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.

 

If you enjoy the American Girl mysteries or mini-mysteries, you might enjoy some of these titles.

Fiction

The dark lady by Irene Adler

While on summer vacation at the seaside, twelve-year-old Irene Adler meets the young Sherlock Holmes, and his friend Arsène Lupin-- and when a dead body floats ashore the three young friends set out to solve the mystery.

 

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.

Thorndyke in Uncle Sam Hat

 

Hey Kids,

Did you know that the United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th? It's such a fun holiday. Usually there are fireworks and picnics and parades, and all of these are great ways to come together as a country. To get yourself in the mood for truly unifying festivities, I have a few book suggestions for you. Don't forget to share your favorite patriotic reads below in the comments.

Bear Hugs and Happy 4th!

Thorndyke

A celebration of "America the Beautiful" combines presidential quotes with artwork by ten artists.

Thorndyke at Novi Public Library with Car

 

Hey Kids,

June is Audiobook Month. To celebrate, check out an audiobook (or more than one!) for your next family road trip. Our Books on CD Collections for AdultTeen and Children have thousands of titles to choose from, or you can browse our digital collections.

I've included a few suggestions below to get you started. Titles aimed at younger audiences are listed first, but all of these are excellent possibilities for the whole family. Give one a try next time you hop in the car, and let me know if the comments if you have a favorite book to listen to.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Clementine [sound recording] by Sara Pennypacker

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building. There are many more adventures of Clementine to listen to at J BOOK ON CD PENNYPACKER.

 

June 23rd may be the unofficially recognized National Pink Day, but there's no reason to put limits on the color. It can be enjoyed anytime, by anyone. Try out one of our pink material suggestions below, roughly organized by audience appeal beginning with the youngest age.

Displays pictures of animals and describes what part of them is pink.

Pink by Nan Gregory

A touching story about longing for something beyond reach and finding something better close to home..

Summer is here and we hope these are the best 62 days of your year! To help engage you in some good reading, the following is a list of chapter books about summer vacations and adventures with new and favorite book characters.

Discovering a smelly creature in her garbage can that she names after herself, Olga befriends and studies the eccentric Olgamus using the scientific method, the practices of Jane Goodall, and other scientific concepts.

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.

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