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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

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

Investigate, Experiment, and Create

Many of our science experiment books are grouped together in our nonfiction section (J507.8). Here are a few to get you started this summer. Get the whole family in on your experiments!

Citizen scientists: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Things that float and things that don't by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Anna Raff

The big green book of the big blue sea by written by Helaine Becker ; illustrated by Willow Dawson

Star Wars science fair book by Samantha Margles

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

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

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

TV shows about science… Or, if you like Cosmos…

The new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson just wrapped up, so here are some suggestions for you to get your astrophysical fix.

Cosmos. Episode I [videodisc]: a personal journey by Cosmos Studios

What makes us human? [videodisc] by PBS

A brief history of time [videodisc] by directed by Errol Morris

400 years of the telescope [videodisc]: a journey of science, technology and thought by producer and director, Kris Koenig

The inexplicable universe [videodisc]: unsolved mysteries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The universe. The complete season five [videodisc] by produced by Flight 33 Productions for History Television Network productions

STEM Science: Lead the way

Local high school student Maha Zahid recognized that when entering high school many of her friends were struggling with the application of basic science concepts. As a result, she developed a science enrichment program geared towards middle school students (grades 6th- 8th) who strive to get a head start in their high school science experience and gain more knowledge of innovative careers options in the field of medicine and engineering. This program will focus on fundamental science concepts including chemistry, biochemistry, cells, human body systems and physics that are beneficial for students to know before entering high school. With every concept students will complete hands on activities that will enrich their learning experience. This is an 8 week program that will run every Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM. The first session takes place on June 27 and the last is on August 15. Registration begins May 26 and space is limited!

Green Opportunities in the City of Detroit

In honor of Earth Week, which includes Earth Day and Arbor Day, we will have representatives from The Greening of Detroit on hand to discuss what they are doing to transform the physical, and metaphorical, landscape of Detroit. For over two decades, this non-profit organization has been instrumental in spear-heading green initiatives, most notably the repatriation of trees, in conjunction with the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in learning about an innovative and fun project focused on the revitalization of the city, and how you can get involved, please join us on April 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this event. There will be the opportunity to sign up for tree-planting and park clean-up volunteer activities as well as enroll in the Citizen Forester program. Check out the Greening on Channel 7 News and in the Detroit Free Press. See the attached document for more details.

UoM Family Reading and Science Program III

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, March 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the balance", participants will find out what can happen if the food chain comes undone? In the circle of life there is a delicate balance of predators and prey, each keeping the other in check. This workshop will explore how we monitor the health of those relationships and what we can do to maintain the balance. Registration begins on February 24.

STEM Science: Lead the Way

Local high school student Maha Zahid recognized that when entering high school many of her friends were struggling with the application of basic science concepts. As a result, she developed a science enrichment program geared towards middle school students (grades 6th- 8th) who strive to get a head start in their high school science experience and gain more knowledge of innovative careers options in the field of medicine and engineering. This program will focus on fundamental science concepts including chemistry, biochemistry, cells, human body systems and physics that are beneficial for students to know before entering high school. With every concept students will complete hands on activities that will enrich their learning experience. This is an 8 week program that will run every Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM. The first session takes place on March 7 and the last is on April 18. Registration begins February 21 and space is limited!

UofM Family Reading and Science Program II

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, February 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled "Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons and Man", participants will find out if humans always been apex predators. The giant mammals of the ice age not only had to worry about the climate but there was a new contender for apex predator status- humans. In this workshop we will examine the rise and fall of the megafauna and human's emerging role as apex predator. Registration begins on Janurary 20.

UofM Family Reading and Science Program I

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, January 18 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled Dining on Dinos: Long necks, sharp teeth, club tails, killer claws, participants will learn what fossils tell us about who ate who in the distant past. The world in the time of the dinosaurs was a brutal place. We will explore what fossils can tell us about the lives and coping strategies of predators and prey animals. Registration begins on December 23.

Year 2013 Top Non-Fiction Picks

Canton Public Library's Information Services Librarians share their favorite 2013 non-fiction read(s), a mixture of Adult, Teen, and Children's fiction books.

Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis





The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman





Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright



Junius and Albert's adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War odyssey by Peter Carlson






One summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

National Chemistry Week

Use National Chemistry Week (October 20-26) as a motivator to learn about some of the fascinating and groundbreaking discoveries by chemists throughout history:

Mendeleyev's dream: the quest for the elements by Paul Strathern

Napoleon's buttons: how 17 molecules changed history by Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson

The Curies: a biography of the most controversial family in science by Denis Brian

Mauve: how one man invented a color that changed the world by Simon Garfield

The invention of air: a story of science, faith, revolution, and the birth of America by Steven Johnson

Marie Curie: a life by Susan Quinn

Fall Astronomy Day

Fall Astronomy Day (October 13) is a good time to read up on some of the noted astronomers of the past, or watch an informative documentary:

Galileo in Rome: the rise and fall of a troublesome genius by William R. Shea and Mariano Artigas

Copernicus' secret: how the scientific revolution began by Jack Repcheck

Edwin Hubble: mariner of the nebulae by Gale E. Christianson

Galileo: a life by James Reston, Jr

Kepler's witch: an astronomer's discovery of cosmic order amid religious war, political intrigue, and the heresy trial of his mother by James A. Connor

Carl Sagan: a life by Keay Davidson

STEM Science - Lead the Way

Local high school student Maha Zahid recognized that when entering high school many of her friends were struggling with the application of basic science concepts. As a result, she developed a science enrichment program geared towards middle school students (grades 6th- 8th) who strive to get a head start in their high school science experience and gain more knowledge of innovative careers options in the field of medicine and engineering. This program will focus on fundamental science concepts including chemistry, biochemistry, cells, human body systems and physics that are beneficial for students to know before entering high school. With every concept students will complete hands on activities that will enrich their learning experience. This is an 8 week program that will run every Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM. The first session takes place on October 4 and the last is on November 22. Registration begins September 20 and space is limited!

Great Discoveries in Physics

It was 100 years ago this year, in 1913, that physicist Niels Bohr discovered the quantum atom (i.e the atomic nucleus in the center with the electrons in orbit around it). For this work he received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922. In honor of this goundbreaking event read about some of the other amazing discoveries by physicists throughout history:

American Prometheus: the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

The Curies: a biography of the most controversial family in science by Denis Brian

Degrees Kelvin: a tale of genius, invention, and tragedy by David Lindley

Edward Teller: the real Dr. Strangelove by Peter Goodchild

STEM Science - Lead the Way

Local high school student Maha Zahid recognized that when entering high school many of her friends were struggling with the application of basic science concepts. As a result, she developed a science enrichment program geared towards middle school students (grades 6th- 8th) who strive to get a head start in their high school science experience and gain more knowledge of innovative careers options in the field of medicine and engineering. This program will focus on fundamental science concepts including chemistry, biochemistry, cells, human body systems and physics that are beneficial for students to know before entering high school. With every concept students will complete hands on activities that will enrich their learning experience. This is an 8 week program that will run every Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM. The first session takes place on August 2 and the last is on September 20. Space is limited so register today! (This program will repeat starting October 4)