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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.

Detective Manga

Death note. Vol. 1, Boredom by story by Tsugumi Ohba ; art by Takeshi Obata ; [translation & adaptation, Pookie Rolf ; touch-up art & lettering, Gia Cam Luc]

Case closed. Vol. 1 by Gosho Aoyama

Arisa. Vol. 1 by Natsumi Ando ; translated and adapted by Andria Cheng ; lettered by North Market Street Graphics

Lizzie Newton: Victorian mysteries, Vol. 1 by story, Hey-jin Jeon ; art, Ki-ha Lee ; [translation, Lauren Na ; adaptation, Janet Houck ; lettering & design, Nicky Lim]

Easy Reader Friendships we Love

Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas ; illustrated by Lisa McCue

Brownie & Pearl see the sights by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by Brian Biggs

Frog and friends by written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Josée Masse

Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

Fiction for Cat Lovers

Whittington by Alan Armstrong ; illustrated by S.D. Schindler

A summer spell by Sue Bentley ; illustrated by Angela Swan

My unwilling witch goes to ballet school by Hiawyn Oram, Sarah Warburton

Wild things by written & illustrated by Clay Carmichael

Cool Off with these Chilly Audiobook Mysteries

Books on Michigan Birds for Adults

Northern flights: tracking the birds and birders of Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Sheryl De Vore ; illustrations by Denis Kania ; with a foreword by Eldon Greij

The birds of Washtenaw County, Michigan by Michael A. Kielb, John M. Swales, Richard A. Wolinski

Midwestern birds: backyard guide: watching - feeding - landscaping - nurturing by Bill Thompson III

Birds of Michigan: field guide and audio CD set by Stan Tekiela

Field guide to birds Michigan by [edited by] Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer

Great Kids Non-fiction Animal Books on Tumblebooks

During the summer, it is a great time to keep learning about all the amazing animals in the world around us and earn your Animal Lover eLectrified Badge! The online resource, Tumblebooks, provides great options that are both colorful and informative. You can find each of these titles on their site by using the search box at the top of the page. Enjoy!
  • Dolphins by James DeMedeiros
  • Big Blue by Shelley Gill
  • Have you Ever Seen an Octopus with a  Broom? by Etta Kaner
  • Seahorses by Judy Wearing
  • Animals:  black and White by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

After A Fault in Our Stars: What Next?

Not all are about romance, but find stories about friendships and illness and life.

After ever after by Jordan Sonnenblick

Side effects by Amy Goldman Koss

Small steps: the year I got polio by Peg Kehret

The honest truth by Dan Gemeinhart

My sister's keeper: a novel by Jodi Picoult

Going bovine by Libba Bray

Two girls staring at the ceiling by Lucy Frank

Food on Film for the Whole Family

Sink your tastebuds into a good movie this summer.

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

How to eat fried worms [videodisc] by Gran Via ; Imagine Entertainment ; New Line Cinema ; Walden Media ; produced by Mark Johnson, Philip Steuer ; screenplay by Bob Dolman ; directed by Bob Dolman

Bee movie [videodisc] by produced by Jerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg ; written by Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin ; directed by Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith ; music, Rupert Gregson-Williams

Musicians from Michigan on CD

Reality Gaming in Fiction

Reality TV, gaming and contests, and survival. Find them all here.

Heir apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

Beauty queens by Libba Bray

The boyfriend app by Katie Sise

Endgame: the calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson- Shelton

Inherit midnight by Kate Kae Myers

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The culling by Steven Dos Santos

Classic Actor Biographies

Books Made Into Movies

The Da Vinci code: a novel by Dan Brown

The Devil wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Seabiscuit: an American legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

The notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The pursuit of happyness by Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe

The help by Kathryn Stockett

Animal Manga

InuYasha. Volume 1 by story & art by Rumiko Takahashi ; [English adaptation, Gerard Jones]

Fruits basket. Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya ; [translators, Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley ; English Adaptation, Kelly Sue DeConnick & Jake Forbes ; retouch and lettering, James Lee]

Anima. Vol. 1 by Natsumi Mukai

Tokyo Mew Mew omnibus. Vol. 1 by written by Reiko Yoshida ; illustrated by Mia Ikumi ; translated by Elina Ishikawa ; lettered by AndWorld Design

Fairy Tail. Vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima ; translated and adapted by William Flanagan ; lettered by North Market Street Graphics

People Around the World: Biographies

These biographies offer only a glimpse into the countries they are from, but might open a window into a new place for you. Please enjoy your travels! If you need to see where all these lands are located, check the globe behind the Children's Reference Desk, or ask a librarian for help.


Hamid Karzai by Viqi Wagner


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


Shackleton's journey by William Grill


Beginning Chapter Book Series to Love

These captivating series feature beloved and unforgettable characters, and are perfect for readers who are transitioning from easy readers to chapter books.

Cam Jansen: the mystery of the U.F.O. by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker ; with illustrations by Marla Frazee

Mercy Watson to the rescue by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris van Dusen

Junie B. Jones and the stupid smelly bus by Barbara Park ; illustrated by Denise Brunkus

Bad Kitty gets a bath by Nick Bruel

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon ; illustrated by Tony Ross

Cool Off with these Chilly eAudiobook Mysteries

Books on Michigan Birds for Kids

Tumblebooks Awesome Animal Early Reader and Chapter Books

During the summer, keeping up on your reading should be fun and relaxing! Check out these great Early Chapter Books and Readers available on Tumblebooks. Reading any of these will help you earn your Animal Lover eLectrified Badge. In order to find the books, simply follow the link and type the title into the search box on the Tumblebooks homepage.  Enjoy!
  • Any Pet Will Do by Nancy Shouse
  • Goldfish Don't Take Bubble Baths by Trina Wiebe
  • Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #3 Pony Problems by Carolyn Keene
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Sea Dog by Dayle Campbell Gaetz

Go Buggy this Summer

Beetle busters: a rogue insect and the people who track it by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz ; tree and forest illustrations by Rachel Newborn

Face bug by poems by J. Patrick Lewis ; photographs by Frederic B. Siskind ; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

Bug detective: amazing facts, myths, and quirks of nature by Maggie Li

The spider by Elise Gravel

Fly guy presents: insects by Tedd Arnold

Bugged: how insects changed history by Sarah Albee ; illustrated by Robert Leighton

The Show Must Go On: Movies and TV About Performances

Glee. Season 1. Volume 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc]: road to sectionals by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation ; Ryan Murphy Productions ; 20th Century Fox Television

Pitch perfect [videodisc] by produced by Paul Brooks, Max Handelman, Elizabeth Banks ; screenplay written by Kay Cannon ; directed by Jason Moore

Whiplash [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Classics release ; Bold Films presents ; a Blumhouse/Right of Way production ; produced by Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, Michel Litvak, David Lancaster ; written and directed by Damien Chazelle

Silver linings playbook [videodisc] by Weinstein Company ; director, David O. Russell ; producer, Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon ; screenplay, David O. Russell

Kiss me Kate [videodisc] by Metro Goldwyn Mayer