Before there was Greg Heffley, the wimpy kid of diary fame, there was five year-old David. No, David! is the grown-up expression of David Shannon’s experiences as that five year-old. David thinks he can’t do anything right because all day long, every day, his life is full of correction and admonition. His mother loves him, but boy, can he make a mess.
Building Blocks Makes Great Read Alouds for Young Children
Designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age, the Building Block Picture Book Award is sponsored by the Children’s Services Round Table of the Missouri Library Association.
Squeaker can't talk right now; he just read the story, Kisses on the Wind by Lisa Moser, and is feeling a little emotional. I've been doing storytime for a long time, and I know how powerful a picture book can be. Some people think that picture books are for little kids, but Squeaker knows that they can be enjoyed at any age. Do you have a favorite?
It’s that time of year again. The older children are off to school, and younger brother or sister wants something to do. How about checking out the Missouri Building Block Award Nominee display starting September 1st. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read aloud to children from the list of ten titles selected by a group of Missouri librarians. This award is to get young children from birth to kindergarten excited about reading.
Are you familiar with Mo Willems? He writes picture books for the very youngest children to those in primary grades and beyond and for their parents, who will enjoy his sometimes gentle and sometimes boisterous humor.
Check Out the Artistry In Your Library's Juvenile Easy Section
Are you looking for entertaining, enjoyable, and moving works of art? Are the art books in the library and the books store just too heavy and too content specific? Do you just want to look at pretty pictures and think about life from a new perspective? Try spending fifteen or twenty minutes in the Juvenile Easy Section of your library. Forget about the kid stories and childish themes; just look at the pictures and marvel at the skill, imagination, and dedication involved in illustrating these books. You can find everything from highly realistic to vaguely abstract works of art.
And the 2009 Winner Is...Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug!
The 2010 Building Block Picture Book Award election is being held at your local branch from September 1 through December 31. Children not yet in first grade may vote for their favorite title from the list of nominees. Participating in this election is fun for children, but don’t tell them it’s good for them, too. Pick up the list of nominees and a ballot at your local branch.
Mid-Continent Public Library has a wonderful collection of picture books. One of my new favorites is a book titled The Flower Man by Mark Ludy. It is a wordless book. However, the pictures paint a very sweet and rich story about how a small gesture can have a huge impact on an entire community.