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Science Mysteries for Kids

Curtains Up Biographies for Kids

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

Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

The extraordinary music of Mr.

Animal Friendships for Kids

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

Owen & Mzee: the language of friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu ; with photographs by Peter Greste

Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley

Friends by written by Catherine Thimmesh

The monkey and the dove: and four other true stories of animal friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Geeked about books and reading? For the most interested, a nonfiction selection of stories about authors or the inspiration for their work.

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


The trouble begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West by Sid Fleischman


Marooned: the strange but true adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe by Robert Kraske ; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker





C.S. Lewis: the man behind Narnia by Beatrice Gormley






Knucklehead: tall tales and mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka







Sports Biographies for Kids

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

Mighty Jackie: the strike out queen by Marissa Moss ; illustrated by C.F. Payne

Lipman Pike: America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; and illustrated by Zachary Pullen


Black Jack: the ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith Jr. ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans


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


Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team by written by Audrey Vernick ; illustrated by Steven Salerno

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Everyone Loves a Hero: True Stories of Real Heroes

Teen Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHey Teens! It's Connect Your Summer 2013 and here are some awesome suggestions to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge. Enjoy!

Grow your own pizza!: gardening plans and recipes for kids by Constance Hardesty ; illustrations by Jeff McClung

Plants vs. zombies [electronic resource (video game)]

The green teen: the eco-friendly teen's guide to saving the planet by Jenn Savedge

Generation green: the ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life by written by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen

47 things you can do for the environment by Lexi Petronis with environmental consultant Jill Buck

Kids Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHi Kids! Are you looking for some fun summer reads to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge during Connect Your Summer 2013? Here is a list of some great books for you to enjoy:

Potatoes on rooftops: farming in the city by Hadley Dyer

Vegetables!: life on a produce farm by Ruth Owen

Life on a cattle farm by Judy Wolfman ; photographs by David Lorenz Winston

Food and farming by Jen Green

Our farm: four seasons with five kids on one family's farm by written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen

Curtains Up Children's Non-Fiction Books

Kids make music!: clapping & tapping from Bach to rock by Avery Hart and Paul Mantell ; illustrated by Loretta Trezzo Braren

M is for melody: a music alphabet by written by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Katherine Larson

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

The twelve dancing princesses by a fairy tale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell ; illustrated by Dorothée Duntze

Cool painting: the art of creativity for kids by Anders Hanson

Painting by Jane Bower

Curtains Up Adult Non-Fiction Books

Digital close-up photography Q & A: great tips and hints from a top pro by Paul Harcourt Davies

Digital capture after dark by Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler, Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Digital photography for dummies by Julie Adair King

Painting below zero: notes on a life in art by James Rosenquist with David Dalton

Great paintings: [the world's masterpieces explored and explained] by [contributors, Karen Hosack Janes, Ian Chilvers, Ian Zaczek]

Watercolor secrets: over 200 tips and techniques for painting the easy way by Robin Berry

Geeky Non-Fiction for Kids

The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to help you geek out.

The dangerous book for boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

Star Wars head to head by Pablo Hidalgo

Lego Star wars: character encyclopedia by written by Hannah Dolan with Elizabeth Dowsett, Shari Last, and Victoria Taylor

The Lego ideas book: unlock your imagination by author, Daniel Lipkowitz

Crazy concoctions: a mad scientist's guide to messy mixtures by Jordan D. Brown; illustrated by Anthony Owsley

Discovery Channel young scientist challenge: taking science to the extreme! by Rosanna Hansen and Sherry Gerstein

Books for Geek Parents

Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists: the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun by Ken Denmead

Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson

The geek dad's guide to weekend fun: cool hacks, cutting -edge games, and more awesome projects for the whole family by Ken Denmead


And for Moms who want to get in on the fungeek out with your kids over science experiments, super heroes, and fun crafts!

Memoirs: Overcoming Addiction

Check out these inspirational stories from people who have hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.

Broken: my story of addiction and redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham

Fall to pieces: a memoir of drugs, rock 'n' roll, and mental illness by Mary Forsberg Weiland

Guts: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster by Kristen Johnston

Drinking: a love story by Caroline Knapp

The heroin diaries: a year in the life of a shattered rock star by Nikki Sixx ; with Ian Gittins

Long past stopping: a memoir by Oran Canfield

Book About Animals for Children

Hey Kids! Are you a lover of animals? If so, check out these awesome animal books and get your Animal Lover Badge.

Picture Books

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

Animals home alone by Loes Riphagen

Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by David Roberts

Mini racer by Kristin Dempsey; illustrations by Bridget Strevens

Unusual Pets

Dog Memoirs

Memoirs About Dogs — Some of these titles may also be available as books on CD or e-books and a few have been made into DVDs:

A dog for all seasons: a memoir by Patti Sherlock

Dog house: a love story by Carol Prisant

Drinking with Miss Dutchie: a memoir by Ed Breslin

Fixing Freddie: a true story about a boy, a mom, and a very, very bad beagle by Paula Munier

It's okay to miss the bed on the first jump: and other life lessons I learned from dogs by John O'Hurley

Izzy and Lenore: two dogs, an unexpected journey, and me by Jon Katz

Non-Fiction Books About Cats

Non-Fiction Books About Dogs

Savvy Seniors: June is National Men's Health Month

June is National Men’s Health Month and a time when we remind men about the real life benefits of exercise and physical activity, which can have a positive impact on men’s health and may help manage certain health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and Heart Disease. (Resource: GetFit4Life)

Cuts fitness for men: the ultimate 30-minute workout by John Gennaro, with Myatt Murphy and Steven Haase

The FastDiet: lose weight, stay healthy, and live longer with the simple secret of intermittent fasting by Dr. Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer

Diabetes rescue diet: conquer diabetes naturally while eating and drinking what you love—even chocolate and wine! by Mark Bricklin

Best practices for a healthy heart: how to stop heart disease before or after it starts by Sarah Samaan