The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Scenic Regional Library’s annual Family Reading Night will be held this Friday, Nov. 8, at Union High School.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The first 150 children through the doors will receive a free book — all previous Building Block Award winners.

There will be several tables of craft activities relating to children’s books, as well as reading areas where students from East Central College’s student Missouri State Teachers Association chapter will be reading each of the 10 books nominated for this year’s Building Block Award.

Voting booths will be set up in the lobby area where children can vote on their favorite story. There will be regular ballots for older children to select their favorite and sticker ballots for younger children.

Their votes, along with those of children all over the state, will be tallied once the poll closes Dec. 31 to select the winner.

In between making crafts and listening to the Building Block nominee stories read aloud, Union High School drama students in Cathy Kapusciak’s class will act out the books “Find a Cow Now” and “Cat Secrets” on stage in the UHS theater.

The drama students also will lead children and families in mimicking their actions for two other stories, known as “Do As I Do.”

The theater presentations will begin at 7 p.m.

Building Block Award

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Children’s Services Round Table of the Missouri Library Association, is designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age.

The award process, with its list of 10 nominees, is meant to give parents and caregivers suggestions on quality books they can read with their children, she said, noting the list is selected by children’s librarians.

The 10 2013 Building Block Award nominees are:

“I’m Bored,” written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi;

“Cat Secrets,” written and illustrated by Jef Czekaj;

“Who’s Who?” written by Ken Geist and illustrated by Henry Cole;

“Oh No, George!” written and illustrated by Chris Haughton;

“It’s a Tiger!” written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard;

“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,” written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean;

“One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters,” written by Lola M. Schaefer and illustrated by Jessica Meserve;

“Find a Cow Now,” written and illustrated by Janet Stevens;

“Let’s Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy,” written and illustrated by Jan Thomas; and

“The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?” written and illustrated by Mo Willems.