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Kids on Stage

Annabel the actress, starring in camping it up by Ellen Conford ; illustrated by Renee W. Andriani

Stage fright by David Lubar ; illustrated by Matt Loveridge

Lights, camera— cats! by Carolyn Keene ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle

Picture perfect by P.G. Kain

William's midsummer dreams by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Starring Jules (in drama-rama) by Beth Ain ; illustrated by Anne Keenan Higgins

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

Unusual Pets

Cats and dogs are fun, but check out these guides to keeping more interesting animals as pets

Miniature horses: cool pets! by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn

Caring for your hermit crab by Adele Richardson

Tricky tarantulas by Alex Kuskowski, author ; C.A. Nobens, illustrator

Bugs as pets by Jay F. Hemdal


Hilarious hedgehogs by Kelly Doudna, author ; C.A. Nobens, illustrator


The chinchilla handbook: filled with full-color photographs by Sharon L. Vanderlip; illustrations by Michele Earle-Bridges

LEGO Video Games

Revisit some of your favorite characters in the world of LEGO! Here are a select few LEGO video games you can play, but there are also many more LEGO video games to check out.

The Lego movie — Available on PS4, Xbox One, 3DS, and Wii U

Lego. The hobbit — Available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and 3DS

Suggestions for Traveling "Around the World" with CYS

If exotic locales do not fit your summer travel plans, here are some suggestions for reading and listening. Remember "travel" can be in your own backyard as well as "around the world."

Broaden children's listening horizons with:

The rough guide to world playtime [sound recording]

Mariachi fiesta! [sound recording]: sing-along

The rough guide to African music for children [sound recording]

Putumayo kids presents Asian dreamland [sound recording]

Sing-along travel songs [sound recording]

The rough guide to African lullabies [sound recording]

Swing around the world [sound recording]

Beyond our comprehensive selection in travel guides, these choices might catch adult interests:

Learn about Weird, Gross and Awesome Animals

Not all animals are cute cuddly. Some of them are gross or downright weird.

Weird sea creatures by Erich Hoyt

Odd animal helpers by Gabrielle Reyes

Animal grossapedia by Melissa Stewart

Ack! icky, sticky, gross stuff underground by Pam Rosenberg ; illustrated by: Beatriz Helena Ramos

Animal grossology: the science of creatures gross and disgusting by Sylvia Branzei ; illustrated by Jack Keely

Animal Heroes

Animal heroes: true rescue stories by Sandra Markle

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Courageous canine: and more true stories of amazing animal heroes by Kelly Milner Halls

Dog heroes by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

The winter horses by Philip Kerr

Soldier dog by Sam Angus


Horse heroes by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Video Games for Animal Lovers

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