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What We're Reading: September, 2014

This month is a mix of history, mystery, a book about books and reading, growing old, and second chances.

Can't we talk about something more pleasant? by Roz Chast

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other second chances by Ellen Cooney

The 40s: the story of a decade by The New Yorker ; edited by Henry Finder with Giles Harvey ; introduction by David Remnick

The shelf: from LEQ to LES by Phyllis Rose

Buried in a bog by Sheila Connolly

Great Fifth Grade Reads

Take a look at some great books for fifth graders:

The underneath by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by David Small

An unremarkable boy and a rather remarkable ghost by Louise Arnold

Dragon's breath by E.D. Baker

Great First Grade Reads

First graders, here are some great books just for you!

Young Cam Jansen and the missing cookie by David A. Adler; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Inside, outside, upside down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Mine's the best by Crosby Bonsall

Picture Books about Summer

Memorial Day kicked off summer celebrations all over Michigan. As the days get warmer, enjoy some of these picture books filled with great ways to spend those summer days.

Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee

Now it is summer by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma

Kitten's summer by Eugenie Fernandes

Spring Reads

Celebrate the season by picking up an easy-to-read book about springtime. You can find the books listed below in the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy spring!

Springtime in Bugland! by David A. Carter



Happy go Ducky by cover illustration by Jackie Urbanovic ; story by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Joe Mathieu

Monkey with a Toolbelt… Continued

Monkey with a tool belt and the seaside shenanigans by Chris Monroe — Have you met Chico the monkey, and his tool belt? If not, you are missing one handy monkey. In this new adventure, Chico helps his friend Clark the elephant fix many problems at a seaside resort. Chico has to fix the leaky boat, the broken sprinkler, and a hole in the roof. But his biggest challenge in the water slide. Can he fix it? Check out the book to find out! There are more Monkey with a Tool Belt adventures available at the library. Maybe Chico can show you how to fix something at your house?

Halloween Reads

Get ready for Halloween with some easy-to-read titles. These spook-tacular books are shelved in the Readers section in the Children's Department. A CPL librarian can show you just where to find them. Happy Halloween!

A fairy-tale fall by Apple Jordan; illustrated by Francesco Legramandi

Monster parade: a sticker rerader by Shana Corey; illustrated by Will Terry

Pooh's Halloween pumpkin by Isabel Gaines; illustrated by Josie Yee

Summer Reads

It's hot outside! Kids, enjoy some books about how others beat the heat. If you want to cool off, chill out and read a book at the library — we have air conditioning! Here are some hot summery picture books and easy reader books. Keep cool, and don't forget your sunscreen!

Amanda Pig and the really hot day by Jean Van Leeuwen; pictures by Ann Schweninger

Hot dog by Molly Coxe

Clifford keeps cool by Norman Bridwell

Bike Month

The month of May just happens to be National Bike Month. Now that the weather's finally improving, take some time to get outside and ride your bike. Check out some bike books, too! Listed below are a few fun choices. Happy reading (and bike riding!).

Little Lizard's new bike by Melinda Melton Crow; illustrated by Andrew Rowland

Curious George rides a bike by H. A. Rey

Pinkalicious Easy Reads

Hey kids! Did you know that you can now find Pinkalicious books in the Readers section of the Children's Department? We've got two new titles in this easy-to-read format. Check them out:

Pink around the rink by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious: school rules by Victoria Kann

So next time you're looking for Pinkalicious books, remember that they're not only in the Picture Books section, and don't forget to check the Readers section!

Sesame Street Science

Cookie Monster presents Sesame Street Science "Sink or Float." This YouTube video is an interactive science experiment where you can discover why things sink and why they float, all while learning the scientific method. Great for those beginning to experiment with science and those seasoned experimenters. For more information on why things sink or float check out these books.

Happy October!

It's October 1st and I'm ready for pumpkins. What about you? Get in the mood for fall and read a pumpkin book. Here are two that are easy to read on your own.

Oh my, pumpkin pie! by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Kenneth Spengler

Marley and the runaway pumpkin by based on the bestselling books by John Grogan; text by Susan Hill; interior illustrations by Lydia Halverson

Or if you want to read about more of the other fun things that happen in fall, try these books below.

Easy Recycling Reads

In honor of Earth Day, read a book about recycling. Here are a few easy-to-read choices:
  • Recycled! — a beginning reader story about recycling in the classroom
  • Choose To Reuse — a board book to teach even the very youngest about recycling
  • Reusing and Recycling — an easy-to-read nonfiction title about recycling household materials
Happy Earth Day! Be sure to recycle something today!

Holiday Reads

Hey kids, did you spend the day doing holiday shopping with the grown-ups? You probably need some down time after navigating through all those crowds at the stores! Come to the library and grab something (free!) to read and wind down. I'm feeling Christmas-y, so here are some of my favorite easy-to-read Christmas tales to get you in the spirit:

Arthur's Christmas cookies by words and pictures by Lillian Hoban

Aunt Eater's mystery Christmas by story and pictures by Doug Cushman

Make Reading Easy With Bob Books

The Bob Books are written with three-letter words and short sentences in order to make learning to read super easy! These are some well-loved books — they always seem to be checked out. We keep them in the Readers section in the Children's Department. If you can't find any on the shelf, just ask a librarian about requesting a hold on them and we'll be happy to help!

Make Friends With The Alphabet

I just discovered this beginning-reader series called Alphabet Friends. There are twenty-six books in all (one for each letter, of course!). Each book in the series features different kids doing different things, all connected in some way to a letter in the alphabet. The first book, called Anna and the Letter A, is about different things that Anna and her friend Angelica like to do. Jumping ahead a bit in the series we have Leila at the Library and the Letter L, where Leila goes to...you guessed it, the library! You know what? You should take a trip to the library, too, and check out some of these cool books! See you soon!

The Other Arthur

You've probably heard of Arthur, the aardvark star of many books by Marc Brown.  But before he came along, there was another Arthur out there - Arthur the chimpanzee! Arthur is the star of many easy-to-read books.

Mysteries for Beginning Readers

Are you looking for a good mystery book that's easy to read? You're in luck, the library has lots of them! Here's a list of some of the great mystery books we have available in the Readers section.

The case of the missing monkey by story by Cynthia Rylant; pictures by G. Brian Karas — this title is the first in a series about two sleuths in the big city.

Aunt Eater loves a mystery by Doug Cushman — Aunt Eater is an anteater who loves — you guessed it — mysteries!

Celebrate Amelia Earhart

Did you know that today is the 77th anniversary of pilot Amelia Earhart's historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean? On May 20, 1932, she set off across the ocean, heading for Ireland. It was a 2,026 mile flight that took 15 hours and 18 minutes! That's a long flight! She was the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic. Remember Amelia and her bravery by reading this easy book just for beginning readers.
Photo courtesy of eLibrary

The Bugs Are Back!

Now that spring is in full swing, you might be seeing lots more bugs crawling, buzzing, and flying all over the place! Learning about them doesn't have to be icky and gross...you can read books and find out all kinds of cool stuff without ever having to touch a bug! Here's one very simple book all about bugs that you can read on your own. Ask one of the librarians to show you more bug books next time you come to the library!