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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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Kid's Featured Items
Submitted by Children on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:26
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