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Have you read all of the stories about a certain curious little monkey? Looking for some more fun reads? Check out this list of books that are like Curious George and even has some that are maybe a little different.

Secret pizza party by 1983- Adam Rubin

Each year, the Eisner Awards are given to the best Graphic Novels for kids, teens, and adults. Here are your 2020 nominees in the Kids Graphic Novels:

Best Publication for Early Readers

Kitchen gardening has been around since the early times. A small plot of land near the house can be used to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables for household use, according to the season. Growing your own food has many health benefits:

You eat more fresh fruits and vegetables,

You chose what pesticides and fertilizers to use
Harvest time is chosen by you.

It is good exercise and fun for the whole family.           

These books and other resources can help you get started on your kitchen garden today!  

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Physical fitness can help you sleep, feel, think and manage your weight loss better. It can also energize your mind and body. Just a quick walk around the block can rejuvenate your body and mind. Get moving and inspired with these books, DVDs, e-media and other digital resources.

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Hiking has many benefits. Along with the sun warming your face, the sound of the wind in the trees and the beauty of nature, hiking is good for your health. You not only get physical exercise but also emotional and mental relief enjoying the great outdoors. So lace up your hiking boots, gather your family and discover the abundance of trails and parks in Canton and the great state of Michigan.

For more ways to participate in the summer program head back to the 62 Ways to do 62 Days page. 

Trails

Canton Twp.Trails

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail

ITC Corridor Trail (Novi)

SEMCOG Michigan Trails

Michigan Trails

Michigan Trail Maps

Parks

Canton Parks

Canton Walking Paths

State Parks - Maybury, Isand Lake Recreation Area, Proud Lake Recreation Area, etc.

Metroparks - Dexter-Huron, Delhi, Hudson Mills, Kensington, etc. 

 

Art is a line around your thoughts. --Gustav Klimt

 

The crazy nature of life can sometimes make it difficult to harness how we're thinking and feeling. Art can be a cathartic way of trying to make sense of what feels hard in life. But art and expressing oneself needn't be fussy. Grab that bucket of sidewalk chalk, take a deep breath of the fresh air, and let the driveway and sidewalk be your canvas. 

Need some inspiration? Take a peek below. 

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Doorways and books go well together. Doors in literature often lead characters into wild adventures and magical outings. Likewise, our own doors and doorways can be a fantastic way to highlight and put the spotlight on some of our favorite stories and books. Bedroom doors, classroom doors, and basement doors are all a good place to start. They can become the inspired entrance to your own personal space. They can make someone wonder what lies behind it. Visionary thinking will let an ordinary door become a marvelous celebration of a favorite story. Its a great summer project that gives you a place to exercise your creativity now or in a future doorway, and celebrate a book you love in an innovative way. Head back to 62 days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

The Fourth of July, or Independence day will be here before you know it. Red, white and blue are the patriotic colors that surround this fun day of celebration. The holiday goes back to 1776 when the continental congress voted for independence as a nation, and formally adopted the Declaration of Independance. The tradition of fireworks began in Philadelphia a year later with the first organized celebration of independence day, and became even more widespread after the War of 1812. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday in 1870. Today we often celebrate independence day with barbeque's, fireworks and patriotic music. There are also  many fun craft and food ideas to help observe the festivities. Check out these books that give you celebration stories and background on this grand summer holiday. Head back to 62 days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Let's celebrate Independence Day by Barbara DeRubertis

Today is a great day to love the planet! Respecting the Earth today ensures that we have a beautiful place to call home in the future. Use the resources and ideas below to learn about upcycling, lowering your waste, sustainable fashion, and more!

Love Your Earth for Kids

  • Try upcycling! Upcycling means taking old things that might be thrown away and making them into something new. Find upcycling ideas in a book or try one of these 20 projects from 5-Minute Crafts PLAY on YouTube.
  • Plant flowers by making DIY seed balls from recycled paper.
  • Make recycling fun! Decorate your recycling bins or have a contest to see which family member recycles the most in a week. 
  • Love your Earth up close by taking a nature walk. Use a journal to record what you see, hear, and discover outside.

Love Your Earth for Adults

  • Don't let an old tin can or t-shirt go to waste! Check out a book about upcycling or get inspired with projects from DIY Network
  • The fashion industry produces millions of tons of clothing waste every year, along with using 2% of all freshwater extraction globally. Consider greening your closet and learning more about the fashion industry. 
  • Consider making some simple swaps in your day-to-day life to reduce your waste
  • Make your own cleaning supplies with ingredients you have at home and ensure that your home is clean and natural. We've collected a few simple recipes to try today!

More Ways to Love Your Earth

  • Discover how organizations like Greenpeace, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Sierra Club are working to protect the planet. Consider a donation or simply learn about the work these non-profits are doing. 
  • Your carbon footprint is a measure of the greenhouse gas emissions that your household produces. Use the EPA's Carbon Footprint Calculator and follow their tips to reduce your emissions.

Image "low angle photography of high angle trees during daytime" by Angela Benito on Unsplash

 

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

2 frogs

A great sign of spring is the sound of frogs and toads. The "Listen to Frogs" 62 Days 62 Ways square encourages you to do just that! Frogs are important to the environment (and to us!) for many reasons, but perhaps the most important is that they are an indicator species that help us determine the health of the environment.

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Froggy goes to bed by 1947- Jonathan London

It's time for bed! Not if Froggy has his way! Even after a long day of playing, Froggy's still not tired. His bath is ready, but first Froggy has to find his boat. And where are his pajamas? And how did his toothbrush get into the cookie jar? Oh, Frrooggyy! Now it's time to go to sleep, right? But Froggy can't sleep without a bedtime story! Join Froggy as he hops, flops, and zips from one familiar bedtime ritual to another. There are more books in the Froggy series or check out other kid-friendly frog titles including emedia.

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