Kids

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

Bird Books for the Young at Heart

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

Do you really want a bird? by Bridget Heos ; illustrated by Katya Longhi

Have you heard the nesting bird? by words by Rita Gray ; pictures by Kenard Pak

Mama built a little nest by Jennifer Ward ; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

For the birds: the life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas ; illustrated by Laura Jacques

Travel with Kid's Movies!

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 
For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

Easy Fiction

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Meeting Cézanne by Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by François Place

The Order of the Owls by Elisa Puricelli Guerra ; illustrated by Gabo León Bernstein ; translated by Chris Turner

The great Egyptian grave robbery by created by Jeff Brown ; written by Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

The mystery of the crystal castle: Bavaria, Germany by Carole Marsh

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.


The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles

Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

Access Creativity Through eMagazines

Explore our Zinio magazine database for all your creative needs this summer. Enjoy access to eMagazines on gardening, crafting, cooking, parenting, decorating and more, and be inspired to do some creating of your own.

Access to the Zinio database requires an email address and an active Canton Public Library card. Use our handy instruction sheet for more information on the database and for tips on how to get started. 

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