Discovering a smelly creature in her garbage can that she names after herself, Olga befriends and studies the eccentric Olgamus using the scientific method, the practices of Jane Goodall, and other scientific concepts.

Ten-year-old Aldo Zelnick chronicles his life and adventures over the course of his summer vacation through journaling and sketches in his diary.

Middle school student, Jamie Kelly, writes all the strange and sometimes not so wonderful things that happens to her or she sees during school in her diary and promises that everything she writes is as true as she wants it to be.

Explore the lives of many artists. The books below are found in our children's collections, but may appeal to wider audiences. Find more artists and art in our collections: just ask any librarian.

Describes how Van Gogh's insomnia, possibly a symptom of mental or phyical illness, allowed him to view the night sky while everyone else was asleep and influenced how he saw the world around him.

A story inspired by the life of the influential French master artist considers how he transformed his dreary childhood community in northern France through his expressions of color and form.

 

Did you miss our Green Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a colorful storytime you can do at home. 

 

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The great big green by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

A lyrical ode to the planet poses a riddle that invites children to identify an enormous object that is green everywhere it is not blue and is covered with green plants and creatures.

 

Did you miss our Dancing Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a rhythmic storytime you can do at home. 

 

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Edgar Degas walks through the streets of Paris observing life in the city and creating art based on some of the things he sees. He stops at the opera house to watch the ballerinas.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Grace Thomas, the American Girl character who visits Paris and wants to start her own bakery, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

The 12 dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

Thirteen-year-old Christa's plans for her favorite holiday are derailed when her parents announce their divorce and Christa spends Christmas in Europe with her mom, but even though her dad remains in Chicago, he sends Christa on a scavenger hunt made up of dares that send her all over Florence, Paris, and London.

 

Did you miss our Boats Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a watery storytime you can do at home.

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Yak and Gnu by Juliette MacIver

An adventure in the river with Yak in his kayak and Gnu in his canoe is marked by a safari of unusual nautical sightings, including a goat in a boat, a calf on a raft, and a whole flotilla of whales and gorillas.

 

Did you miss our Mail Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a postal storytime you can do at home. Maybe you can send your own letter after you're done.

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Spots in a box by Helen Ward

Ordering some spots by mail when he worries about his lack thereof, a young guinea fowl is surprised by his delivery, which contains spots of various sizes, colors, and patterns.

 

Did you miss our Alphabet Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a "letter"-ary storytime you can do at home. Don't forget that the beginning of our J Picture Book section is dedicated to books about the alphabet.

 

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Alphabet under construction by Denise Fleming

A busy mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the "F," measures the "M," and rolls the "R."

 

If you enjoyed reading about Felicity Merriman, the American Girl character who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia on the eve of the American Revolution in 1774, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Also available in: audiobook

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

 

Did you miss our Spider Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a buggy storytime you can do at home.

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If I'm Trying to Love Spiders doesn't cure your spider phobia, it'll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are...and laugh a lot as you learn about them.

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