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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

Mysterious Michigan

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

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.]

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

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

All Kinds of Bugs for Kids

Ultimate bugopedia: the most complete bug reference ever by Darlyne Murawski & Nancy Honovich

Behold the beautiful dung beetle by Cheryl Bardoe ; illustrated by Alan Marks

The secret life of the woolly bear caterpillar by illustrated by Joan Paley ; Laurence Pringle

Noisy bug sing-along by John Himmelman

Weird insects by Michael Worek

Handle with care: an unusual butterfly journey by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

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

Michigan Biographies For Kids

Young Jerry Ford: athlete and citizen by Hendrik Booraem, V


Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe ; illustrated by Lisa Cohen


Henry Ford by Steven Roberts ; [illustrations, Planman Technologies]


Rosa Parks by Gillian Gosman




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

The Crafty Parent (Projects to do with Kids)

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

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

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

Fun and Games for the whole Family

More Fun and Games for the Family

More Michigan Biographies for Kids

True stories about people with a connection to Michigan. For more fascinating stories about real people, look in our JBIO collection.

 

Tim Allen by Terri Dougherty

Driven: a photobiography of Henry Ford by Don Mitchell ; foreword by Lee Iacocca

Malcolm Little: the boy who grew up to become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz ; illustrated by AG Ford

All aboard!: Elijah McCoy's steam engine by Monica Kulling ; illustrated by Bill Slavin

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

Medical Drama Nonfiction Films

And the band played on [videodisc] by HBO Pictures

Awakenings [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures

Gifted hands [videodisc] by Sony Pictures Television Inc

Girl, interrupted [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures

Sybil [videodisc] by Lorimar Productions presents

The three faces of Eve [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

The vow [videodisc] by Screen Gems and Spyglass Entertainment present ; produced by Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Jonathan Glickman, Paul Taublieb ; story by Stuart Sender ; screenplay by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein and Jason Katims ; directed by Michael Sucsy

Everyone Loves a Hero: True Stories of Real Heroes