Kids

Children's Department

Welcome to the Missouri River Regional Library Children's Department!

 

The Children's Department has a wide variety of books and media materials available for checkout and use in the library. The staff of the Children's Department would be happy to help you with finding the items you are searching for. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

If you don't see an item in our collection and would like to suggest we purchase it, please contact Angie, the Children's Librarian.

Contacts

Angie Bayne
Children's Librarian
634-2464 x. 253
baynea@mrrl.org

Eric Lyon
Children's Programming
634-2464 x. 229
lyone@mrrl.org

Angie's bookshelf

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917
4 of 5 stars
On December 6, 1917, the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia was devastated by the largest man-made explosion. Two ships collided in the harbor, one carrying explosives. The shockwave and tsunami destroyed most of the town and left thousands de...
tagged: historical, nonfiction, and website
The House of Hades
4 of 5 stars
Oh Rick Riordan, how you break my heart and put it back together in a completely different way. I have been reading basically everything Riordan has written and I am never disappointed. I will admit that when starting House of Hades I h...
tagged: children-s-fiction, fantasy, and website
An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel
4 of 5 stars
Darel is a young wood frog who dreams of being a warrior. He lives in the Amphibilands protected by the Veil from the Scorpions and Spiders in the Outback. The scorpions and spiders have teamed up under the leadership of Queen Jarrah and...
tagged: children-s-fiction, fantasy, website, and magic
Aliens in Disguise
3 of 5 stars
David and Amy are enjoying their summer working at the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast. David's Grandma runs the place and really enjoys hosting alien tourists in small town Washington. She is so good at her job that she wins an award fr...
tagged: children-s-fiction, science-fiction, and website
Stickman Odyssey, Book 1: An Epic Doodle
3 of 5 stars
Zozimos just wants to go home. Unfortunately for him he has been banished by his evil witch of a stepmother. Try as he might he can't seem to find his way back to Sticatha. He encounters golems and princesses and heroes and monsters on h...
tagged: children-s-fiction, graphic-novel, website, historical, and fantasy


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Upcoming Events

We are always busy in the Children's Department. We offer a wide variety of programs for children and families. Please check out our full full list of programs and descriptions on the Children's Programs page.

Children's Pictures

 

Kid's Featured Items

Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

Before he was an inventor, before he was a statesman, before he was a printer, Franklin was a young son of a soapmaker with big ideas and a penchant for swimming in the Charles River of Boston. This made him a bit of an odd duck at the time, as many people of the 18th century believed swimming could make them sick. With this "mostly true story," Rosenstock shares how even as a boy, Franklin possessed a powerful curiosity and a can-do attitude that led him to create swim paddles for his feet and hands that would help him move faster and better, much like the fish he observed in the river. The alliterative, sibilant text is a rollicking read to share aloud with young students ("where he slid off his stinky shoes, stripped off his sweaty stockings, squirmed out of his sticky shirt, shed his steamy breeches, and splashed in"). There is plenty of emphasis on words and phrases that are highlighted by colorful and distinct typefaces, some sliding down the page or shaped like a watery wave. The watercolor and ink artwork conveys joy and motion, with young Ben splashing into the water, gleefully trying out his fins. An extensive bibliography, source notes for quotations, and a time line of Franklin's life add to the veracity and strength of this story. This is a fun introduction to one of the nation's founding fathers and a solid addition to collections needing a different perspective on this American icon.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Tumblebooks

The Library now subscribes to Tumblebook Library! TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

The TumbleBookLibrary has a selection of children's favorite story books. Old time favorites such as "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch, as well as favorite fairy tales such as "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Old Mother Hubbard" come to life in an educational and interactive way. Other titles include: "Diary of a Worm," “How I Became a Pirate,” "Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10," "One Duck Stuck," and "Tops and Bottoms." Older students or more accomplished readers can read our collection of read-along chapter books. Read-along titles feature narration, sentence highlighting, and automatic page turning.

You can find Tumblebooks Library on the MRRL website either at home or here in the library.