Explore the lives of many artists. The books below are found in our children's collections, but may appeal to wider audiences. Find more artists and art in our collections: just ask any librarian.

Describes how Van Gogh's insomnia, possibly a symptom of mental or phyical illness, allowed him to view the night sky while everyone else was asleep and influenced how he saw the world around him.

A story inspired by the life of the influential French master artist considers how he transformed his dreary childhood community in northern France through his expressions of color and form.

 

If you like reading about the games, contests, and toys in the American Girls series, you might enjoy some of these titles.

 

Fiction

Also available in: e-book

Puzzle-crazy, twelve-year-old Winston and his ten-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text.

 

Find a story to incorporate some magic in your life. Some suggestions to get you started are included below: books intended for older audiences are toward the bottom of the list.

Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson
Also available in: video

A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris

Kate Greenaway Medal nominee Jackie Morris presents in stunning pictures a range of dragons, describing many different varieties of the beast, and why their owners find them so entrancing.

 

If you enjoy reading about all the animals and pets featured in the American Girl series, like Felicity's horse Penny or Melody's dog Bo, you might enjoy some of these titles.

Fiction

Ten-year-old Abby Ramirez, who is on the autism spectrum, has her hands full when an anxious German shepherd, Destiny, shows up at the Second Chance Ranch animal rescue. While Abby helps Destiny learn to trust people again, Abby has to learn to overcome old habits of her own.

 

National Campfire Day is the first Saturday in August, followed shortly by National S'Mores Day on August 10. Either way, curl up with a good book and a marshmallowy treat around a campfire. Suggested titles are below, with those intended for older audiences at the bottom.

Sleepless knight by James Sturm

The Knight and his trusty horse Edward go on a camping trip, but the Knight cannot sleep when he discovers he has left his beloved teddy bear behind.

Nightlights by Paul Paolilli

Celebrates all the ways, after the sun goes down, light finds a way to shine, from lighthouses and fireflies to moonlight in an owl's eyes and a crackling campfire.

 

Did you miss our Green Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a colorful storytime you can do at home. 

 

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The great big green by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

A lyrical ode to the planet poses a riddle that invites children to identify an enormous object that is green everywhere it is not blue and is covered with green plants and creatures.

 

Did you miss our Dancing Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a rhythmic storytime you can do at home. 

 

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Edgar Degas walks through the streets of Paris observing life in the city and creating art based on some of the things he sees. He stops at the opera house to watch the ballerinas.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Grace Thomas, the American Girl character who visits Paris and wants to start her own bakery, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

The 12 dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

Thirteen-year-old Christa's plans for her favorite holiday are derailed when her parents announce their divorce and Christa spends Christmas in Europe with her mom, but even though her dad remains in Chicago, he sends Christa on a scavenger hunt made up of dares that send her all over Florence, Paris, and London.

 

Did you miss our Boats Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a watery storytime you can do at home.

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Yak and Gnu by Juliette MacIver

An adventure in the river with Yak in his kayak and Gnu in his canoe is marked by a safari of unusual nautical sightings, including a goat in a boat, a calf on a raft, and a whole flotilla of whales and gorillas.

 

Did you miss our Mail Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a postal storytime you can do at home. Maybe you can send your own letter after you're done.

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Spots in a box by Helen Ward

Ordering some spots by mail when he worries about his lack thereof, a young guinea fowl is surprised by his delivery, which contains spots of various sizes, colors, and patterns.

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