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.
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.
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.
Anna Francesca Garcia, Education Librarian, demonstrates with photos of her child how the library is more than just a place full of books. Priceless!
What is your Chocolate Me! story? Everyone has one!
In Chocolate Me! written by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, a young boy is teased by the kids in the neighborhood for his darker skin color. The young boy, upset and confused, then inquires to his mom, who tells him that we are all unique in our own way and we should embrace our differences, it’s the thing that makes us all special! Love your chocolate skin, for it is part of you! Chocolate Me! is all about finding your own sweet inside. It is about individuality, positivity and accepting each other’s differences.