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Classic Children's Books

Everyone might have their own definition of what makes a "classic" book, perhaps it's an award-winner, something that's stood the test of time, or simply something everyone reads and is familiar with. Here are some titles that might be considered classics today.

Moo, baa, la la la! by Sandra Boynton — Sandra Boynton is a widely recognized illustrator and has created a delightful series of board books for the youngest patrons.

The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle — Other books written or illustrated by Eric Carle might also be considered classics, but this one is arguably the msot recognizable. For other titles written by Eric Carle, look in J PICTURE BOOK CAR.


Where the wild things are by Story and pictures by Maurice Sendak — "Let the wild rumpus start!" Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated many well-known children's books in addition to this one, many of which can be found in J PICTURE BOOK SEN.

Realistic Fiction for Fourth Grade

Fiction stories for readers looking for an escape into reality. Suggestions are geared for fourth graders, but may be enjoyed by others.

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume

The best Christmas pageant ever by Barbara Robinson  Although centered on a Christmas pageant, this remains a hilarious story about how people can surprise you. 

School daze collection by Jerry Spinelli

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Wonder by R.J. Palacio — And if you liked Wonder (or if the hold list is still long), try Absolutely Almost.

Biographies for Fourth Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these. Suggestions are geared toward fourth graders, but may appeal to everyone.

Vincent van Gogh and the colors of the wind by text by Chiara Lossani; illustrations by Octavia Monaco

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr; paintings by Ronald Himler

Chuck Close: face book by Chuck Close

A stranger at home: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; artwork by Liz Amini- Holmes -- The continuing story of Olemaun, which was begun in Fatty Legs.

The pilot and The little prince: the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sis -- If you're interested in reading the classic story of The Little Prince, look in JFICTION SAINT-EXUPERY.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of April 13. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, April 13-May 23:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)


ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, April 13. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, April 13-May 23:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old to get moving with their caregivers, dancing is a great way to have some fun. 


[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Target Family Reading Night: Fluffy Bunnies

Families with children ages 4-8 can join us for a cozy evening celebrating fluffy bunnies. We'll read stories, create something, and have a little snack. We might even get a visit from some fuzzy bunny friends from the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary.

Registered patrons must be present to receive their free book.

Register beginning March 26.

Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Target Early Literacy Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Realistic Fiction for Third Graders

Like to keep your fiction firmly grounded in the real world? Try this list of realistic fiction titles.
 

Ramona the pest by Beverly Cleary — Begins a series of tales about Ramona and her family. In this story, Ramona is in Kindergarten, but further adventures take place as she gets older.

Yang the youngest and his terrible ear by Lensey Namioka

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker  The beginning of a series. For more stories about Clementine, head to JFICTION PENNYPACKER. 

Dexter the tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Starting with Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor — The beginning of a series about Alice, which actually follows her until she grows up.

Biographies for Third Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these. Suggestions are geared toward third graders, but may appeal to everyone.

The house Baba built: an artist's childhood in China by Ed Young, text as told to Libby Koponen

Queen of the track: Alice Coachman: Olympic high-jump champion by Heather Lang; illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan

Mary Walker wears the pants: the true story of the doctor, reformer, and Civil War hero by Cheryl Harness; illustrated by Carlo Molinari

Shackleton's journey by William Grill

Read Aloud Nights during March is Reading Month

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child" (Dr. Seuss).

In this case, join us during March is Reading Month while we pick up a book and read with you. We'll celebrate our love of reading by sharing some of our favorite picture books for older children and a few chapter book excerpts.

All ages are encouraged to stop by for a listen.

Tuesday, March 17 from 7:00-7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 31 from 7:00-7:30 PM

Assignment: Autobiography

True stories of real people can be fascinating, even more so when told in their own voice. Enjoy a selection of autobiographies.

Believe: the victorious story of Eric LeGrand by Eric LeGrand with Mike Yorkey

Cheaper by the dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Code name Pauline: memoirs of a World War II special agent by Pearl Witherington Cornioley with Hervé Larroque ; edited by Kathryn J. Atwood

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

Teen Book Awards 2015: The Michael L. Printz Award

If you're looking for a recommended teen book, try one of these. The Michael L. Printz Award is bestowed yearly on books that demonstrate excellence in young adult literature. For more information on this and other awards, check the YALSA Website

2015 Michael L. Printz Winner


I'll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson


2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Books


And we stay by Jenny Hubbard

Carnival at Bray: a novel by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper jungle by a history by Andrew Smith

This one summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki


Awards for Beginning Reader Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and loveDr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check theALA website.

2015 Award Recipients and Honor Books:

You are (not) small by Anna King ; illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Mr. Putter & Tabby turn the page by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Arthur Howard

Waiting is not easy! by Mo Willems