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Kids Read Comics - Comics Event in Ann Arbor

Do you love comics? Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd the Ann Arbor District Library invites you to a totally free event: Kids Read Comics! Learn, draw, meet cartoonists! Can't make it to KRC? Check out these great graphic works by some of KRC's featured artists:

Mysteries For Kids

Early Chapter Books

Nate the Great and the lost list by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat ; illustrated by Marc Simont

Cam Jansen and the mystery at the haunted house by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Princess mix-up mystery by Carolyn Keene ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

The deadly dungeon by Ron Roy ; illustrated by John Steven Gurney

The case of the double trouble detectives by James Preller ; illustrated by Jamie Smith ; cover illustration by R.W. Alley

Robot rumble by Franklin W. Dixon ; illustrated by Scott Burroughs

Middle Chapter Books

Cute Baby Animals

Check out these adorable books about the youngest animals out there!

Are you my baby? by Kathleen Rizzi

Baby animals by Roger Priddy

Animal babies by Andrea Pinnington and Tory Gordon- Harris

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: spring babies by written by Erica Silverman ; painted by Betsy Lewin

Biscuit and the little pup by story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; pictures by Pat Schories

Animal Lover Scavenger Hunt

Animals have scattered throughout the library! Can you find them all? Follow these instructions:
  1. Obtain an activity log from the CYS Activity Center.
  2. Read each clue and search the library to find a picture of the animal described.
  3. Write down the name and location of each animal you find.
  4. Submit your completed sheet at the Command Center to be entered into a drawing. Don’t forget to claim your Animal Lover: On The Scene badge online, too!

Kids eBooks starring Animals

Check out these stories about animals, and take them with you wherever you go-on your Kindle, iPad, smartphone or other device!
All of these titles are available through OverDrive:

Flora & Ulysses [electronic resource]: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell

The familiars [electronic resource] by Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson ; art by Peter Chan & Kei Acedera

Endangered Animals

Some animals are in danger of becoming extinct.  If you are an animal lover that wants to learn more about these animals and how you can help, check out one of these books!

Extraordinary endangered animals by Sandrine Silhol and Gaëlle Guérive ; illustrations by Marie Doucedame

What's the difference?: an endangered animal subtraction story by Suzanne Slade ; illustrated by Joan Waites

Endangered animals by created and written by John Bonnett Wexo ; scientific consultant, Kurt Benirschke

Eyewitness endangered animals by written by Ben Hoare and Tom Jackson

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

Want to learn more about the wide world of wildlife?

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia is a searchable ebook for learning more about your favorite animals - from the pig-nosed turtles and river otters to emus and wildebeests.

Explore the World with CultureGrams

CultureGrams is an online database that features detailed information on over 200 countries.  Learn more about the peoples of other continents, or explore our neighbors to the North, South, East or West with the States and Provinces Editions, which tour the U.S. and Canada. 

True Stories of Animal Friendship

They might not be the same species, but these amazing animals know just how important it is to have a good friend by your side:

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

Owen & Mzee: the language of friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu ; with photographs by Peter Greste

Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley

Friends by written by Catherine Thimmesh

Chow Down eBooks for Children

Carnivores [electronic resource] by Aaron Reynolds ; illustrated by Dan Santat

Candy bomber [electronic resource]: the story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" by Michael O. Tunnell

Little Pea [electronic resource] by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; illustrated by Jen Corace

Hasty pudding, Johnnycakes, and other good stuff [electronic resource]: cooking in colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord ; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Mr. Putter & Tabby stir the soup [electronic resource] by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Arthur Howard

The rule of three [electronic resource] by Megan McDonald

Food DVDs for Kids

The Wiggles. Let's eat! [videodisc]

Sesame Street. C is for cooking [videodisc]

Activity TV [videodisc]: Cooking, lunches & desserts

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film

The nut job [videodisc] by Open Road Films presents ; a Redrover Co. Ltd. and Toonbox Entertainment Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures film ; produced by Wookyung Jung, Graham Moloy ; screenplay by Lorne Cameron, Peter Lepeniotis ; directed by Peter Lepeniotis

Fizzy's lunch lab. Fresh food 101 [videodisc] by created by Evan Sussman, Dave Schlafman ; directed by Mike Annear, Evan Sussman

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

Book Bundles

Looking for a book (or audiobook or movie) to complete a badge? Come into the library and grab a bundle. Bundles are two or three similar items which we've bundled together. Maybe they are read-alikes for a popular author, or perhaps they all share a theme.  Convenient and fun--pick one up today!

Chow Down Streaming Movies for Children

Secret pizza party [electronic resource] — How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!


The wiggles: yummy, yummy [electronic resource] — Sing along to funny tunes about numbers, food and favorite animal friends.


Noodle and doodle: all aboard with noodle and doodle [electronic resource] — Make delicious recipes and kid friendly creations to remember a special vacation using materials from around the home.


Noodle and doodle: noodly doodly things to make [electronic resource] — Encourage your child's sense of creativity with fun craft projects and kid-friendly recipes that families can make together.


In the night kitchen [electronic resource] — Sendak's classic comic fantasy of Mickey's adventures in the night kitchen tells us how we get our morning cake.

Chow Down Music for Children

Fun food songs [sound recording] by Raffi — This CD has tasty assortment of songs that are sure to satisfy listeners of all ages.


Fun food songs [electronic resource] — Stream this tasty assortment of songs via hoopla.


Disney funny food songs [sound recording] — A CD of funny food songs.


Ratatouille [sound recording]: what's cooking? — A CD of songs inspired by Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille.

Ratatouille [sound recording] by music by Michael Giacchino — The CD soundtrack to the movie.

Strawberry Shortcake [sound recording]: strawberry jams — This CD of songs from the "Strawberry Shortcake" videos features a lot of--you guessed it--strawberries!


Charlie and the chocolate factory [sound recording]: original motion picture soundtrack by music by Danny Elfman — A CD of songs celebrating Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

Chow Down Books on CD for Children

Gingersnap [sound recording] by Patricia Reilly Giff

The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred [kit] by Samantha R. Vamos ; illustrated by Rafael López

Feast for 10 [kit] by Cathryn Falwell

Granny Torrelli makes soup [sound recording] by Sharon Creech

The Prince's breakfast [kit] by written by Joanne Oppenheim ; illustrated by Miriam Latimer

The great cake mystery [sound recording]: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop [sound recording] by Kate Saunders

Animals As the Main Characters

Poppy by Avi ; illustrated by Brian Floca

The mouse and the motorcycle. Illustrated by Louis Darling by Cleary, Beverly

Warrior Series by Erin Hunter

Redwall by Brian Jacques ; illustrated by Gary Chalk

Watership down: a novel by Richard Adams

The tale of Despereaux: being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris van Dusen

Books About Animal-Human Relationships

Healthy Pets

Books About Animals for Children

Picture Books

The helpful puppy by Kim Zarins ; illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Click, clack, moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Betsy Lewin

Click, clack, moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Betsy Lewin

My farm friends by Wendell Minor

Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley