns for inventing your own cookies.
To round out your National Cookie Day celebration, I highly recommend “Who Put the Cookie in the Cookie Jar?” by George Shannon. I absolutely love how this book turns the traditional rhyme about who stole the cookies upside down. This delightful rhyming text depicts all of the hands that go into making cookies with love. You see people from around the world gathering eggs, sewing the oven mitts, transporting the goods and stocking the store shelves. The preschoolers in my story times love pointing out their favorite types of cookies and sharing memories of making cookies with their family. So go make some memories! And eat a cookie for me.