Beginning Readers

How can we be good citizens? Now is a great time to explore the topic at home and learn new ways to be good to each other. Try making a list of ways to help in your community and check off as many as you can!

What can a citizen do? by Dave Eggers

There are so many ways to celebrate each other during holiday seasons.  What are your favorite traditions? The best thing about traditions is they are meant to be shared so take the time to tell others about your favorites and learn something about theirs.

 

Korean Celebrations takes young readers on an exciting exploration of Korea's colorful festivals and family celebrations--wonderful days that are filled with exciting activities and delicious foods. This book allows children to experience Korean culture firsthand by involving them in games, crafts, foods and other activities like the following: Preparing and enjoying delicious songpeyon--sweet dumplings that everyone loves to eat on Chuseok (Korea's version of Thanksgiving) Folding a paper carnation--a favorite Parent's Day gift! Making your own board game to play Yut-Nori--a game of luck and strategy that's played during Seollal, Korea's all-important New Year celebrations Writing simple Korean phrases using the Hanguel alphabet, Korea's written language--which is celebrated with its own holiday (Hanguel Day)! Making a paper fan--something kids always like to do when the hot summer holidays roll around! Making your own Pepero chocolate cookies or pretzel treats that also have their own just-for-fun festival day called Pepero Day Kids also learn about other special Korean celebrations and festivals such as: Dano--the end of the planting season which is full of fun competitions like wrestling and swinging contests Children's Day--a spring day off from school, when parents take their kids out for a day of fun Daeboreum--a holiday to celebrate the moon, filled with special dances, twirling fire, lots of walking and, of course, special foods Special birthdays (like turning one, or turning sixty) and other family celebrations. ...And plenty more. Because in Korea, a holiday or celebration is always just around the corner! Allow kids to immerse themselves in the lives of their Korean counterparts with this interactive multicultural children's book.

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones.

A lovely way to enjoy the holiday season no matter what holiday you celebrate is music. If you close your eyes, you can just hear the opening notes from a long familiar tune and it can take you back to your childhood or to yesterday.  Music is so powerful that it can make us laugh, cry, and relive memories long forgotten.  We hope these help you enjoy a safe and memorable holiday season.

From Our CD Collection

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. 

Celebrate Veterans Day and read one of the books linked below to celebrate and honor our veterans. 

-Information on Veterans Day was gathered at History.com 
 

The Frank show by David Mackintosh

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors Native American and Indigenous people as well as their history and culture. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October across the United States. Today is a great day to read a book by and about Native American people!

Nonfiction

The people shall continue by 1941- Simon J. Ortiz

 

Ready for goosebumps and crazy creatures? Here's a collection of spooky stories featuring unexpected creatures and adventures. Books are suggested for First Grade readers and listeners, but remember that each child is different and might find something interesting at another level.

It's midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn't scared. Of course I am not scared. Nothing can scare lord Vader! Correct. Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark. So what is Darth Vader scared of?

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer

Finn and Cara live by the sea in Ireland.  When their daid makes a small curragh for them, he warns them to never go to Fog Island, a dark and dangerous place. But one day, while out in the boat, a fog envelopes the siblings and strong currents carry them to the island.

 

Ready for goosebumps and crazy creatures? Here's a collection of spooky stories featuring unexpected creatures and adventures. Books are suggested for Kindergarten readers and listeners, but remember that each child is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Black dog by Levi Pinfold

The Hope family spots a large black dog outside of their home, and Small, the youngest member of the family, is the only one brave enough to face the dog.

The Cyclops Witch never backs down from adventure or the medley of monsters she meets along the way. But one spooky night, the only thing in the world that gives her the heebie-jeebies walks right up to her door--and it's not what you're expecting.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles, or you can try our May We Suggest service for more recommendations.

Kindergarten

Before she was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Also available in: video | e-video

A lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman honors the woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life, discussing her roles as a slave, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, a nurse, a Union spy, and a suffragist.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Aretha Franklin by Ma Isabel (María Isabel) Sánchez Vegara

Discover the life of Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul. The fourth of five children, Aretha was born in Tennessee and took the stage at an early age in her fathers church choir. She went on to become the bestselling rhythm and blues singer of all time, and the first woman to be installed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, the man who first invented the helium balloons that have become the trademark of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by First Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk or try our May We Suggest service.

Fiction

Fiction books for First Grade can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, and KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Click on each title for location and availability.

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