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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Books About Animals for Children

Picture Books

The helpful puppy by Kim Zarins ; illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Click, clack, moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Betsy Lewin

Click, clack, moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Betsy Lewin

My farm friends by Wendell Minor

Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

All About Cats

Teen Fiction About Cats and Dogs

Parched by Melanie Crowder

Nothing but Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough

Rotten by Michael Northrop

Wisdom's Kiss: a thrilling and romantic adventure, incorporating magic, villany, and a cat by written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Cat Girl's day off by Kimberly Pauley

Inubaka: crazy for dogs. Vol. 1 by Yukiya Sakuragi

Ashes, ashes by Jo Treggiari

Foodie Mysteries

Dread on arrival by Claudia Bishop

The fatal funnel cake: a fresh-baked mystery by Livia J. Washburn

Home of the braised by Julie Hyzy

Eggs in a casket by Laura Childs

Sugar and iced by Jenn McKinlay

Illegally iced by Jessica Beck

Red velvet cupcake murder by Joanne Fluke

 

All About Dogs

Travelling with Juvenile Non-fiction

Kids have you ever wanted to travel but just don't have the time? We have some wonderful non-fiction titles that will help get you to new places and meeting new people from all over the world all from the comfort of your living room couch. Enjoy!

Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: country facts that helped me win the National Geographic Bee by Andrew Wojtanik


P is for passport: a world alphabet by Devin Scillian


Where on Earth? by [editors, Helen Abramson, Steve Setford, Rona Skene]


National Geographic kids world atlas


The Brontë sisters: the brief lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef


Go! by Daniel Kirk

Take a Trip with Adult Non-fiction

Summer will be here before we know it. Are you taking a trip this summer? Yes or no, be sure to earn your Around the World Badge by taking a jaunt through our wide array of Adult Non-fiction. Happy Trails!

Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz


Franz Kafka by Jeremy Adler


Castles of Britain & Ireland by Lise Hull ; photography by Stephen Whitehorne


Titanic: the tragedy that shook the world one century later


The 100 best affordable vacations by Jane Woolridge & Larry Bleiberg


Imagining Egypt: a living portrait of the time of the pharaohs by written and illustrated by Mark Millmore

International Language Collection for Kids

Hi Kids! There are so many fun things to do this summer
at the Canton Public Library! Havespanish very hungry caterpillar you ever wanted to learn a new language? We have a wonderful International Language section in our Children's Department that has books and DVD's in many different languages including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, and Tamil. Enjoy earning your Around the World badge!

Around the World with Teen Fiction

Looking for a way to earn your Around the World Badge? Here are some great Teen titles to get you on your way!

A bride's story. Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori ; [translation, William Flanagan ; lettering, Abigail Blackman]


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


The evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell


Chains [sound recording] by Lauri Halse Anderson


Rules of the road by Joan Bauer


Son of fortune by Victoria McKernan

Get Pinspired to Be Creative

Claim your Be Creative eLectrified badge by using our Pinterest Boards to get creative for your Connect Your Summer experience. 
Find recommendations and inspiration on any of the pinboards, but try our Be Creative pinboard for great ideas on making, creating, and doing.

Creative Inspiration

True stories of creative people and inspirations for sparking your own creativity.

How I discovered poetry by Marilyn Nelson ; illustrations by Hadley Hooper

Beginning Readers

Mi familia calaca = My skeleton family by Cynthia Weill ; paper mache by Jesus Canseco Zarate

 

Starlight Grey: a story from Russia by retold by Liz Flanagan ; illustrated by Valeria Docampo

 

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

Mysteries and Secrets of Science for Kids

Underworld: exploring the secret world beneath your feet by written by Jane Price ; illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

The secret life of the woolly bear caterpillar by illustrated by Joan Paley ; Laurence Pringle

The secret pool by Kimberly Ridley ; illustrated by Rebekah Raye

The mystery of Darwin's frog by Marty Crump ; illustrations by Steve Jenkins and Edel Rodriguez

Is there life on Mars? by Michael Portman

Fiction

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus


Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick


Parched by Melanie Crowder


I lived on Buttefly Hill by Marjorie Agosín ; translated from Spanish by E.M. O'Connor ; illustrated by Lee White


The winter horses by Philip Kerr


Secrets of the terra-cotta soldier by Ying Chang Compestine, Vinson Compestine


Karma: a novel in verse by Cathy Ostlere

Adult Travel Movies You are Sure to Enjoy!

Ready to take a vacation from the comfort of your couch? We have some great movies that will take you to the ends of the earth and beyond. Enjoy!

Around the world in 80 days [videodisc] by Warner Bros. presents


Around the world in 72 days [videodisc]: the audacious adventures of Nelly Bly by a Nebraskans for Public Television, Inc. production for American Experience ; written, produced and directed by Christine Lesiak ; co- producer/director, Mel Bucklin


A year around the world [videodisc] by a Steven Robert McCurdy travelogue ; produced by: Creative Light Productions


First flight around the world [videodisc]


Ride around the world [videodisc]


Around the world in 80 treasures [videodisc]: a quest for mankind's greatest achievements by presented by Dan Cruickshank

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 

For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

Easy Fiction

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin


Meeting Cézanne by Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by François Place


The Order of the Owls by Elisa Puricelli Guerra ; illustrated by Gabo León Bernstein ; translated by Chris Turner


The great Egyptian grave robbery by created by Jeff Brown ; written by Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan


The mystery of the crystal castle: Bavaria, Germany by Carole Marsh

Fiction Books about Games

The challengers by Greg R. Fishbone ; illustrations by Ethen Beavers


The city of gold and lead by John Christopher


The Egypt game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder ; drawings by Alton Raible


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library by Chris Grabenstein


The game of sunken places by M.T. Anderson


Game on! by adapted by Tracey West


Games by Carol Gorman