Spring is just around the corner, so get yourself ready by checking out some of these great picture books all about the season!

And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Bunny bunny catkin by Cathy MacLennan

Celebrates the joys of spring with illustrations, rhythmic text, and fun-to-imitate sounds.

Finding spring by Carin Berger

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.

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Don't get too hungry when you read one of these yummy picture books featuring cake!

Ida always has her nose in a book and Alfonso is unable to get her attention until he bakes a very special apple cake for her. Includes cake recipe.

Beverly runs into a problem while making the "caramel candy castle cake" for Oliver's party, but her creativity and her mother's encouragement save the day.

A birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas

Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow's birthday.

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Buddy's a basketball-playing golden retriever who finds a friend in the lonely misfit Josh and teaches him about the game. Bonus feature: Dog-U-Commentary - the Buddies dish about the story that started it all.

The movies feature an animal actor or animated critters that the whole family can enjoy.

A young cat and dog discover the dangers and delights of the outside world when they wander away from the farm.

Foster children Andi and Bruce have been placed with a flaky couple who care more for their aspiring rock careers than their charges. Their mischievous tendencies repeatedly get them into trouble. After a close call with the local pound, the kids end up searching for Friday, their secretly adopted dog, in an abandoned old hotel where they find several other stray dogs seeking shelter. They, along with three other local kids, begin caring for the strays. Bruce is a clever inventor whose innovative gadgets ensure top-notch care and constant entertainment for all the dogs. The police storm the hotel and take all the dogs to the pound. The kids attempt to rescue the dogs and it might just land them in separate group homes. Bernie, their social worker, will have to somehow convince the authorities, and perhaps a loving family, that the children were just doing what was right.

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Canton Public Library is proud to participate in Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a national campaign to have every child being read aloud to for 15 minutes every day starting at birth. This month, the Read Aloud movement emphasizes that reading aloud (1) helps build children's vocabulary, (2) promotes healthy brain development, and (3) continues to benefit a child even after s/he can read independently.

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and lots of fun! Our Baby Storytime sessions will be held in the Community Room.

Registration begins December 23
Session begins Tuesday, January 5 , 10:00 AM

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 4. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. Due to the renovation of the Children's Library all ABC Activity Time sessions wil take place in the Community Room.

ABC Activity Times, January 4-February 13:

Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM
Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM

Books For Babies - Colors

Infants generally have good color vision by five months of age.  They especially like bright shades of red, yellow and blue. 

Try these titles to give your baby some color stimulation and enhance their visual perception:

Are you eating something red? by [by Harriet Ziefert ; illustrated by] Ryan Sias

Circles by Yusuke Yonezu

Red pepper, yellow squash: a book of colors by concept by Rebecca Bondor

Zoom: a fast-paced book of colors by text by John Litton ; illustrations by Fhiona Galloway

Curl Up With a Cold-Weather Picture Book

The season is changing once again and it's time to get cozy under a blanket with a wintry book. Try these snowy weather-themed picture books and stay warm!

Snowy Sunday by Phyllis Root ; illustrated by Helen Craig

First snow by Peter McCarty

Snow by Sam Usher

The little snowplow by Lora Koehler ; illustrated by Jake Parker

If it's snowy and you know it, clap your paws! by Kim Norman ; illustrated by Liza Woodruff

Books For Babies - Nursery Rhyme Board Books

Introduce your baby to traditional, well-loved nursery rhymes in durable board book format. Here are some titles to get you started.

The itsy bitsy spider and friends by illustrated by Samantha Meredith

My favorite nursery rhymes by illustrated by Sanja Rešček and Hannah Wood

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