Kids Book Lists

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Looking to start a conversation with your children about the importance of hygiene, hand washing, and preventing the spread of germs? Check out these Juvenile Fiction and Nonfiction selections below. Click on the titles for exact location and availability.

Juvenile Fiction

Reaching for the Moon book cover

 

Katherine Johnson was a talented mathematician in a field dominated by white men.

After graduating high school at the age of 15 in the midst of the Great Depression, she earned a full scholarship to West Virginia State Institute's math department. Johnson briefly taught high school and then in 1940 was one of the first Black graduate students chosen to integrate West Virginia University.

In 1953 she began work as a research mathematician for what would become NASA. Katherine Johnson shattered barriers for all women, but particularly for Black women, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

To celebrate the inspirational life of Katherine Johnson, check out the resources below or explore NASA's website. Learn about her and other amazing barrier-breaking mathematicians and scientists.

This is Johnson's autobiography, but there are many books to introduce readers to her life in the Children's Biography collection.

With Valentine's Day coming, there is a giant focus on all things love. For Storytime today, we decided to expand on that idea into the world of Kindness. Luckily, both of these themes are something you can put to very good use everyday, not just on a holiday! Happy Hugging!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is dominating the news of late as health experts try to prevent  this deadly virus from becoming an epidemic. So far, there are confirmed cases in the U.S., Australia, Asia and France. Coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses that severely debilitates the respiratory system. Across the U.S. and in China, scientists are racing to create a vaccine. The NIH and WHO recommends the general public heed travel advisories and to seek medical attention if any signs and symptoms appear. Good advice! Want to learn more? Here's some suggestions...

How close are we to having another worldwide health crisis? Epidemiologists predict that another pandemic is coming--one that could kill hundreds of millions of people. Learn about factors that contribute to the spread of disease by examining past pandemics and epidemics. Examine case studies of potential pandemic diseases, and discover how scientists strive to contain and control the spread of disease both locally and globally. See how human activities such as global air travel and the disruption of animal habitats contribute to the risk of a new pandemic. And investigate the challenges we face with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and mutating viruses. Can scientists control the spread of disease and prevent the next pandemic?

Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. From the Spanish flu to the 1924 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles to the 1930 "parrot fever" pandemic, through the more recent SARS, Ebola, and Zika epidemics, the last one hundred years have been marked by a succession of unanticipated pandemic alarms.In The Pandemic Century, a lively account of scares both infamous and less known, Mark Honigsbaum combines reportage with the history of science and medical sociology to artfully reconstruct epidemiological mysteries and the ecology of infectious diseases. We meet dedicated disease detectives, obstructive or incompetent public health officials, and brilliant scientists often blinded by their own knowledge of bacteria and viruses. We also see how fear of disease often exacerbates racial, religious, and ethnic tensions--even though, as the epidemiologists Malik Peiris and Yi Guan write, "'nature' remains the greatest bioterrorist threat of all."Like man-eating sharks, predatory pathogens are always present in nature, waiting to strike; when one is seemingly vanquished, others appear in its place. These pandemics remind us of the limits of scientific knowledge, as well as the role that human behavior and technologies play in the emergence and spread of microbial diseases.

Close Up of Brown Bear with Black Hat Neatly Trimmed with Plaid Ribbon and Berries

 

Hey Kids,

It's that time of year when I really love watching snow fall in the courtyard outside, hearing all of the friendly patrons going about their business, and then when everyone goes home, curling up with a cozy book of my own. Some of my favorite are in the Easy Reader collection, and include lots of winter fun and friends. Read on for some suggestions of wintery reads.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

When the first snow of winter falls, Catina worries about all her plans for the day being ruined, so her friend Houndsley tries to help Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the quiet time of a snowy day.

With so much going on in December, sometimes we feel harried, rushed, and maybe not like our best selves. In Storytime we talked about what good manners were vs. naughty manners, and how we can make sure we use them all the time.  

Stories and Songs from Storytime

These books continue to grow in popularity and make for great conversation. Check out these books in your favorite format today to share with your loved ones. If your young person lives far from Canton, maybe you can send the gift of a purchased copy to your bestie, grandchild, niece or nephew and have a phone or video chat about the book from where they live or catch up at your next family gathering.  

Fiction

Small Bear on Large Bear's Shoulder

 

Hey Kids,

I have a friend who created a guideline of cute animals, from most cute to least. Bears aren't on it, but I'd like to think we are somewhere between owl and elephant. So for those looking to read about adorable animals, look no further. Here are some suggested titles, beginning with the cutest. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Itty bitty mice by Jay Moose

Looking for picture books for Thanksgiving but everything's checked out? Below is a list of books about family meals and being thankful that are perfect for getting you into the Thanksgiving spirit. 

Stories About Family Dinners

In Storytime we are able to pretend a great many things. This time around, we decided to ignore the blustery, rainy weather and focus on Gardens. There are so many kinds of gardens you can grow and if you make a container garden indoors, you don't even have to wait for Spring. 

Stories and Songs from Storytime

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