Sometimes picture books are no words and all pictures! In this heartwarming story, Sidewalk Flowers, a little girl walks with her father and picks sidewalk wildflowers. With kindness and wonder, she gives them away as gifts. She does not keep their beauty to herself, but instead shares the flowers with those who cross her path. She reminds us that when we see beauty in the world, we need to notice it, be grateful for it, and then pass on the joy to others.
Join a fellow explorer and his new bear friend on their adventure through the wild! The two friends make lasting memories together as they hike through the woods, conquer mountains, and discover new things!
One day a young boy name Tokyo who lived in a big city was given three seeds by an old woman. Tokyo was told that the seeds would grow into whatever he wanted! What would you want the seeds to grow into?
Urgent! SOS! Help! These animals (and one banana) are trapped inside this book! Only YOU can help them to get out, so hurry up and read this book today!
Summer is the time to explore outdoors and let your imagination take you away from the everyday. In this picture book, written in both English and Cree, Joe and Cody love nothing more than flying dragonfly "kites" where they gently tie thread around the middle of dragonflies and then watch them soar off in the sky. In their dreams, they can soar right along with their kites.
Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination! In her short life she has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves, a wonderland adventurer and a visitor to the world of fairy tales. This is Sadie, and this is her story.
If you like eerie and scary books then look no further than The Nest. Written for older children and illustrated by Jon Klassen, this book brings you into Steve's world of worry. He's worried about his very sick baby brother, his parents who are struggling to cope and about the wasp's nest hanging from the eaves. A mysterious wasp enters his dreams and all he is do to is say 'yes' to the wasp and his brother will be better... but could it be true? Does he dare? Once said, he can never take it back.
It all starts with a bear - and ends with a missing sandwich! You might get hungry following this bear's adventures as he travels from the forest to the city and meets a few other hungry animals. After all, who can resist a beautiful and delicious sandwich?
Rats, mosquitoes, bats, cockroaches, leeches, vultures — it’s easy to fear and despise them. But are they all bad? Friend or Foe takes a closer look at what we dislike about each of these unpopular animals, and then presents the flip side: these very same animals are often smart, helpful to humans and the environment, or inspiring to scientists.
Have you ever thought about what it's like to be a little bear who likes to eat leftover food from garbage bags and bins? Does eating smelly food from the garbage make you want to close your eyes and hold your nose? You will laugh out loud at the adventures of this little fellow as he jumps over fences and runs through backyards looking for his next treat.
Did you know that many mantises are cannibals and eat their own species!? Or that ants can lift up to 50 times their own body weight!? Look at detailed pictures and find out more about all sorts of neat insects in this exciting book about bugs!
Explore all of the fun things you can do with chalk! Learn how to make chalk that glows in the dark, foams, fizzes, and so much more. Full of amazing and fun activities that you can create with chalk, this book will keep you busy all summer long.
One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Rat is a look at the black rat. Find out about the rat's long, agile tail, long teeth and repulsive taste in food. If you're looking for a gross but fun read, check it out!
Have you ever wanted to be a dancer? A magician? An astronaut? Well, Leroy Ninker saw a movie about cowboys and then he wanted to be a cowboy. He got himself a cowboy hat and boots, and a lasso, but he still needed one more thing ...
After the zoo closes, monkey leaves his cage to explore! Monkey sees some animals that are tall and some that are short, some that are noisy and some that are quiet. Read this book to meet the rest of the animals in the Opposite Zoo!
A boy and a book. How could that be interesting?! Unless, of course, you're a bored, bad boy and a good little book. They meet in a dusty old study but that's just the beginning. Soon everything changes.
Somethings out there in the dark!
Possum is hiding from the sounds in the night, and his fear sets off a chain reaction in the other night animals.
“What could it possibly be?” asks Bat.
“Night Animals!” the animals declare.
“But you are night animals,” Bat informs this not-so-smart crew.
A twist on a cozy bedtime story, perhaps best read with a flashlight.
Something mysterious is happening on Grimloch lane. First William takes notice, then the entire town. Who is responsible for these magical creations?
The only thing Chris and Frank have in common is that they both know Jack, Chris’s daredevil uncle, who wants to take the boys on an adventure from Alaska to Canada, a year after Chris’s father dies. During a treacherous storm, Jack is killed, and the boys are stranded on the untamed Alaska coast to combat hunger, cold temperatures, bears, and wolves—to stay alive. The boys’ discovery of a mysterious “skeleton tree”with coffins in its branches neatly parallels their individual quests to make sense of recent losses and the lives they have left behind in this suspenseful and action packed novel.
A bear, a moose, and a beaver begin a mountain-climbing adventure. As they race each other to the top, the friends experience a few troubles and so decide upon a better way to hike up the mountain.
There are plenty of books about unusual animals. This is a book about fourteen well-known animals-kangaroos, hippos, giraffes-who all have unusual characteristics. For instance, did you know that a kangaroo's kick can be deadly, that a giraffe can clean its own ears with its tongue, or that a hippo has teeth as long as a child's arm? This book, full of amazing photographs, is perfect for animal lovers of all ages.
When Scribble appears in the orderly world of Square, Triangle, and Circle, they don't really know what to think of him. But when they invite Scribble to play with them they realize all of the wonderful, imaginative creations they can make together.
Sometimes you feel sly and sharp like a fox and sometimes you feel delicate and free like a butterfly. Daniel Danielle's book invites children to explore Anishinaabe culture through her soft watercolour illustrations and simple poems.
Roz the robot has no idea how she came to be on an island with only wild animals for company. As far as she knows, it's her home. Peter Brown's book "Wild Robot" is an action-packed and humourous story with a twist on the typical shipwreck on a deserted island tale.
Put on your pyjamas, bring your favourite stuffed toy and join us for bedtime stories.
Have you ever taken the time to have a good look at the clouds? Lie down outside in the grass and look up... way up. What do you see in the clouds? Can you make out shapes and patterns? Watch as they change and morph into something different as the wind blows. You might be surprised at what your imagination will let you see if you just take the time.
Get growing at the library! Have fun learning about amazing creatures that live in dirt, meet some composting worms, and plant veggie seeds to take home for your very own garden. This program is facilitated by Becky Ellis, the owner of Earth Magic Permaculture and an environmental educator. Dress for a mess!
This free program with no registration required will be at the Carson, Lambeth, Byron, Masonville and Jalna Branch Libraries.
Let's get creative this summer by making some awesome kites for the Western Fair Library Challenge! Kites made in the library will be displayed at the Western Fair in September.
WWF Together brings you closer to amazing and endangered species than you ever could have imagined, letting you discover their lives and the work World Wildlife Fund does for them. Try out “tiger vision,” flap your wings like a migrating butterfly, and chop the panda’s bamboo.
(available for iOS and Android devices.)
Check out this website for cool games, videos and contests. Lots to do and explore.
From weird and wacky animal facts to videos, stories and more, there is something for all animal and nature lovers on National Geographic Kids.
Use their art with your words to create your own books in minutes. Let the art inspire and surprise you as you write. You can choose to keep the stories to yourself or share them with the public.
Explore this fun and free database on the Library's website that lets you learn cool facts about animals and science. All you need is your library card number!