Summer in Columbia, Missouri

Our summer plans… Mizzou, Stephens, and Columbia College have all had their graduation ceremonies and many students have moved away for the summer. We’ve already noticed the change: there’s more parking, you can get a table at Cafe Berlin for brunch … Continue reading

10 Reasons to Visit the Kid’s Nook at Yellow Dog Bookshop

10 Reasons to visit the Kid’s Nook at Yellow Dog Bookshop

  1. We have a fabulous mural painted by local artist Jessie Starbuck.  Our tree mural is the perfect backdrop for sitting down and reading a picture book or two. Painted Tree in the Kid's Nook
  2. Our cozy nook is a place to take a quiet moment with your child if you need to get out of the cold/heat of Missouri weather.  little girl wearing cat ears sitting on a low bench reading a book in the kid's nook.  We welcome breastfeeding mothers, too.  If you need to feed your babe, come on in.
  3. We have picture books!Night Before Christmas picture book open to a spread of santa on top of the house with the reindeer.
  4. Middle readers… we’ve got you covered with both old and new titles!Middle readers are in luck! We have so many good titles for you!
  5. We have Story Time at least once a month.  And okay, so it doesn’t happen INSIDE the Kids’ Nook… but it happens right outside in the main part of the bookshop.  The stories we read are always chosen from the Kid’s Nook.Our story time reader reads to kids sitting on our checkerboard floor.
  6. We LOVE to know what you’re reading… .  Pssst.  We read a lot of kid’s books- we kind of like them.  A lot.  In fact, Kelsey reads mostly YA books and she loves to talk about them with other YA readers!an illustration of Alice from Alice in Wonderland when she's huge inside the house as a section sign for the young adult section.  The sign is stuck on the end of a bookcase which recedes into the distance.
  7. We have two kids and they demanded that we have a spot for them in the shop.Close up photograph of two kids- 5 year old girl holds her 2 year old brothers face to puff his cheeks out
  8. Classics.  There is a reason these books are classics… kids (grown up kids) and current kids alike love books like: Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, the Mrs. Pickerell books, Alice in Wonderland and more.A close up picture of book spines and one book faced out called Mrs. Pickerell goes to the Moon.
  9. Our selection is always changing.  We may not have the newest children’s picture books, but we will have a little something that you didn’t even know you needed.A person's hand holds an older blue book with a black and white drawing of a horse racing a train in the snow.
  10.  We have a secret pink bird in the Kids’ Nook.  No, really.  Have you found it yet?

Bean Reads


Our daughter, Sally (also known as Bean), is 5 1/2 and loves being read to.  She isn’t quite reading on her own yet, but it will probably happen any day now and when it does… she’ll be unstoppable.  After reading to her from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic this evening, we discussed which stories (from all of the books) are her favorite and so she made a list (which included much giggling when she recalled what each story is about).  If you haven’t heard of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle… well, you’re missing out.  She is, in short, a very kind woman who understands how children are and always has time to listen to their stories, dreams, and problems.  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an up-side down house, has buried treasure in her backyard and always keeps & displays prominently, the strange and lumpy gifts that children make for her.  As Bean says, “she’s just really magical and solves problems.”

Bean’s favorite Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories, in order:

1. The Thought-You-Saiders Cure from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic

Hilarity ensues when three siblings are constantly mishearing things that their parents say.  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle recommends a magical powder that intensifies their hearing which quickly solves the problem. 

2. The Radish Cure from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

A little girl refuses to take a bath/shower and on the advice of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, her parents let her get nice and dirty so that they can plant little radishes in her layers of dirt.  All problems are solved when the radishes start to grow off of her skin and she begs to take a shower! 

3. The Won’t-Pick-Up-Toys Cure from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

A little boy needs to be fed by rake and garden hose via his bedroom window when his toys take over his room and he can’t get out of his bedroom door.  But when Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle comes by his house with a marching band and a parade, he quickly sees the error of his ways and cleans up his mess.

4. The Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker Cure from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Bean’s favorite part is when Allen, the boy who won’t eat more than a spoonful at meals, is so weak that he lays across Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s horse, Spotty.  Allen is described as a sack of cornmeal, a doughboy, & a wet sock because he so pale and weak from not eating.  Bean rolls with laughter at each descriptor.

5. The Messy Stuff-and-Cram Cure from Happy Birthday Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Poor Katy is essentially attacked by all of the stuff she’s messily crammed into every corner, drawer, box, & closet of her room after Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle consults with her parents.  Katy goes from a crammer of stuff to folder of clothes & an organizer of things- much to the happiness of her parents.  


The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories were written by Betty MacDonald.  Our favorite editions have drawings by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) & Hilary Knight (Eloise).  I find that I need to edit some of the gendered language out (little girls can be more than future housewives, after all) but on the whole they are very funny.  My mom was listening as I read to Bean tonight and I couldn’t help remembering when she read these to me when I was little- definitely a series to pass along through the generations.


Our First Story Time @ Yellow Dog Bookshop

A big hearty thank you to Captain / Librarian Julie Barnett, for docking her ship and being with us on dry land long enough to read some PIRATE themed stories in early celebration of Talk Like A Pirate Day! We learned that treasure is more than just money… BOOKS… are also currency on the high seas… (thank your local librarian next time you see her/him- they do SUCH a good job!).

We will have Story Time once a month to start (and hopefully more as we go along!).

The next one will be October 12th at 4pm!

And thanks, Kelsey Kupferer, for capturing the magic of our first Story Time at the Yellow Dog Bookshop!