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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.

Real Life Performers

Be inspired by the lives of these real life performers.

Skit-scat raggedy cat: Ella Fitzgerald by written by Roxane Orgill ; illustrated by Sean Qualls

Footwork: the story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxane Orgill ; illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

Louis Armstrong: jazz legend by Terry Collins ; illustrated by Richie Pope

The Beatles were fab (and they were funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer ; illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Michigan Fiction For Kids

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis


Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff


The locked garden by Gloria Whelan


No cream puffs by Karen Day


The Danger Box by Blue Balliett


Mr. Chickee's messy mission by Christopher Paul Curtis


The wanigan: a life on the river by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Emily Martindale

Bird Books for the Young at Heart

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

Do you really want a bird? by Bridget Heos ; illustrated by Katya Longhi

Have you heard the nesting bird? by words by Rita Gray ; pictures by Kenard Pak

Mama built a little nest by Jennifer Ward ; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

For the birds: the life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas ; illustrated by Laura Jacques

Owls by Valerie Bodden

Stories about Food for Early Readers

Tales for very picky eaters by Josh Schneider

The really rotten princess and the cupcake catastrophe by Lady Cecily Snodgrass ; illustrated by Mike Lester

Fancy Nancy: apples galore! by Jane O'Connor ; interior illustrations by Ted Enik

Pinch and Dash make soup by Michael J. Daley ; illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski

Snow White and the enormous turnip by written by Hilary Robinson ; illustrated by Simona Sanfilippo

Michigan Picture Books For Kids

Little Michigan by written by Denise Brennan-Nelson ; Illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe


Clever Beatrice by written by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather McWhorter


The day the Great Lakes drained away by written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker


Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci


M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe


Meteor! by Patricia Polacco

Baseball Fiction in a Series


The Fenway foul-up
by David A. Kelly ; illustrated by Mark Meyers

Barnstormers. Game 1 by Loren Long, Phil Bildner

Jinxed! by Kurtis Scaletta ; illustrated by Eric Wight

Honus & me by Dan Gutman

The Fenway foul-up by David A. Kelly ; illustrated by Mark Meyers

The catch by Rick Jasper

The roar of the crowd by Rich Wallace

Investigate, Experiment, and Create

Many of our science experiment books are grouped together in our nonfiction section (J507.8). Here are a few to get you started this summer. Get the whole family in on your experiments!

Citizen scientists: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Things that float and things that don't by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Anna Raff

The big green book of the big blue sea by written by Helaine Becker ; illustrated by Willow Dawson

Star Wars science fair book by Samantha Margles

Travel with Kid's Movies!

Fun and Games for the whole Family

Easy Fiction Soccer Books

Arthur and the best coach ever by text by Stephen Krensky


The ball hogs by Rich Wallace ; illustrated by Jimmy Holder


Captain Awesome, soccer star by Stan Kirby ; illustrated by George O'Connor


Ellie McDoodle: most valuable player by written and illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw


Emma dilemma and the soccer nanny by Patricia Hermes


Goalkeeper in charge by Matt Christopher ; text by Robert Hirschfeld

Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginnersby edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

The joy of beading: more than 50 easy projects for jewelry, flowers, decor, accessories by Anna Borrelli ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

More Fun and Games for the Family

Playtime: Games and Sports Stories for Beginning Readers

Bruno & Lulu's playground adventures by Patricia Lakin ; illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds

Boris for the win by Andrew Joyner

Go, Jade, go! by written by Tony and Lauren Dungy with Nathan Whitaker ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Olivia plays soccer by adapted by Tina Gallo ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

Monster games by Melissa Lagonegro ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists

Goofy at bat by Susan Amerikaner ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists and Loter, Inc

Crafty Characters

Derek, the knitting dinosaur by Mary Blackwood ; illustrations by Kerry Argent

Extra yarn by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Lester's dreadful sweaters by written and illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Penguin in love by Salina Yoon

Pockets by Jennifer Armstrong ; illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Artist Ted by Andrea Beaty ; and [illustrations,] Pascal Lemaitre

Picture Books

Mirette on the high wire by Emily Arnold McCully


From there to here by Laurel Croza ; pictures by Matt James


Ming's adventure with the Terracotta Army by Li Jian ; translated by Yijian Wert


Linnea in Monet's garden by text, Christina Bjork ; drawings, Lena Anderson


Green is a chile pepper: a book of colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong ; illustrated by John Parra


Meet me at the moon by Gianna Marino

Wellness Fiction for Beginning Readers

Big Bad Wolf by Dosh Archer

Itsy bitsy spider by Dosh Archer

Sick day by David McPhail

Monkey and Elephant get better by Carole Lexa Schaefer ; illustrated by Galia Bernstein

Katie Woo has the flu by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Clifford goes to the doctor by Norman Bridwell

Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish ; pictures by Lynn Sweat

Ridiculously Cute Knit and Crochet

Amigurume: make cute crochet people by Allison Hoffman

Feltlicious: needle-felted treats to make & give by text by Kari Chapin ; projects designed and created by Kerri Wessel

Woolbuddies: 20 irresistibly simple needle felting projects by Jackie Huang ; photographs by Antonis Achilleos

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