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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.

Show Me the Cookbook: TV Programs and Chefs

Animals As the Main Characters

Poppy by Avi ; illustrated by Brian Floca

The mouse and the motorcycle. Illustrated by Louis Darling by Cleary, Beverly

Warrior Series by Erin Hunter

Redwall by Brian Jacques ; illustrated by Gary Chalk

Watership down: a novel by Richard Adams

The tale of Despereaux: being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris van Dusen

Books About Animal-Human Relationships

Fiction for Cat Lovers

The guest cat by Takahashi Hiraide ; translated by Eric Selland

Family affair by Debbie Macomber

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway

Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow

The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael

The nine lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

What the cat saw by Carolyn Hart

Healthy Pets

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

All About Dogs

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

 

Dog Memoirs

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

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.

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