Kids

African American Children's Fiction

February is National African American History Month, and we've put together a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. These are chapter books featuring African American characters. Several titles are distinguished by being honored with or winning the Coretta Scott King Award, which is given annually to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Also on this list are several authors that have been honored or won the Newbery Award, awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in the previous year.

NOTE: Children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.

 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Winner of the 2015 Newbery Award and recognized as a 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, this novel in verse follows twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Realistic Fiction for Second Grade

Looking for books about regular folk? No fairies or princesses, mysteries, or history here.

Ivy and Bean by written by Annie Barrows  Looking for tales of friendship? Check out all the Ivy and Bean books at J FICTION BARROWS.

Freckle juice by Judy Blume  For anyone who thought having freckles is a good idea because they disguise the dirt on your neck.

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry  All about an imaginative second-grader who likes to tell stories.

Biographies for Second Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these and be inspired. Suggestions are geared toward second graders, but can be enjoyed by many ages.

Imogen: the mother of modernism and three boys by Amy Novesky  An introduction to a little-known photographer, who blended career, art, and family.

The Beatles were fab (and they were funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer  Don't forget to accompany a reading of this band biography with some music

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Good Morning! In the world of Children's Books, today is awesome! Among the many winners and honorees announced early this morning, we had the winners and honorees named for the Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Award. Be sure to check out these really well done non-fiction titles!

2015 Winner:

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator

2015 Honorees:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The family Romanov: murder, rebellion & the fall of imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker by words by Patricia Hruby Powell ; pictures by Christian Robinson

Newbery Award Winners 2015

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the Newbery for over 90 years for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, commonly given to a chapter book. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

The John Newbery Medal for 2015 has been awarded to:


The crossover by Kwame Alexander

The John Newbery Honor Books for 2015 are:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Enjoy Your Library without Leaving the House

Stuck inside on a snowy day?  Remember that many library services are can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch!

  • Watch TV or movies, or listen to music  or audiobooks (helpful while shoveling snow!) with Hoopla
  • Read digital magazines with Zinio
  • Read ebooks or listen to audiobooks with OverDrive

Instructions on using any of these services can be found on our emedia page. 

If you are doing research, please remember that most library databases can be accessed from home with your Canton Public Library card. 

African Tales and Crafts

Children ages 5-11 can celebrate African American History Month. We'll share African inspired crafts and folktales on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Purple Room. Make necklaces based off of the Samburu and Rendille tribes of Kenya, create your own mancala board, and take home a puzzle. Registration required.

Introducing the Canton Book Project

Is there a book you know and love? A title you find yourself recommending over and over again? Maybe it changed your life or your outlook. And maybe it could make a difference to someone else. 

The Canton Book Project is your chance to share your love of reading by giving out books to people in this community who, for whatever reason, don't read for pleasure or own books. Applications are being accepted from members of the community interested in being book givers. Book givers will have the opportunity to share the love of reading by distributing a book of their choice to other members of the community. Readers of all ages are encouraged to apply and books can be of any reading level.

By applying to be a Canton Book Project book giver you agree, if selected, to:

Movie Madness: How To Train Your Dragon 2

It's time again for Movie Madness! Join us on Wednesday, February 18, at 2:00 PM as we show How to Train Your Dragon 2.  In the latest adventure, Hiccup and Toothless must protect the peace when they find a cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons.

You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy chairs. This film is rated PG.

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