Kids

Realistic Fiction for Fourth Grade

Fiction stories for readers looking for an escape into reality. Suggestions are geared for fourth graders, but may be enjoyed by others.

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume

The best Christmas pageant ever by Barbara Robinson  Although centered on a Christmas pageant, this remains a hilarious story about how people can surprise you. 

School daze collection by Jerry Spinelli

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Biographies for Fourth Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these. Suggestions are geared toward fourth graders, but may appeal to everyone.

Vincent van Gogh and the colors of the wind by text by Chiara Lossani; illustrations by Octavia Monaco

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr; paintings by Ronald Himler

Chuck Close: face book by Chuck Close

A stranger at home: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; artwork by Liz Amini- Holmes -- The continuing story of Olemaun, which was begun in Fatty Legs.

Target Family Reading Night: Superhero Academy

Bring out the hero in you at our Target Family Reading Night on Wednesday, May 6, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Attendees, ages 4-8, will hear heroic stories, participate in a series of activities to get their "official" superhero certification, and receive a free book to add to their own personal library.  Costumes welcome.  Registration begins April 22.

This program is sponsored by the Target Early Literacy Grant.

Target Family Reading Night: Fluffy Bunnies

Families with children ages 4-8 can join us for a cozy evening celebrating fluffy bunnies. We'll read stories, create something, and have a little snack. We might even get a visit from some fuzzy bunny friends from the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary.

Registered patrons must be present to receive their free book.

Register beginning March 26.

Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Target Early Literacy Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Hunters of the Night: Birds of Prey

It’s all about survival! On Saturday, April 25 at 2:00-3:00PM, engaging raptors including an owl, falcon and EAGLE, will visit the Community Room to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Join our friend from the Leslie Science and Nature Center as they present a hands-on exploration of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts and provide a stimulating introduction to these birds of prey. Help us round out our Earth Week celebrations by appreciating the beauty of these Hunters of the Sky!

[bald eagle by Eric Begin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Docu Watch – "Never a Bystander"

Join us in watching this short documentary film titled Never A Bystander, featuring an inspiring Holocaust survivor, Irene Butter, who shows viewers how empowered choices — forgiveness included — enables lives of joy, purpose, and compassion. This film was filmed partially at Discovery Middle school in Canton.  Both the films subject, Irene Butter and the film’s director, Evelyn Neuhaus, will be in attendance for an engaging Q&A. All ages welcome on Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Children's Biographies for Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, read the fascinating true stories of some of the many women who have shaped our world.

I am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause. --Provided by publisher.

Bon appétit!: the delicious life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland
Follow Julia Child-chef, author, and television personality-from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. -- Provided by publisher.

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