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Picture Books

A collection of poems that explore the life of Louis Fuertes and his sense of wonder when he painted living, flying birds in their natural habitats.

Beatrix Potter by Margaret Speaker-Yuan

Traces the life of Harriet Powers, who was born a slave in Georgia but spent the years after the Civil War providing for her family by creating elaborate pictorial quilts, earning her recognition as an African-American folk artist.

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"This fresh and very funny non-fiction picture book shares lots of fascinating facts about spiders in an entirely captivating way. If I'm Trying to Love Spiders doesn't cure your spider phobia, it'll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are...and laugh a lot as you learn about them."--.

"People, children especially, have been baffled, bewildered, and even outraged by the fact that Pluto is no longer called a planet. Through whimsical artwork and an entertaining dialog format, this book explains why this is so. Providing a history of the small, icy world from its discovery and naming to its recent reclassification, this book presents a fascinating look at how scientists organize and class our solar system as they gain new insights into how it works and what types of things exist within it. The book includes a glossary and bibliography"--.

Simple text and color illustrations introduce young readers to proper etiquette, depicting various settings in which children often find themselves, and highlighting appropriate behaviors in these settings.

The truth about poop by Susan E. Goodman

A compendium of fascinating, weird, and gross facts about excrement.

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On a nature hike with her class, young Amelia Bedelia's literal-mindedness causes confusion along with some laughs.

Baaad sheep by Dosh Archer

When three sick sheep arrive at City Hospital with upset tummies, Dr. Glenda needs to find out what's wrong and make them feel better.

A collection of five stories about a family of silly people, based on noodle folklore from America, India, Japan, Korea, and the Arabian Nights.

Tales for very picky eaters by Josh Schneider

A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.

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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.

The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video game systems, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides backup.

When Phoebe meets a unicorn named Marigold who grants her one wish, Phoebe wishes Marigold would become her best friend, and the two set off on adventures big and small.

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"In 1925 a sailboat named Bernida wins the inaugural Port Huron to Mackinac Race. She wins again in 1927. But then for decades the boat is neglected and passed from owner to owner. In 2012 with new owners, the ship once more enters the race and wins"--.

The day the Great Lakes drained away by Charles Ferguson Barker

Explore what would happen if all of the water drained from the Great Lakes and what their lake floors might look like under all that water.

An orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

Frankie and his eight brothers and sisters learn lessons about giving, family, and tradition during a snowy Michigan Christmas long ago.

The story of Michigan's Mill Creek by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos
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Hidden by Helen Frost

Years after Darra Monson's father stole a minivan with Wren Abbott hiding in the back, the girls come face to face at summer camp and together they try to work through what happened to them and the impact it had on their lives.

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

During World War II, after moving with her parents to Willow Run, Michigan, when her father gets a job in the B-24 bomber-building factory, eleven-year-old Meggie learns about different kinds of bravery from all of the people around her.

Having earned a scholarship to a private girls' high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.

Truth and salsa by Linda Lowery

Having moved temporarily from Michigan to live with her grandmother in Mexico, twelve-year-old Hayley tries to sort out her feelings about her parents' separation while also helping some townsmen who have run into trouble while working in the United States.

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These are just a few of the nonfiction books we have that contain information about Michigan. Use this list as a springboard to find out more about our pleasant peninsulas.

Michigan Sports

Michigan Wolverines by Ken Rappoport

Presents a brief history of the University of Michigan football team, profiling noteable players, coaches, and games.

Gives an overview of the historic 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and the confrontation between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, looking at the earlier history of the tournament, and the game's legacy.

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Delicate by C. K. Kelly Martin

At her grandmother's seventy-fifth birthday party, Ivy is in no mood to socialize. Unfortunately, sixteen-year-old Lucan's peanut-allergy reaction happens right in front of her eyes. As Ivy keeps him company, the two realize they're second cousins who haven't seen each other in six years due to a mysterious family feud. As the weeks pass, Lucan's and Ivy's summer seems more like a minefield of disastrous events, but at least they have their developing friendship with each other to count on. Or is that what's really going on?.

Peanut by Ayun Halliday

Nervous about starting her sophomore year at a new high school, Sadie decides to make herself more interesting by claiming to be allergic to peanuts, but her lie quickly spirals out of control.

Delicate monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Expelled from boarding school for nearly killing a classmate, seventeen-year-old troublemaker Sadie Su interferes in the life of an old childhood friend with dark secrets and his younger brother whose visions predict a violent event at school.

Trial by fire by Josephine Angelini

Lily Proctor is transported from her hometown of Salem to an alternate universe filled with horrifying creatures and powerful ruling women, including Lily's other self, where she faces new responsibilities and a love she never expected.

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Celebrate the great outdoors with a visit to the Friends' Wings of Wonder butterfly garden behind the library. Grab a scavenger hunt sheet from the Connect Your Summer command center and look for the plants and landmarks pictured. If you want to try your hand at identifying the plants or animals you see, resources for identifying Michigan species are listed below.

Claim your Great Outdoors On-the-Scene badge online and don't forget to submit your completed scavenger hunt sheet in the drop box. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

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A handbook which features a black-and-white sketch of 40-50 animal tracks on a right-hand page, with information about the animal on the facing page.

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Human body theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

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