Kids

Vote for the 2014 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award!

Cast your vote here. To cast a vote, a child must have listened to at least 5 of the books on this list. Voting is open to children in kindergarten and younger.

Please vote for one title. One vote per child is allowed. Voting ends December 31, 2014.

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Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Reviewed by Jamie Mayo

I listened to Okay for Now in preparation for the Kansas City Mock Awards, a tradition among librarians here (and all over the country) to make our best guesses as to what the Newbery Award committee will choose as the winner for 2012.

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Reviewed by Amy Morris

If you are looking for an engaging, interactive picture book to read with your child at bedtime or during a story time setting, then check out Press Here, by French author and illustrator Herve Tullet.

Seasonal Favorites from the Children's Staff

A recent poll of Children’s Services librarians netted a number of seasonal favorites that we thought you all might enjoy too. Check them out, and post your favorite winter-themed children's books in the comments!

Planning the Perfect Park

Plan-a-park

On a recent Sunday at the Plaza Branch, two dozen citizens gathered to plan their ideal Kansas City park. Sports fields, petting zoos, ice cream stands, rock-climbing walls, trails – no idea was too big or too small.

Rock the Block: Duplo Jams Comes to the Library

Duplo

Like a younger (and bigger) brother to Lego, Duplo has stacked its way into kids’ playrooms for decades. At twice the size of their Lego counterparts, Duplo blocks are safe toys for getting pre-schoolers’ imaginations fired up.