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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.

Animal Friendships

Two Bobbies: a true story of Hurricane Katrina, friendship, and survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery ; illustrated by Jean Cassels

A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler

Looking for Miza: the true story of the mountain gorilla family who rescued one of their own by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Mysteries for Beginning Readers

Murilla Gorilla: jungle detective by Jennifer Lloyd ; illustrated by Jacqui Lee

Murilla Gorilla and the lost parasol by Jennifer Lloyd ; illustrated by Jacqui Lee

Young Cam Jansen and the goldfish mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Treasure hunt by Maria S. Barbo ; illustrated by Duendes del Sur

Bones and the apple pie mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman

Michigan Nonfiction For Kids

Corner to Copa: the last game at Tiger Stadium, the first at Comerica Park by illustrations by Mike Thompson ; editor: Tom Panzenhagen


Michigan Wolverines by Ken Rappoport


Mackinac Bridge: the five mile poem by written by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen



Under Michigan: the story of Michigan's rocks and fossils by written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker


Birds of Michigan by Ted Black, Gregory Kennedy ; with contributions from John Acorn ... [et al.]

The Crafty Parent (Projects to do with Kids)

Informational Books for Preschoolers

Plymouth Canton Community Schools Early Childhood staff developed this list of recommended information books for Preschoolers looking for something factual and fun. For the original list of 100 books, open the attachment at the bottom of this post. Items currently included in the library catalog are listed below. Click on the titles for availability.

ALL ABOUT ME

Bread comes to life: a garden of wheat and a loaf to eat by George Levenson ; photography by Shmuel Thaler

Eyes, nose, fingers and toes: a first book about you by Judy Hindley ; illustrated by Brita Granström

Families by Ann Morris

The little brainwaves investigate— human body by [written and edited by Caroline Bingham] ; illustrated by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar

Travel Around the World with Magazines

Enjoy these delightful magazines that will transport you beyond your backyard!

Conde Nast Traveler


National Geographic Traveler


Travel & Leisure

Artists in the Real World

Into art? Here are some of our newest true stories of famous artists from around the world. Looking for more? Find other artists in our JBIO section by looking under their last name.

The scraps book: notes from a colorful life by Lois Ehlert

Leaving China: an artist paints his World War II childhood by James McMullan

The noisy paint box: the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Mo Willems by Abby Colich

Francisco Goya by Alix Wood

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

True Stories of Athletes

Find your favorite sports stars by looking for their last names in our JBIO section. Here are some of our newest athlete biographies.

Lewis Tewanima: born to run by Sharon K. Solomon ; illustrated by Lisa Fields

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

Silent star: the story of deaf major leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise ; pictures by Adam Gustavson

You never heard of Willie Mays?! by written by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Terry Widener

Miguel Cabrera by Joanne Mattern

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

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

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!

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

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

Fun and Games for the whole 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