Tweens

It's the day we're all waiting for...in a galaxy far, far away. Enter the world of Jedis, Sith, Rebels, Mandalorians, and Yodas of all ages! Here are some quick links and library materials to help you celebrate this annual tradition.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

  • Official Star Wars Day website - Head here for videos, free activities, and info on all things Star Wars.
  • The Mandalorian Junior Novel (eBook) - A junior novel retelling of the first season of the smash-hit, instantly iconic Disney+ series, The Mandalorian.
  • The Ultimate Star Wars And Philosophy (eAudiobook) - Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas's creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic - Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic! Check out the newest (oldest?) chapter in the Star Wars saga with books for all ages on hoopla.

The High Republic: The Great Jedi Rescue (read-along eBook)

The High Republic: A Test Of Courage (Juvenile eBook)

The High Republic: Into The Dark (YA eBook) 

The High Republic Adventures (eComic) 

Library Books and Comics

Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrate to acknowledge, discover, and demonstrate support for environmental protection. The books below share stories about the Earth, as well as ways that we can support and protect our planet. What will you do to make the Earth a better place?

Picture Books

Caillou : plants a tree by 1968- Sarah Margaret Johanson

Penguins, penguins, everywhere! April 25th is World Penguin Day and what a joyful day it will be. You could be a part of this amazing day--practice your penguin waddle, draw penguin pictures and post them, build your own penguin nest out of things your find, and be sure to enjoy our great penguin materials available through our catalog! The ideas are endless. 

Books

Celebrate Children's Book Week 2021

Childrens Book Week Poster by Bryan Collier with Black girl flexing on a book

 

Join us for Children's Book Week from Monday, May 3 -- Sunday, May 9. This celebration of children's and teen literature draws attention to the importance of good books for young people.

Visit Every Child a Reader to find printable bookmarks, drawing guides, superpower challenges, and a poster with even more activities

Ramp up the fun with these other suggestions:

  • Dress up as your favorite children's book character.
  • Take the StoryWalk behind the library, through Heritage Park.
  • Browse our Early Literacy resources. Try one out and tell us if you liked it. 
  • Check out a Kids eBook using one of our library apps: Hoopla, Libby, Kanopy.
  • Submit a May We Suggest Kids request to get personalized recommendations.

Don't forget to share your experiences and use the hashtag #ChildrensBookWeek2021 on your social media accounts. Tag us on Facebook and Twitter @CantonLibrary or on Instagram @CantonPublicLibrary so we can see what you've been up to.

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The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2021, including the Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Medal. This award goes to the most distinguished Non-fiction titles  for children each year.

To find past award winners in our catalog or to check availability, do a title search for Robert F. Siebert. For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2021 Medal Winner

 

The American Library Association announced the top youth books and media of the year, including the Coretta Scott King Awards. The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table have issued awards to outstanding African American authors and illustrators since 1970. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Coretta Scott King Award. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2021 Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

Before the ever after by Jacqueline Woodson

Yesterday the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of the year, including the Pura Belpré Award. The Association for Library Service to Children presents the Pura Belpré Award to the Latinx writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

Belpré Illustrator Award Winner

Vamos! Let's go eat! by illustrator 1976- Raúl the Third
Also available in: e-book | video

 

Today the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of the year, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children awards the Newbery to the books deemed the most outstanding contributions to children's literature. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Newbery Medal Winner. For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2021 Newbery Medal Winner

When you trap a tiger by Tae Keller
Also available in: e-audiobook | large print

When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Amal unbound by Aisha Saeed
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn't lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt.

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook | large print

Some people can do their homework. Some people get to have crushes on boys. Some people have other things they've got to do. Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there's Lenny, her mom's boyfriend--they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer. Can Zoey find the courage to speak up, even if it means risking the most stable home she's ever had?

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

To some kids, school means homework, bus rides, or band practice. To others it means bullies, tough teachers, or pranking the substitute. In this collection, authors describe a standout story from their school days. 

Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl... But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?

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