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Hey Kids,

Because of my superior location near the New Book shelves, I get first crack at the new items that come in, including the chapter books, the picture books, even nonfiction and biographies. Did you know that a biography is a book about a real person? Today I snuck a new biography about Peter Roget, the person who made Roget’s Thesaurus. Guess what? A thesaurus is not a dinosaur. It’s a list of words, and the ones that mean the same thing are all grouped together. Peter Roget always made lists of things, from when he was a very little boy, and one day those lists became his first thesaurus. 

You can even browse a version of Roget’s Thesaurus online.

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator


Find other fascinating stories about real people in the J Biography section at the back of the Children’s Department, or ask a Children's Librarian.

 

Baseball Picture Books

Apple batter by Deborah Turney Zagwÿn


The Babe & I by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Ballpark by Elisha Cooper


Baseball hour by Carol Nevius ; illustrated by Bill Thomson


Bats at the ballgame by written and illustrated by Brian Lies


Batter up Wombat by Helen Lester ; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger


The Berenstain bears go out for the team by Stan & Jan Berenstain

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

Picture Books

Mirette on the high wire by Emily Arnold McCully


From there to here by Laurel Croza ; pictures by Matt James


Ming's adventure with the Terracotta Army by Li Jian ; translated by Yijian Wert


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


Green is a chile pepper: a book of colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong ; illustrated by John Parra


Meet me at the moon by Gianna Marino

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

Yummy Animated Picture Books

Animated picture books are available for Canton patrons on Hoopla. For more instructions on how to access our Hoopla streaming service, check our eMedia page.




And you could finish off your food-themed story downloads with a round of food-themed music (also available on Hoopla).


Big Brothers and Sisters

In honor of National Superhero Day (April 28), a list of books for the best kind of superheroes: big brothers and sisters.

A new brother or sister by Charlotte Guillain

Will you still love me? by Carol Roth ; illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Transportation

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home? Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhyme are all fun suggestions for a "transportation" themed storytime. 

My car by Byron Barton


Freight train by Donald Crews

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Zoo

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home? Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhyme are all fun suggestions for a "zoo" themed storytime. 


Dear zoo by Rod Campbell


Zoo ah-choooo by Peter Mandel ; illustrated by Elwood Smith


The Underpants Zoo by written and illustrated by Brian Sendelbach




Six little ducks [sound recording] by Al Dana... [et al.] — Dance to the track "Going To The Zoo."


Wiggleworms love you [sound recording] — Sing along with the track "Speckled Frogs."

African-American Musicians and Music

Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians. 

We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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

Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman

Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka

Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield

Robert F. Sibert Medal Awards for Informational Picture Books

The Robert F. Sibert Medal is awarded yearly to an outstanding nonfiction picture book. There are frequently several honor books named as well, and this year was no exception. If you are looking for something both beautiful and informative, try this list of award-winning titles.

2014 Medal Winner and Honor Books:


Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

A splash of red: the life and art of Horace Pippin by written by Jen Bryant ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Locomotive by Brian Floca

The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me," illustrated by Bryan Collier is the 2014 King illustrator book winner.  The book was written by Daniel Beaty and published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group. Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson is the King illustrator Honor book.

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids. It's that time of year again.  Monday, January 27th is the big day...the day they announce the winners of the 2014 Caldecott Award.  Which means its time for me to blog about what books I think are in the running. I tell you, it was a tough field this year.  I do not envy those people on the Caldecott committee one bit.  But I do wonder if they'd consider letting a bear on the committee one of these years. Any who, as follows, in no particular order (okay...maybe it's in alphabetical order) are my picks. 

Hank finds an egg by Rebecca Dudley — This wordless picture book tells the story of a friendly monkey helping an egg get back to its nest.  The picture are photos of a handmade world. Photography and Arts and Crafts are two under represented art categories in Caldecott winners. Perhaps this is the year this changes? 

Year 2013 Top Fiction Picks

Every year all of Canton Public Library's Information Services Librarians share their favorite 2013 fiction reads, a mixture of Adult, Teen, and Children's fiction books.

And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini



The goldfinch by Donna Tartt






The dinner: a novel by Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett






Sisterland: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

November is Picture Book Month

As in many other libraries, picture books are one of the highest circulating collections here at Canton Public Library. To celebrate that, November is Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative supported by the Children's Book Council, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and other groups. Need some ideas of great picture books to share with your kids? You can sort our Kids Book Lists by Picture Books. And our helpful children librarians are always happy to suggest some of their very favorite books. The official website of Picture Book Month has lots of activities links and wonderful essays on the importance of Picture Books written by popular children's authors.

Farmer's Market w/guest author Shanda Trent

As you may know, we hold storytimes at the Canton Farmer's Market on various Sundays throughout the summer. What you may not know is that on Sunday, August 4 at 10:30 AM we will host local Ann Arbor author Shanda Trent as she presents her book Farmer's Market Day. This book follows a little girl as she explores the wonders of the local Farmer's Market searching for the perfect treat. Join us in welcoming Ms Trent to the Canton Farmer's Market!

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

Sporty Picture Books

Who's on first? by Abbott & Costello ; illustrated by John Martz


A is for amazing moments: a sports alphabet by written by Brad Herzog ; illustrated by Melanie Rose


Happy like soccer by Maribeth Boelts ; illustrated by Lauren Castillo


Clorinda plays baseball! by Robert Kinerk ; illustrated by Steven Kellogg


Babar's Celesteville Games by Laurent de Brunhoff


The Babe & I by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo

Chow Down Picture Books

Check out one of these fun foodie picture books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Monster chefs by Brian & Liam Anderson


Albert the muffin-maker by Eleanor May ; illustrated by Deborah Melmon

The good-pie party by written by Liz Garton Scanlon ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Tiny pie by Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman ; illustrated by Edward Hemingway ; recipe by Alice Waters


Pete's a pizza by William Steig

The apple pie tree by Zoe Hall ; illustrated by Shari Halpern

Picture Books to Love

There are so many fantastic picture books out there to enjoy. Here's a few great reads that kids of all ages will love!

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Chicka chicka boom boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault ; illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Curious George by H. A.