Kids

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Cupcake cousins by Kate Hannigan

During a family vacation at Lake Michigan, nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia, desperate to avoid being flower girls in their aunt's wedding, try to demonstrate that they would do better as chefs for the reception.

The friendship code by Stacia Deutsch
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Looking forward to joining the new coding club at school so that she can develop her app idea, Lucy is disappointed by the lukewarm reception she receives from the club's other members, who work with her to decipher mysterious coding notes.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Ana and Andrew: The perfect pet by Christine A. Platt

Ana & Andrew are getting a new pet! They research different pets before choosing the best pet for their family. Then they pick a name for it! Read more about Ana and Andrew.

Carlos and Carmen want to make this Mother's Day special. But they need a little help from Papá. Everything is going great until their fluffy, yummy surprise sinks right before their eyes. Luckily, the twins have a great idea that turns their mistake into a really special Mother's Day surprise. Read more Carlos and Carmen.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here.  Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

Mary had a little glam by Tammi Sauer

Mary shares her glamorous style with all of her classmates.

Outside, the wind whistles; the temperature drops. You look skyward, and see the first white flakes of snow drifting gently towards the ground. It's the perfect time to curl up indoors with one of these wintry, snowy picture books listed below.

Sheltering in a cavern, Chirri and Chirra enjoy sweet treats, a game of marbles, soaking in a hot spring, and a comfortable rest in an igloo that is just the right size.

First snow by Nancy Viau

Friends gather outside to celebrate the first snowfall of the season with snowball fights, sledding, building igloos, drinking hot chocolate, and making the most of a windy, wintry day.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. 

Celebrate Veterans Day and read one of the books linked below to celebrate and honor our veterans. 

-Information on Veterans Day was gathered at History.com 
 

The Frank show by David Mackintosh

Winter Snow Spree Drive Around - PROGRAM FULL

The snow will go on! You're invited to join us for a special drive-through version of CPL's Winter Snow Spree. Slowly cruise through our outdoor winter wonderland! Roll down your windows to hear live music with Melissa Behring, peep the Detroit Zoo penguin cam on a huge screen, be amazed by the Detroit Circus fire performers, see a feathered friend from the Howell Nature Center, as well as pick up some take home activity kits! We will safely bring the goods right to your car. Enjoy our winter playlist while you complete your Snow Spree activities at home!

Goodies given while supplies last.

To maximize traffic flow, please come at your assigned time and enter the library's west drive from Veteran's Parkway. View event map here

​(Snowflake by Liz West is licensed under Creative Commons)

 

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Looking for picture books for Thanksgiving but everything's checked out? Below is a list of books about family meals and being thankful that are perfect for getting you into the Thanksgiving spirit. 

Stories About Family Dinners

As a family sits down to enjoy a meal, thoughts of those who provide the food, from farmers who plant and tend seeds to store clerks who sell groceries, fill each one with gratitude.

 

Enjoy a series of playlists that will make you want to grab a dance partner and get on your feet. Dancing is a great way for all ages to have fun together and build gross motor skills. Try one of our themed playlists to get yourself in the mood to get moving! Playing Spotify playlists does require a free Spotify account.

 

Other fun playlists to try:

To create a festive spirit during Halloween, check out the following spooky tunes. Albums below can be found either in our CD collection or on Hoopla, and some are in both formats where noted.

You can also enjoy our Monster Mash playlist, available to listen to with a free Spotify account.

Addams Family theme song -- Boo, boo, black cat -- Creepy, crawley creature -- Fugue in D minor -- Spooky "E" sounds --- Oh my monster, Frankenstein -- Did you ever see a ghoulie? -- A haunting we will go -- Do you know the Invisible Man? -- Jack-o'-lantern in the window -- Kitty cat costume -- The "L" song -- Monster mash -- Nive nervous nightcrawlers -- Spooky "O" sounds -- Purple people eater -- Quickly, quickly, children -- Rats go marching -- If you're scary and you know it -- Trick, trick, trick or treat -- Underneath the stairs -- One vampire -- We've been working with the witches -- See, see my x-ray -- Yakety yak (Halloween's back!) -- Five little zombies.

Listen on Hoopla.

Monster mash -- Theme from the Addams Family -- Addams groove (from The Addams Family) -- Ghostbusters -- The Munsters theme -- This is Halloween (from The nightmare before Christmas) -- Thriller -- The time warp (from The Rocky horror picture show) -- Ding dong the witch is dead (from The wizard of Oz) -- Casper, the friendly ghost -- Purple people eater -- Wooly bully

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors Native American and Indigenous people as well as their history and culture. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October across the United States. Today is a great day to read a book by and about Native American people!

Nonfiction

The people shall continue by 1941- Simon J. Ortiz
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