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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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Book Review: The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

The Matchbox Diary

A small object can bring back a flood of memory. In Paul Fleischman’s latest picture book, The Matchbox Diary, a little girl discovers an age-old cigar box filled with a collection of matchboxes. Each matchbox that she opens holds a memento of her great-grandfather.

2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

The children of Missouri have spoken, selecting Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons as the winner of the 2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

What holiday coming up is filled with dragon dances, fire-crackers, long-noodles, and gifts of red envelopes filled with money? Chinese New Year! There multiple choices for those who want to celebrate this holiday via the power of books. Here are a few festive options:

We Are the World

Multiculturalism is a complex concept, and a seven-syllable word, to boot. Little kids might not be able to say it, let alone understand it. How does a kid in preschool wrap his or her head around it? Luckily, there are a few books that take this abstract idea and make it really accessible. Here are three that I like.

Holiday Crafts: How to Make Gingerbread Man Christmas Ornaments

Gingerbread man ornaments

I made some of these adorable gingerbread man ornaments with the kids and for our Christmas book displays. Gingerbread man crafts are very fun to make and they made great gifts for the holiday season. Joanna (in the photos below) gave one to Nancy Stegeman (our Central youth services staff) and one to her brother and sister.