The great cake mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrations by Iain McIntosh is a delightful read and a quick way to claim the Sleuth It badge in the CYS program. It is written by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (an adult series...
The case of the mystery meat loaf by David Lewman
Sleepy time crime by Sarah Hines Stephens ; illustrated by Art Baltazar
Hold the pickles by Vicki Grant
The great turkey heist by created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; illustrated by Robert Papp
If you liked the Mysterious Benedict Society, then try one of these books:The mysterious case of the Allbright Academy by Diane StanleyChasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett HelquistThe name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch ; illustrations by Gilbert Ford
Here's some great realistic fiction for tweens:
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary; illustrated by Tracy Dockray
Every soul a star: a novel by Wendy Mass
The secret language of girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Enjoy some wonderful picture books that celebrate America and our independence!Apple pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong ; pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas ; illustrated by Raul Colon
Cranberry summer by Wende and Harry Devlin
Have you earned your Go Wild Badge yet? If not, here is a great way to do it — check out some of our wild animal poetry! We have a wide variety of poems about animals and after you read them, be sure to try and come up with your own. Have a wild time!
Bridge of time by Lewis Buzbee is a perfect book for older readers who are interested in earning the Time Travel badge. A wrinkle in time propels best friends Lee Jones and Jones Lee back to the summer Mark Twain spent in San Francisco. The class trip they were on was a total loser, so they snuck...
Want to get into the Olympic Spirit? Check out one of the many films that celebrate the dedication and passion of the athletes and the thrills of the Games. The first Olympics [videodisc]: Athens 1896 by a Larry White/Gary Allison production in association with Sony Pictures Television Inc....
If you are just starting to read or love listening to stories, we have some mysteries just for you!Detective LaRue: letters from the investigation by Mark Teague
The case of the missing monkey by story by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by G. Brian Karas
Nate the Great and the mushy valentine by...
Have you exhausted Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and the Boxcar Children? Here are some sleuths you'll find in several books. Maybe you'll discover a new favoriteSly the Sleuth and the pet mysteries by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow ; illustrated by Heather Maione
Sebastian (Super Sleuth) and the...
Looking for a mystery that will really challenge you? Here are some popular reads that could really happen, solved by kids just like you. The London Eye mystery by Siobhan DowdThe Westing game by Ellen RaskinBelly up: murder at FunJungle by Stuart Gibbs
If you love fantasy set in another time and universe, try these titles for a change of place.
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin HobbCast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara West Daughter of the Forest by Juliet MarillierThe Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
A night to remember by Walter Lord
Shadow of the Titanic: the extraordinary stories of those who survived by Andrew Wilson
The other side of the night: the Carpathia, the California and the night the Titanic was lost by Daniel Allen Butler
Titanic's last secrets: the further adventures of shadow...
Looking for something quick that'll make you smile? Check these out:Worst enemies/best friends by Annie Bryant
Sideways stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar ; illustrated by Dennis Hockerman
The case of the missing marquess by Nancy Springer
Active kids by Kathryn Smithyman & Bobbie Kalman ; photographs by Marc Crabtree
Be healthy! it's a girl thing: food fitness and feeling great by Mavis Jukes, Lilian Cheung
Exercising for good health by Shirley W.
Are you looking to Go Wild reading this summer? If so, be sure to browse our New Book Shelf for the most recent title in the Warriors Graphic Novel Series. These books will take you on an adventure of epic-sized hairball proportions! The cats are waiting, check them out new before they run away.
From evil masterminds to enthusiastic minions, wicked plots and the ordinary people who fight against them, conquer one of these reads this summer.
Cold cereal by Adam Rex
Despicable me [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents a Chris Meledandri production
Whales on stilts by M.T. Anderson;...
Get Hands On this summer with different styles of jewelry making. These books will help you get started making fun and pretty necklaces, bracelets, and more.
Jewelry making for fun! by Robin Koontz
Jazzy jewelry by Dawn Brend ... [et al.]
Junk drawer jewelry by written by Rachel Di Salle and Ellen...
Geek n.An unfashionable or socially inept person.
A person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest: "A computer geek".
We have lots of books in our Children's Library starring geeks. And quite often, they are the heros. Check one out today.
Notes from an accidental band geek by Erin...
The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to get you started.
The real spy's guide to becoming a spy by Peter Earnest and Suzanne Harper, in association with the Spy Museum
The big book of spy stuff by Bart King; illustrations by Russell...
Origami for everyone: beginner, intermediate, advanced by Didier Boursin
Origami zoo: 25 fun paper animal creations by Paul Jackson and Miri Golan; illustrations by Paul Jackson; photographs by Avi Valdman
The new encyclopedia of origami and papercraft techniques by Ayako Brodek; edited by Claire...
Being Erica. Season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] — Erica Strange is sent back in time by her therapist, Dr. Tom, to deal with the regrets of her life.
Doctor Who. The complete first series, Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc] by 2 Entertain ; BBC — The Doctor and his companion Rose travel around the universe...
Sugarlicious: 50 cute and clever treats for every occasion by Meaghan Mountford
The complete photo guide to cake decorating by [Autumn Carpenter]
Special cupcakes by Wendy Sweetser
What's new, cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson ; text and photographs by Alan Richardson ; recipes and
The end of illness [sound recording] by David B. Agus
The G-free diet [sound recording]: a gluten-free survival guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Good calories, bad calories [sound recording]: [fats, carbs, and the controversial science of diet and health] by Gary Taubes
The budding chef by edited by Kate Kuhn ; [illustrated by Jane Dippold]
Cooking with kids by from the experts at FamilyFun magazine
Emeril's there's a chef in my family!: recipes to get everybody cooking by Emeril Lagasse ; illustrated by Charles Yuen ; photographs by Quentin Bacon
Batter Up! We've got a whole roster full of great reads for kids about America's Favorite Pastime. Check one out today before they're loooong gone.
The boys by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Jeff Newman
Baseball hour by Carol Nevius; illustrated by Bill Thomson
Watch me throw the ball! by Mo Willems
I know someone with cancer by Sue Barraclough
I know someone with dyslexia by Sue Barraclough
I know someone with diabetes by Vic Parker
I know someone who is obese by Sue Barraclough
Apples, cherries, red raspberries: what is in the fruits group? by Brian P. Cleary; illustrations by Martin Goneau; consultant, Jennifer K. Nelson
Green beans, potatoes, and even tomatoes: what is in the vegetable group? by Brian P. Cleary; illustrations by Martin Goneau; consultant, Jennifer K....
Did you know that many of the great family movies out there were kids books first? You can earn your "curtains up" badge by reading some of these great titles:
Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke; translated from the German by Anthea Bell
Cheaper by the dozen by Frank B...
The traveling restaurant: Jasper's voyage in three parts: a novel for children by Barbara Else ; [illustrations, Sam Broad] is a savory story featuring twelve-year-old Jasper who must mature very quickly in order to meet the challenges of life suddenly thrust upon him. He is abandoned by his family...
The knight at dawn by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal MurdoccaKnights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane SmithA wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'EngleHonus & me by Dan GutmanCity of masks by Mary HoffmanThe Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost ; translated by William...
Tanglewreck by Jeanette WintersonJustin Thyme by Panama OxridgeThe new policeman by Kate ThompsonRuby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell
Good summer listens engage you with love, romance, suspense or intrigue. A good fiction getaway is right here waiting for you to explore.
Carry the one [sound recording] by Carol Anshaw
The Gilly salt sisters [sound recording]: a novel by Tiffany Baker
Summerland (CD) [sound recording] by Elin Hilderbrand
Secrets of the lost summer [sound recording] by Carla Neggers
The extraordinary education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart; illustrated by Diana Sudyka — is a must-read for anyone who has read books from Stewart's series, The Mysterious Benedict Society. Nine-year-old Nicholas has been shifted from orphanage to orphanage because no one quite knows...
Memorial Day kicked off summer celebrations all over Michigan. As the days get warmer, enjoy some of these picture books filled with great ways to spend those summer days.
Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee
Now it is summer by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma...
Picture books about the moon are a perfect choice for bedtime reading. If you're a fan of the classic story Goodnight Moon, give these other great books a try.
And if the moon could talk by Kate Banks; pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle
Kitten's first full...
The case of the deadly desperados by Caroline Lawrence — The setting of this new historical fiction mystery is the Wild West, where desperados, gamblers and gunmen abound. In this western, P.K. Pinkerton is on the run from a ruthless gang, determined to hold on to his families last priceless...
Freeing our families from perfectionism by Thomas S. Greenspon ; edited by Pat Samples — Do you expect too much of yourself or your kids? Do you have a hard time relaxing? These tendencies can be a few of the problems that result from perfectionism, which is a problem for many families. This book...
From board books, to pictures books, to chapter books, it's is so hard to choose?
Time Out New York Kids has named They Might be Giants as the #1 Band for Kids. The list of the Top 25 Bands for kids includes The Laurie Berkner Band, Gustafer Yellowgold, Recess Monkey and more. You'll find many groups from the list in the Children's music section of the library. Check out your...
Ghost knight by Cornelia Funke ; translated by Oliver Latsch ; [illustrated by Andrea Offermann] will keep you in rapt suspense with terrifying ghosts, an ancient mystery, and present day conflicts. Eleven-year-old Jon is shipped off to Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school, in part because he...
Animated movies, done by hand or computer, are beautiful to watch. Not only does the story draw you in, but the blasts of color that illustrate the action going on. We have some wonderful books on art in our favorite movies. Here are a few you won't want to miss:The Art of Brave by Jenny Lerew...
Do you enjoy historical fiction? Do you also enjoy reading a good picture book? The library has a variety of excellent picture books that take place in the past. Let the suggestions below transport you to another time and place with their moving storylines and wonderful illustrations.
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine is the recipient of this year's William L. Crawford Fantasy Award. This annual award honors talented, up-and-coming authors who published their first novel in the year previous to the award. Previous winners of this award are Charles...
Do you love looking at the illustrations in a picture book? Did you know there is an award that is given out yearly for just that? It's true! The Caldecott Winners are chosen based on their beautiful and artistic illustrations. We have an extensive collection of them in our Children's Department....
If you're looking for a picture book about Michigan, or one that takes place in Michigan, we have you covered. Here's a list of fun picture books from the "mitten state."
M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford; illustrated by Michael Monroe
Gitchi Gumee by written by Anne...
The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is not for readers who like predictable stories with stereotypical characters. Action, a plot laced with surprising twists and turns, and magnificent, engaging characters await the reader who picks up this book that they will then not be able to put down....
Celebrate the season by picking up an easy-to-read book about springtime. You can find the books listed below in the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy spring!Springtime in Bugland! by David A. Carter
Happy go Ducky by cover illustration by Jackie Urbanovic ; story by Lori Haskins...
Good helpers, everyone needs one sometime. Here are some picture books to read with the kids, to show them how to be great helpers at home, in school, or in your community.
Arthur helps out by Marc Brown
The Berenstain Bears lend a helping hand by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Boswell wide awake by...