Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak, children's book author and illustrator, has passed away at the age of 83. Best known for his Caldecott Medal-winning book Where The Wild Things Are, which was also adapted into a major motion picture in 2009, Sendak wrote and illustrated many other well-known books in his 60-year career, including Outside Over There and In The Night Kitchen.

Historical Fiction Picture Books

Do you enjoy historical fiction? Do you also enjoy reading a good picture book? The library has a variety of excellent picture books that take place in the past. Let the suggestions below transport you to another time and place with their moving storylines and wonderful illustrations.

Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Ronald Himler

Mind your manners, Alice Roosevelt! by written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Adam Gustavson

The wheat doll by Alison L. Randall; illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

Michigan Picture Books

If you're looking for a picture book about Michigan, or one that takes place in Michigan, we have you covered. Here's a list of fun picture books from the "mitten state."

M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford; illustrated by Michael Monroe

Gitchi Gumee by written by Anne Margaret Lewis; illustrated by Kathleen Chaney Fritz

Rascal makes mischief on Mackinac Island by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds; illustrated by Darrin Brege

The day the Great Lakes drained away by written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker

Spring Reads

Celebrate the season by picking up an easy-to-read book about springtime. You can find the books listed below in the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy spring!

Springtime in Bugland! by David A. Carter

Happy go Ducky by cover illustration by Jackie Urbanovic ; story by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Joe Mathieu

Spring is here!: a story about seeds by Joan Holub ; illustrated by Will Terry

Poppleton in spring by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Mark Teague

In my backyard by written by Don L. Curry ; illustrated by Erin O'Leary Brown

Target Family Reading Night: Spring Celebration

Children ages 4-9 with a caregiver can join us Monday, April 16 from 7:00-8:00 PM to celebrate the springtime season. We will read a story, enjoy activities, eat treats, and make a springy craft. Each family will also receive one free book to take home. This program is funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Registration begins on March 26, 9:00 AM.

Baby Games

Help your infant develop brain power and have fun by trying out some new games during playtime. Below are some suggested books filled with ideas for baby and caregiver play. You can find these titles in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby minds: brain-building games your baby will love by Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D

Baby play by general editors Wendy S. Masi, Roni Cohen Leiderman

Baby days: activities, ideas, and games for enjoying daily life with a child under three by Barbara Rowley

Your child at play. Birth to one year: discovering the senses and learning about the world by Marilyn Segal; foreword by Wendy Masi

Funny Reads

Looking for a funny and easy read? Try some of the books listed below next time you need a good laugh. They can all be found in the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy reading!

Splat the cat sings flat by Rob Scotton

Itchy, itchy chicken pox by Grace Maccarone; illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Amelia Bedelia under construction by story by Herman Parish; pictures by Lynn Sweat

Big surprise in the bug tank by Ruth Horowitz; pictures by Joan Holub

Minnie and Moo: the case of the missing jelly donut by Denys Cazet

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me, designed by Sesame Street, is a fun, educational site with tips and tools to help kids keep their teeth clean and looking great. It's never too early to learn that a healthy mouth leads to an overall healthy body! In addition to printable activity sheets, this website features fun videos, games, and songs all about dental health.

Dog Books

Some of our most-loved picture books at the library are about our canine friends. Check out some dog tales today and discover a new favorite!

Sally goes to the vet by written and illustrated by Stephen Huneck

10 little hot dogs by John Himmelman

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Carl goes to daycare by Alexandra Day

What puppies do best by Laura Numeroff ; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Rainy Days

With the mild winter we've been having, it feels more like spring outside! We've seen more rain lately than snow. Why not curl up with an easy-to-read book about a rainy day? Listed below are some fun titles about rainy day adventures. Happy reading!

Olivia and the rain dance by adapted by Maggie Testa; illustrated by Guy Wolek

Rain [kit] by written by Marion Dane Bauer; illustrated by John Wallace

The rainy day grump by Deborah Eaton; photographs by Dorothy Handelman

Pinky and Rex and the double-dad weekend by James Howe; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

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