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The Perseid meteor shower will peak between August 11th and 13th. Before you look up, check out one of these books to learn more about the stars!

Examines the evolution of stars and galaxies, covering how the science of cosmology has changed over time to better understand the process.

Discover the stars by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson

 

National Campfire Day is the first Saturday in August, followed shortly by National S'Mores Day on August 10. Either way, curl up with a good book and a marshmallowy treat around a campfire. Suggested titles are below, with those intended for older audiences at the bottom.

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.

Nightlights by Paul Paolilli

Celebrates all the ways, after the sun goes down, light finds a way to shine, from lighthouses and fireflies to moonlight in an owl's eyes and a crackling campfire.

 

Have you ever been drawn to a wordless picture book, but been unsure how to read it or share it with your child? Check out these helpful tips, and remember that wordless picture books can be a great tool to enhance your child's literacy, whether or not he or she knows how to read. They can also be exceptionally beautiful and enjoyed by any age.

These picture books don't need words to tell their story:

Hug by Jez Alborough

Bobo the chimp seeks hugs among various jungle animals and their young, but he does not get what he wants until he is reunited with his own parent.

Red sled by Lita Judge

At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child's red sled.

 

Find a story to incorporate some magic in your life. Some suggestions to get you started are included below: books intended for older audiences are toward the bottom of the list.

Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson
Also available in: video

A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris

Kate Greenaway Medal nominee Jackie Morris presents in stunning pictures a range of dragons, describing many different varieties of the beast, and why their owners find them so entrancing.

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.

 

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..

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