You love Raina Telgemeier, but are looking for something for a slightly older reader? Try these.

Tomboy by Liz Prince

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.

The unlikely friendship between basketball team captain Charlie and robotics club president Nate is challenged when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders over funding that will either pay for new uniforms or a robotics competition.

This one summer by Mariko Tamaki

Rose's latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows, and the dangerous activities of older teens.

All the Raina Telgemeier graphic novels are checked out, and anything similar. So now you're looking for similar chapter books. Here are a few.

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Can you say catastrophe? by Laurie B. Friedman

"April Sinclair would like to blame someone for her mostly miserable life, and since her parents won't take responsibility, she blames the stork. Her teenage years kick off with a humiliating 13th birthday party, where one of her younger sisters reveals April's crush and the other puts on a show of peeing behind a tree like a boy. April can't wait to disown her loony family for a few weeks of summer camp with her two best friends. Meanwhile, she gets her first two kisses--from two different boys--and isn't sure how she feels about either one. But she's sure how she feels (horrified) when her parents cancel her camp plans in lieu of a family RV trip. Is there any silver lining to her summer?"--.

Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Raina's disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister is further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents' marriage.

ABC Activity Time

Mom with Child

ABC Activity Time will run for six weeks from September 12 - October 22. 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 games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Each playtime is preceded by a storytime, and takes place on

  • Mondays @ 10:30 AM 
  • Tuesdays @ 10:30 and 7:30 PM 
  • Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM 
  • Thursdays @ 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM
  • Fridays @ 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays @ 10:30 AM

NOTE that specific locations are listed below, and the library will be closed on Monday, October 10. There will be no programming that day.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 12 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 13 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 13 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, September 14 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 15 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 15 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, September 16 -
1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, September 17 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, September 19 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 20 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room

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Family Storytime

Storytime Patrons Listening

Family Storytimes will run for six weeks from September 12 through October 22. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Each storytime is followed by a half hour of free play, and takes place on

  • Mondays @ 10:00 AM 
  • Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM 
  • Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM 
  • Thursdays @ 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays @ 10:00 AM

NOTE that specific locations are listed below, and the library will be closed on Monday, October 10. There will be no programming that day. 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 12 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 13 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, September 14 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 15 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 15 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, September 17 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, September 19 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 20 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, September 21 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 22 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room

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Ducklings Not Reading

Reluctant readers come in all ages, stages, and sizes. This summer, overcome a lack of enthusiasm with these tips, which can be applied to book haters of all ages. Examples will link to children's materials, but all suggestions can work for grown-ups, too.

  • Forget reading level for just a minute, and start with interests or hobbies. Search for fiction and nonfiction that focus on that topic. If you like soccer, use our subject headings to find relevant biographies, fiction, and nonfiction.
  • Explore picture books. There are many beautiful titles that are worth reading, and as a bonus are short and satisfying.
  • Use writing as a springboard and create a summer journal. Then see why journal-format fiction is so popular.
  • Explore the graphic novel shelf. Dense illustrations make a reader slow down to really enjoy the story.
  • Come to a book discussion program, or start your own. Read the book together. Reading can be more fun when it's shared, and even if you hated the book, you can talk about how much you disliked it.
  • Grab some poetry. Sometimes it's serious, but a lot of times it's silly and entertaining.
  • Listen to an audiobook. All of the story and vocabulary words without the visuals.

No matter what, keep trying. Try new formats, try new recommendations, try non-print stories. It's never too late to find something good.

Ten-year-old Aldo Zelnick chronicles his life and adventures over the course of his summer vacation through journaling and sketches in his diary.

Middle school student, Jamie Kelly, writes all the strange and sometimes not so wonderful things that happens to her or she sees during school in her diary and promises that everything she writes is as true as she wants it to be.

Tales from a not-so-fabulous life by Rachel Renee Russell

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes and sketches in her diary about her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, and about giving up on being part of the elite group, before figuring out a way to simply be herself.

The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scary, just ask Ginny.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Learn more about your favorite people in sports, or find out about someone new. 

Laila Ali : champion boxer by Norman D Graubart

"A biography of boxer Laila Ali"--.

Describes the life and accomplishments of the professional baseball player, from his early career to World Series triumph with the Florida Marlins to winning Major League Baseball's triple crown.

"A historical picture book about Edith Houghton, a female baseball phenomenon who joined the professional women's team the Philadelphia Bobbies at the age of 10"--.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Geek Out: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Need to earn your Geek Out On-the-Scene badge? Try our geeky crossword challenge.

Visit our Connect Your Summer Command Center and pick up a Rebels in the Library handout. Use the clues to find a location in the library where one of the Rebels is hiding. Write the name of the Star Wars character in the crossword. When you're done, don't forget to submit your completed crossword in the drop box. Make sure your email address is legible: all prize winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Chow Down: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Stop by our Connect Your Summer Command Center and grab a food quiz. Test your culinary knowledge by matching key ingredients to their recipe name. Coming up blank? Try looking in our cookbook sections between 641.5 and 641.9 for some hints.

Your finished food quiz can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

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