Pete the Cat Party

Singing White ShoesPete the Cat LOVES his white shoes and four groovy buttons. (Who doesn’t?) So in honor of our favorite cool cat who doesn’t stress the little things in life (like stepping in piles of strawberries or runaway buttons), we threw him a party.

Over 250 kids of all ages gathered in Columbia to make Pete puppets and masks and pin the groovy button on Pete. Voters decided the best Pete book. (“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” won by a landslide.) Storytellers used a flannelboard to retell the story. (Might I add it was amazing the number of 3 year-olds who knew the story word for word?)

Pete HorseOlder Pete admirers helped authors Eric Litwin and James Dean come up with new ideas for future books. In one such story line idea, Pete lost his favorite pair of shoes…

Pete the Cat and the Hunt for Shoes: Pete the Cat loves his shoes. He loves his shoes so much that he accidentally hid them in a super secret place so no one wold take them and now they are lost. Sounds like a winner!

For more photos of kids rocking it out with the musical feline, check out the library’s Facebook page. (We think there might have been a few future rock stars at the party.)

If you love Pete the Cat, too, but missed out on the fun in Columbia, join Miss Jerilyn at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton for more Pete crafts and games on Thursday, April 10, 6-8 PM (families with children ages 2-6).

Love singing along with Pete? Enter our drawing for a chance to win one of two copies of “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.”

Check It Out: My Blue is Happy

Book cover for My Blue is HappyMost people have a favorite color. And the reasons for that favorite are probably as varied and diverse as the shades it could be. In “My Blue is Happy” by Jessica Young, our narrator goes through all the colors and talks about what they mean to her and her family. While yellow is a cheery color for her mother, her own yellow “is worried like a wilting flower.” With lovely illustrations and vibrant colors, she demonstrates how we all see the world differently and how everyone may not feel the same things when they see a certain color. And that’s okay.
I love a children’s book that celebrates our different experiences but doesn’t make them divisive. Because no matter what it means to me, her blue is happy. And that makes me smile.

Mock Caldecott: Cast Your Vote!

book cover for Bluebird by Bob StaakeThe Caldecott Medal is awarded every year by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Join us at the Columbia Public Library on Thursday, January 16 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room for some of the best picture books of 2013. You can even cast your vote on which one is most worthy of the award. Two titles we will be sharing are “Bluebird” by Bob Staake and “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown. Which book will you choose? Register now by calling (573) 443-3161. All ages welcome.

Big Books Available for Check-out

A library staff member reads a BIG bookWhether you are a special guest reader in your child’s class or you want to play school at home, enhance the experience with big books. We now have a collection of oversized books geared toward early childhood classrooms that includes fiction, nonfiction and Spanish titles. You can check out up to three oversized books at one time.

The entire selection of books is available to browse in the Columbia Public Library, or place the titles that interest you on hold, and they will be delivered to Fulton, Ashland or the bookmobile for you. Note: these big books are REALLY BIG – too big for the lockers in Hallsville and Holts Summit.

2013 Missouri Building Blocks: Duckling Gets a Cookie?!

Book cover for The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo WillemsDecember 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.

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie JarTo 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.