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Story Hour Ideas

Looking to have a super-fun story hour at home? Check out these tips from our magnificent librarians!

Storytime Essentials

Newest Puppet Kits

Hedgie blasts off! [kit] by Jan Brett

Clumsy crab [kit] by Ruth Galloway

Water Books

Ocean realm by Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson

Stormchaser by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The jade necklace by Paul Yee ; illustrated by Grace Lin

Fishy Books

With books like these, who needs a Nemo movie?

A fishy story by text by Gail Donovan ; illustrations by David Austin Clar Studio

Hooray for fish! by Lucy Cousins

Professor Bumble and the monster of the deep by Daniel Napp ; translated by Hilary Schmitt-Thomas

Recent Board Book Arrivals

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Little tiger by illustrations by L. Rigo

Little puppy by illustrations by L. Rigo

Counting Books

New Children's Audiobooks

A random assortment of new Children's Books on CD. If you'd like updates on titles like these, you can subscribe via RSS feed.

Emma-Jean Lazarus fell in love [sound recording] by Lauren Tarshis

Alvin Ho collection. Books 1 & 2 [sound recording] by Lenore Look

Our Newest Joke Books

If you're looking for the cutting edge in Children's humor, you have found it!

Sidesplitters : a joke a day : 365 guaranteed giggles by illustrated by Martin Chatterton & Tony Trimmer

Knock, knock! by Saxton Freymann ... [et al.]

Scared silly! : Spongebob's book of spooky jokes by David Lewman

Award Winners for Listeners

The following picture books come from the Golden Kite Awards. See our list of award-winner lists for more ideas.

Golden Kite Award Picture Book Illustration

Last night by Hyewon Yum

Little Night by written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Award-winning Children's Books

Here are some recent award-winning Children's books. See our list of award lists for even more.

Babies in the bayou by Jim Arnosky

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Almost astronauts : thirteen women who dared to dream by Tanya Lee Stone

Sleepy-Time Reads

Nothing like a good story to settle down for bed and get the imagination ready for dreaming. And your baby will probably enjoy the story too.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene W. Field ; [illustrated by] David McPhail

Sleep, baby, sleep by illustrated by Teri Weidner

A book of sleep by Il Sung Na

Project SNAP Mural Unveiling

Hey Friends! Join us Monday, June 21, 2010 at 7:00PM for the unveiling of our mural created by Project S.N.A.P. from all the artwork created by students and families in PCCS. I'm so excited to see how it all came together and can't wait to have the black cloth of secrecy lifted. See you at 7:00! Oh and immediately following we have a small reception in the Purple Room in the Children's Department, so don't forget to stop in, say "Hi," and make a fun animal-shaped bookmark.

Enter to Win Jim Gill Tickets

Would you like to take the kids to see Jim Gill live at the Village Theater on June 24 at 11:00AM? You can enter to win 5 tickets on our Facebook page or through Twitter. Just post your family's favorite Jim Gill songs or tweet them to @CantonLibrary and we'll draw a name from the entries.

The fine print: One post per user name counts in the drawing but you can list as many favorites as you'd like. Posts must be made by noon on June 22. The winners will be posted on our Facebook page and listed on our website, or call the Children's Department at (734) 397-0999, option #5, for results.

Babies Read at the Library!

Here are some solid choices for reading to your baby at the library.

White on black by Tana Hoban

Baby manatee by written by Patricia A. Pingry; illustrations by Drew Rose

Baby orangutan by [photographs provided by San Diego Zoo; written by Julie D. Shively; illustrations by Meredith Johnson]

Morningtime Books

Books for baby about the morning and wake-up time.

Wake up, sleepy bear! by Christine Morton-Shaw and Greg Shaw ; illustrated by John Butler

Wake up, farm!: with flaps and pop-up fun by Andrew Everitt-Stewart

A child's good morning book by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Karen Katz

Ramona on the big screen

One of my favorite childrens' series are the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. My son enjoys them as well. Now you can see Ramona on the big screen. Ramona and Beezus will be in theaters on July 23rd. Check out the Ramona series, as well as Beverly Cleary's other books such as the Henry Huggins series, Mitch and Amy and The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

Summer Family Storytime

Storytimes are half-hour programs of activities, songs and stories. Register online today.
Program Date: Tuesday, June 29
Program Time: 10:00-10:30AM

World Cup Soccer 2010

Let's get our cleats on and root for Team USA! Right now we are standing strong having tied our game with England over the weekend. Root our boys on as they kick, pass, and score their way to the top. For all the latest FIFA information check out their website www.fifa.com and be sure to click on the page for Team USA. Also, be sure to check out our books on soccer so you can hone your skills and maybe someday be playing for Team USA!

Join Us For Some Rainbow Magic

On Tuesday, June 29th at 2:00PM, children in Kindergarten through Second Grade can break out the fairy wands and sparkles and help us celebrate one of our very favorite book series. Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, June 15th.

Happy Birthday Jacques Cousteau!

Today would have been Jacques Cousteau's 100 birthday! How appropriate that it falls just one week before Summer Reading 2010, Make a Splash @ Your Library. Get in the wet and wild mood by checking out a biography about this fascinating marine conservationist. And don't forget registration begins for Summer Reading on June 21st.

Funky folktales

Looking for a familiar story with a twist? You might enjoy one of these re-imaginings of popular fairy tales. When you're done reading, think of ways you could change your favorite stories. Then you could make a book of your own!