Can't get enough fast paced magic, sorcery, and adventure? Check out this list:
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
The alchemyst by Michael Scott
Are you looking for an award-winning book so you can complete your Summer Reading log? Don't forget about books that have won the Mitten Award. This award is given yearly to an outstanding children's book that has captured the attention of youth librarians across the state of Michigan.For a listing...
Are ye lookin' fer some picture books wi' seafarin' heartys in them fer yer wee buccaneers? Look nay further! We be havin' lots o' books t' pick from here at CPL. Here be some suggestions:
How I became a pirate by written by Melinda Long ; illustrated by David Shannon — This be the buccanneer...
Hi there Summer Readers! I hope you guys are having a great time reading and having fun. Are you looking for an award-winning book to fulfill one of your activity spaces on your log? Try the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! The ALA website describes the award by saying, "The Geisel Award is given...
Here are some great reads with a real whodunnit sort of vibe.
Shakespeare's secret by Elise Broach
The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley; pictures by Peter Ferguson
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Alvin Ho : allergic to camping, hiking, and other natural disasters by Lenore Look ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Every cloud has a silver lining by Anne Mazer
Amelia's notebook by Marissa Moss
Attack of the mutant underwear by Tom Birdseye
Wondering what gifts to buy for this gift-giving season? Well, why not make your own gifts like some celebrants of Kwanzaa do. You could make ornaments, dolls, treasure boxes or candle out of old jewelry, marbles, yarn, string or other small pieces you already have around. Here are some craft books...
Hey kids, did you spend the day doing holiday shopping with the grown-ups? You probably need some down time after navigating through all those crowds at the stores! Come to the library and grab something (free!) to read and wind down. I'm feeling Christmas-y, so here are some of my favorite easy-to...
Steampunk appears to be gaining steam… but what exactly is it? Well, here is a definition from Wikipedia: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still...
Celebrate Day of the Dead with crafts! Make paper marigolds, a skull mask or an Aztec animal decoration with Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead. Make your own Q-tip skeleton with these instructions. To get you in the holiday spirit, read Clatter Bash!: a Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard...
Bummed that storytime is on break until November 9th? Share these stories at home with your children to tide them over with some great story fun!
Princess Pig by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Tim Bowers — when the Pickle Princess's sash blows away from her parade and lands on Pig,...
It's pumpkin time! And there are some great stories about them beyond the picture book collection. Pick one of these pumpkin plots:
Me and the pumpkin queen by Marlane Kennedy
Ninjas don't bake pumpkin pies by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones; illustrated by John Steven Gurney
As the weather gets colder and we all start staying indoors more, here are some cute picture books about being artistic to inspire you to create!
I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow
The dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Harold and the purple crayon by Johnson,...
Struggling with fractions? Let our materials help you break those numbers down. We've got everything:
Inchworm and a half by Elinor Pinczes ; illustrated by Randall EnosThe Wishing Club : a story about fractions by Donna Jo Napoli ; pictures by Anna Currey
Mary Clare likes to...
Check out some easy-to-read Halloween titles from the library today. Here are a few suggestions below. Happy reading!Orange You Glad It's Halloween, Amber Brown?Happy Halloween, Gus!Sam's First HalloweenHalloween KnightThe Littles and the Scary HalloweenThe Halloween Parade
Looking for more stories about kids working to protect our environment? You might find them in unexpected places. If you are a Fantasy Fiction fan try The Companions Quartet series by Julia Golding. If you like Realistic Fiction, try Night of the Spadefoot Toads by Bill Harley and Operation Redwood...
I'm definitely in a fall mood. With the weather getting cooler, I keep thinking about fall stuff like apple cider, warm soup, and pumpkins. I'm ready to go buy some pumpkins right now, but it's still a little too early for that. In the meantime, I think I'll just read some books about them. Here...
If you enjoyed Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time or The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen, you might be interested in learning that we have many more books about children coming to terms with being multiple races/ethnicities. I enjoyed Half and Half by Lensey Namioka and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox...
So, you liked Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. You like a good fantasy with some adventure to it, some excitement. No slow, bogged down stories where nothing really happens for you. Well, check out these titles for a little magic thrill:
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D....
Everyone loves a good princess tale, whether young or old, and the Children's Department has an awesome selection of titles for you to pick from. For the early readers we have such series as: The Tiara Club and Pony-Crazed Princess. For those who like humorous/fractured adaptations of traditional...
Do you love animals? Do you love magic? Do you love the Rainbow Magic series, but have a hard time finding one on the shelf? If so, try some of these other series books.My Magical Pony
There are more magical creatures than you ever imaged to read...
Did you notice that a lot of new books feature stories about the environment? Even some of our favorite characters are "going green". Check out these titles to see what I mean:
SpongeBob goes green!: an earth-friendly adventure by Molly Reisner; illustrated by Stephen Reed
OK go by Carin Berger
Does your bedroom need a fresh look for the new school year? Have no fear, we have a interior decorating book just for you. For help with making over your bedroom, check out:
I wanna re-do my room by Clea Hantman; illustrated by Azadeh Houshyar
Bedroom makeover crafts by Kathy Ross; illustrated by...
Have you ever considered how strange, scary, and weird school can be?! Well, your school is probably pretty normal compared to the schools in these hilarious stories, but then again, maybe not. Read for yourself and find out. You may need to start preparing for the next school year well in advance...
Be sure to check out our special section of ABC and 123 books in aisle 1 in the children’s department next to the picture books. Here are some fun titles to check out:
Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
Count on Clifford by Norman Bridwell
Carlo likes counting by Jessica Spanyol
Beware! Camping adventures can turn into calamities. If you doubt me, just read what can happen
Camping catastrophe! by Abby Klein ; illustrated by John McKinleyAlvin Ho : allergic to camping, hiking, and other natural disasters by Lenore Look ; illustrated by LeUyen PhamA week in the woods by...
American history can be thrilling to read about — if you pick up the right books. Try one of these recent suspenseful spy stories:
Soldier's secret: the story of Deborah Sampson by Sheila Solomon Klass
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hannah Pritchard: pirate of the Revolution by Bonnie Pryor
Some awesome kids books take place right here in the Michigan we all love. Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff introduces us to Maggie Dillion whose life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her experiences and realizations help us all believe in the power of friends and family to support...
Summer is almost here and with warmer and warmer nights it’s the perfect time to go stargazing! Come into the Children’s room to check out our display of stargazing books including field guides and more:
Glow-in-the-dark constellations: a field guide for young stargazers by C.E....
Are you looking for a good mystery book that's easy to read? You're in luck, the library has lots of them! Here's a list of some of the great mystery books we have available in the Readers section.
The case of the missing monkey by story by Cynthia Rylant; pictures by G. Brian Karas — this title is...
Parents, looking for some fun titles to encourage your little one to start using the potty? Check out some of these humorous picture books, and good luck!
Everyone poops by Taro Gomi; translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum
Have you seen my potty? by Mij Kelly
The princess and the potty by Wendy...
Get crafty with help from these books. These craft projects with They Might Be Giants playing in the background could lead to a very fun rainy day!
Nature's art box: from t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere by written by...
Poetry is celebrated during National Poetry Month each April, but it's good reading all year long. This collection is especially designed for children, including kids who might want to write their own poetry, but aren't sure how to start. We have the answer.
Books of Poems
Now that the sun is shining more and more, why not learn about how you can use the sun's energy to generate electricity and power. Here is a nifty website with more on solar power and below are some books to help you learn more:
Energy from the sun by Allan Fowler
Harnessing power from the sun by...
With so many ponds nearby, I've been noticing a lot of ducks waddling around outside the library. Ducks are such nice birds — sometimes I like to feed them bread! I like reading about ducks, too. What about you? The library has lots of great books in our Readers section all about ducks! Try:
Get your compost ready for spring gardening with these tips and titles:Composting: Nature's Recyclers
The Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad
What's Going on in a Compost Pile?
If you enjoy dancing, you may enjoy some fun picture books about these little dancers:
Tessa's tip-tapping toes by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington
Dancing class by H.M. Ehrlich; pictures by Laura Rader
Harriet dancing by Ruth Symes; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
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The escape from home by AviEgg-drop blues by Jacqueline Turner BanksThe lost years of Merlin by T.A. BarronThe ghost in the mirror by John Bellairs ; completed by Brad Strickland
Also check out the Harry Potter series for great 5th Grade reads.
Where the red fern grows : the story of two dogs and a boy by Wilson RawlsTitanic crossing by Barbara WilliamsThe Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 by a novel by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ramona's world by Beverly Cleary ; illustrated by Alan TiegreenThe birthday room by Kevin HenkesThe Blue Hill Meadows by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Ellen BeierFrindle by Andrew Clements ; pictures by Brian Selznick
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Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy RathmannThe story about Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt WieseAmelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish ; pictures by Fritz SiebelArthur's pet business by Marc Brown
Trouble with trolls by Jan BrettStone soup : an old tale by told and pictured by Marcia BrownStellaluna by Janell CannonA house for Hermit Crab by Eric CarleA visit to grandma's by Nancy Carlson
Good job, Little Bear! by Martin Waddell ; illustrated by Barbara FirthMcDuff moves in by Rosemary Wells ; illustrated by Susan JeffersLilly's purple plastic purse by Kevin HenkesA hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: driven by destiny by Mark StewartJeff Gordon by Anthony B. Cain
Lance Armstrong: a biography by Bill Gutman
* = autobiography
Devers, GailGail Devers, by Bill Gutman
Jenner, BruceBruce Jenner: Decathlon Winner, by Nathan Aaseng
Jones, MarionMarion Jones: Sprinting Sensation, by Mark Stewart
Joyner, Florence GriffithFlorence Griffith Joyner: Dazzling...