Investigate, Experiment, and Create

Many of our science experiment books are grouped together in our nonfiction section (J507.8). Here are a few to get you started this summer. Get the whole family in on your experiments!

Citizen scientists: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Things that float and things that don't by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Anna Raff

The big green book of the big blue sea by written by Helaine Becker ; illustrated by Willow Dawson

Creative Inspiration

True stories of creative people and inspirations for sparking your own creativity.

How I discovered poetry by Marilyn Nelson ; illustrations by Hadley Hooper

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.


The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles

Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

Creative Types on the Silver Screen

Musicians

Searching for Sugar Man [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Classics release of a Red Box Films/Passion Pictures production in association with Canfield Pictures and the Documentary Co. ; produced by Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul ; written and directed by Malik Bendjelloul

Yummy Animated Picture Books

Animated picture books are available for Canton patrons on Hoopla. For more instructions on how to access our Hoopla streaming service, check our eMedia page.

And you could finish off your food-themed story downloads with a round of food-themed music (also available on Hoopla).

Wellness Fiction for Beginning Readers

Big Bad Wolf by Dosh Archer

Itsy bitsy spider by Dosh Archer

Sick day by David McPhail

Monkey and Elephant get better by Carole Lexa Schaefer ; illustrated by Galia Bernstein

Katie Woo has the flu by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Clifford goes to the doctor by Norman Bridwell

Playtime: Games and Sports Stories for Beginning Readers

Bruno & Lulu's playground adventures by Patricia Lakin ; illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds

Boris for the win by Andrew Joyner

Go, Jade, go! by written by Tony and Lauren Dungy with Nathan Whitaker ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Olivia plays soccer by adapted by Tina Gallo ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

Monster games by Melissa Lagonegro ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 
For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

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