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Easy Fiction Soccer Books

Arthur and the best coach ever by text by Stephen Krensky


The ball hogs by Rich Wallace ; illustrated by Jimmy Holder


Captain Awesome, soccer star by Stan Kirby ; illustrated by George O'Connor


Ellie McDoodle: most valuable player by written and illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw


Emma dilemma and the soccer nanny by Patricia Hermes


Goalkeeper in charge by Matt Christopher ; text by Robert Hirschfeld

Animal Friendships

Two Bobbies: a true story of Hurricane Katrina, friendship, and survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery ; illustrated by Jean Cassels

A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler

Looking for Miza: the true story of the mountain gorilla family who rescued one of their own by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

Artists in the Real World

Into art? Here are some of our newest true stories of famous artists from around the world. Looking for more? Find other artists in our JBIO section by looking under their last name.

The scraps book: notes from a colorful life by Lois Ehlert

Leaving China: an artist paints his World War II childhood by James McMullan

The noisy paint box: the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Mo Willems by Abby Colich

Francisco Goya by Alix Wood

Fiction Books about Games

The challengers by Greg R. Fishbone ; illustrations by Ethen Beavers


The city of gold and lead by John Christopher


The Egypt game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder ; drawings by Alton Raible


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library by Chris Grabenstein


The game of sunken places by M.T. Anderson


Game on! by adapted by Tracey West


Games by Carol Gorman

True Stories of Athletes

Find your favorite sports stars by looking for their last names in our JBIO section. Here are some of our newest athlete biographies.

Lewis Tewanima: born to run by Sharon K. Solomon ; illustrated by Lisa Fields

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

Silent star: the story of deaf major leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise ; pictures by Adam Gustavson

You never heard of Willie Mays?! by written by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Terry Widener

Miguel Cabrera by Joanne Mattern

Michigan Nonfiction For Kids

Corner to Copa: the last game at Tiger Stadium, the first at Comerica Park by illustrations by Mike Thompson ; editor: Tom Panzenhagen


Michigan Wolverines by Ken Rappoport


Mackinac Bridge: the five mile poem by written by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen



Under Michigan: the story of Michigan's rocks and fossils by written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker


Birds of Michigan by Ted Black, Gregory Kennedy ; with contributions from John Acorn ... [et al.]

Bird Books for the Young at Heart

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

Do you really want a bird? by Bridget Heos ; illustrated by Katya Longhi

Have you heard the nesting bird? by words by Rita Gray ; pictures by Kenard Pak

Mama built a little nest by Jennifer Ward ; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

For the birds: the life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas ; illustrated by Laura Jacques

Owls by Valerie Bodden

Michigan Fiction For Kids

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis


Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff


The locked garden by Gloria Whelan


No cream puffs by Karen Day


The Danger Box by Blue Balliett


Mr. Chickee's messy mission by Christopher Paul Curtis


The wanigan: a life on the river by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Emily Martindale

Baseball Fiction in a Series


The Fenway foul-up
by David A. Kelly ; illustrated by Mark Meyers

Barnstormers. Game 1 by Loren Long, Phil Bildner

Jinxed! by Kurtis Scaletta ; illustrated by Eric Wight

Honus & me by Dan Gutman

The Fenway foul-up by David A. Kelly ; illustrated by Mark Meyers

The catch by Rick Jasper

The roar of the crowd by Rich Wallace

Michigan Picture Books For Kids

Little Michigan by written by Denise Brennan-Nelson ; Illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe


Clever Beatrice by written by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather McWhorter


The day the Great Lakes drained away by written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker


Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci


M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe


Meteor! by Patricia Polacco

Picture Books

Mirette on the high wire by Emily Arnold McCully


From there to here by Laurel Croza ; pictures by Matt James


Ming's adventure with the Terracotta Army by Li Jian ; translated by Yijian Wert


Linnea in Monet's garden by text, Christina Bjork ; drawings, Lena Anderson


Green is a chile pepper: a book of colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong ; illustrated by John Parra


Meet me at the moon by Gianna Marino

Travel with Kid's Movies!

Get Pinspired to Be Creative

Claim your Be Creative eLectrified badge by using our Pinterest Boards to get creative for your Connect Your Summer experience. 
Find recommendations and inspiration on any of the pinboards, but try our Be Creative pinboard for great ideas on making, creating, and doing.

Crafty Characters

Derek, the knitting dinosaur by Mary Blackwood ; illustrations by Kerry Argent

Extra yarn by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Lester's dreadful sweaters by written and illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Penguin in love by Salina Yoon

Pockets by Jennifer Armstrong ; illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Artist Ted by Andrea Beaty ; and [illustrations,] Pascal Lemaitre

GEEK OUT with 3D paper craft characters

In order to properly Geek Out, we have an assortment of paper craft figures available at the Connect Your Summer Activity Center. Feel free to work on the cut-out patterns in the library or the comfort of your home. There are a variety of your favorite characters spanning the geek lexicon, from Adventure Time to Zelda. The successful completion of one of these crafty characters will earn you an On the Scene Geek Out badge. Claim your you badge online today! Don't forget to share a pictures of the completed character.

Books for Kids Who Love Adventure Stories

Mission unstoppable by Dan Gutman

Itch: the explosive adventures of an element hunter by Simon Mayo

The billionaire's curse by Richard Newsome ; illustrated by Jonny Duddle

Ruby Redfort: look into my eyes by Lauren Child

Young samurai: the way of the warrior by Chris Bradford

Copper by Rebecca Lisle

The last musketeer by Stuart Gibbs

Loveable Picture Books

Where's my teddy? by Jez Alborough


Animals should definitely not wear clothing by written by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett


Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel; story and pictures by Virginia Lee Burton by Burton, Virginia Lee, 1909-1968


The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle


Freight train by Donald Crews


Olivia by written and illustrated by Ian Falconer

Yoga for Kids

Warrior pose, happy baby pose, boat pose, lion pose! Yoga is a great way to play and get moving with your kids. Try reading a yoga story and doing some of the poses together, or watch a yoga video for a more structured and guided approach!

Books

Little flower yoga for kids: a yoga and mindfulness program to help your child improve attention and emotional balance by Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RCYT

You are a lion!: and other fun yoga poses by Taeeun Yoo

Y is for yoga by Anita B. Adhikary ; illustrated by Jen Mundy

Little yoga: a toddler's first book of yoga by Rebecca Whitford & Martina Selway

Babar's yoga for elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff

OverDrive Kids Reading Room

The new OverDrive Kids Reading Room opens this week, just in time for Connect Your Summer. The Kids Reading Room makes it easier for kids to find and download eBooks and audiobooks just for them! You can search by book cover, reading or interest level or subject. Many of your favorite books that are checked out in the library are available as an eBook or audiobook. Then download and go! It's a great idea to check here before going on any summer trips. Happy Reading.