Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2010

Every year, The New York Times Book Review asks a panel of judges to select ten picture books they consider to be the best children's picture books of the year. All of these books are available here at the Canton Public Library and are listed below.

Here comes the garbage barge! by written by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Red Nose Studio

Children make terrible pets by Peter Brown

Seasons by Blexbolex

Shadow by Suzy Lee

Mitten Award

Are you looking for an award-winning book so you can complete your Summer Reading log? Don't forget about books that have won the Mitten Award. This award is given yearly to an outstanding children's book that has captured the attention of youth librarians across the state of Michigan.

For a listing of books that have won the Mitten Award, click here.

Holiday Reads

Hey kids, did you spend the day doing holiday shopping with the grown-ups? You probably need some down time after navigating through all those crowds at the stores! Come to the library and grab something (free!) to read and wind down. I'm feeling Christmas-y, so here are some of my favorite easy-to-read Christmas tales to get you in the spirit:

Arthur's Christmas cookies by words and pictures by Lillian Hoban

Aunt Eater's mystery Christmas by story and pictures by Doug Cushman

The Christmas penguin by Mary Packard; illustrated by Teri Weidner

Minnie and Moo: the night before Christmas by Denys Cazet

Of course, we have many, many more great Christmas books, so come visit us and stock up!

Pumpkin Easy Reads

I'm definitely in a fall mood. With the weather getting cooler, I keep thinking about fall stuff like apple cider, warm soup, and pumpkins. I'm ready to go buy some pumpkins right now, but it's still a little too early for that. In the meantime, I think I'll just read some books about them. Here are some of my favorite easy-reading titles all about pumpkins. Enjoy!

Buster and the giant pumpkin by Marc Brown

Oh my, pumpkin pie! by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Kenneth Spengler

Pumpkin fever by written by Charnan Simon; illustrated by Jan Bryan-Hunt

Franklin's pumpkin by Sharon Jennings; illustrated by Robert Penman, Sasha McIntyre, Jelena Sisic, Shelley Southern

Duck Readers

With so many ponds nearby, I've been noticing a lot of ducks waddling around outside the library. Ducks are such nice birds — sometimes I like to feed them bread! I like reading about ducks, too. What about you? The library has lots of great books in our Readers section all about ducks! Try:

Ducks in muck by Lori Haskins ; illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Lucky duck by written by Ellen Weiss ; illustrated by Brian Lies

Goose and Duck by Jean Craighead George ; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Duck & company by Kathy Caple

And maybe next time you come to the library, you'll see some ducks outside on the grass, too!

Spring, where did you go?

I don't know about you, but with all the snow that fell today, it sure doesn't feel like spring to me.  Would you rather be thinking about warm weather and playing outside? If so, Sunny Days and Starry Nights will help. Flip through this book and find lots of ideas for fun stuff you can do outside. Plan some outdoor activites for yourself, and before you know it, it will actually be nice enough outside to do them!

The World of Biscuit

Are you a puppy lover? Then you will love Biscuit!  Biscuit is a little yellow pup who just loves to have fun.  Meet him in the first of many books in the Biscuit series for beginning readers.  He's also the star of several picture books and board books! Want to learn more about the world of Biscuit? Visit the website of the author behind the series, Alyssa Satin Capucilli. 

Hey, kids - meet Marley!

Marley, the lovable Labrador who inspired a best-selling book and a hit movie, now comes to us in a format for beginning readers.  Marley & Me: Meet Marley and Marley & Me: Marley to the Rescue follow the escapades of Marley, who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. If you love dogs, you'll definitely love reading about Marley's crazy adventures.

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