Every year the Canton Public Library staff name their favorite book of the year.  This list is a mixture of  Adult, Teen, Tween, and Children's Non-fiction published between December 2016 - December 2017.

When Swedish-born Linda McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. In Sweden children play outside all year round, regardless of the weather, and letting young babies nap outside in freezing temperatures is not only common--it is a practice recommended by physicians. In the US, on the other hand, she found that the playgrounds, which she had expected to find teeming with children, were mostly deserted. In preschool, children were getting drilled to learn academic skills, while their Scandinavian counterparts were climbing trees, catching frogs, and learning how to compost. Worse, she realized that giving her daughters the same freedom to play outside that she had enjoyed as a child in Sweden could quickly lead to a visit by Child Protective Services. 

Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.  In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world's birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species--by far the biggest birding year on record. This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, Noah gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us--and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.

Looking for a story about a high-stakes game with drama on and off the field? Try one of these.

A mysterious musical instrument sends star quarterback Matt back in the past to 1907, where he must play football for coach Pop Warner, while his twin friends in the present Iris and Arky discover a cache of secrets that might bring Matt back.

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob. When his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

Five reasons why choosing to read a biography will be a choice that will benefit you in many ways.

1.  They allow you to stand on the shoulders of giants. 

2.  They remind you that history repeats itself. 

3.  They promote self discovery.

4.  They allow you to see the world in new ways.

5.  They give you mentors at a distance.

Source:  Leadership & Learning with Kevin Eikenberry|05.17.2010

Grant by Ron Chernow

"Pulitzer Prize-winner and biographer of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller, Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most complicated generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age. These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments. A biographer at the height of his powers, Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency"--.

"With writing both brilliant and compassionate, this handsome volume features stunning examples of the artists' work, cementing their stature among the best artists of their day. Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face to be taken as seriously as men no matter what their chosen field"--.

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend."--Paul Sweeney


"Two FBI agents go undercover in the bureau's first wire-wearing operation, and end up befriending the charismatic con man they're charged with bringing down"--.

Also available in: e-book

A revolutionary new appraisal of the Old West and the America it made The open range cattle era lasted barely a quarter-century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades following the Civil War brought America its greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention of the assembly line, and the dawn of the conservation movement. It inspired legends, such as that icon of rugged individualism, the cowboy. Yet this extraordinary time and its import have remained unexamined for decades. Cattle Kingdom reveals the truth of how the West rose and fell, and how its legacy defines us today. The tale takes us from dust-choked cattle drives to the unlikely splendors of boomtowns like Abilene, Kansas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. We venture from the Texas Panhandle to the Dakota Badlands to the Chicago stockyards. We meet a diverse array of players--from the expert cowboy Teddy Blue to the failed rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt. Knowlton shows us how they and others like them could achieve so many outsized feats: killing millions of bison in a decade, building the first opera house on the open range, driving cattle by the thousand, and much more. Cattle Kingdom is a revelatory new view of the Old West.

The books featured below include stories of athletes who, either by choice or by circumstance, found themselves involved in one or more social issues of the day. If you're looking for children's books on the topic, check out the materials at end of the list. 

Check out the Michigan Senior Olympics 2017 being held in Oakland County, August 11-20. The Summer Games begin with an opening ceremony at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills on Friday August 11th and end with a Celebrations of Athletes Dinner August 17th.  A full list of games, times, and locations can be found on the Michigan Senior Olympics 2017 website under the “Summer Games” tab, and select “Schedules”.

Football season is upon us. Teams are reporting to camps this month and the next. Check out the sports material below to hold you over until College and NFL football starts!

Chronicles the top ten craziest plays in football history, from running to the wrong end zone to marching band members accidentally storming the field.

20 fun facts about football by Ryan Nagelhout

June 21st is Go out and Skate or Skateboard day! Have you always wanted to learn how to be a wheeled wonder? Grab a friend and head outside to a nice, paved trail or to your local roller skating rink!  Also we have some great books on skating and skateboarding, so be sure to check them out for inspiration. 

Longboarding by Mary-Lane Kamberg

Provides an overview of longboarding, which is a variation of skateboarding, offering advice on techniques, equipment, and safety.

Skateboarding by Kristen Rajczak

Introduces skateboarding by presenting historical information about the sport, discussing necessary equipment and techniques, and examining safety procedures.

The Rainbow Book List is created by a committee of the same name as part of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Each year, the committee reads and selects quality books "with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age." Check out these books from the 2017 list!

Big Bob, little Bob by James Howe

Little Bob likes books and dolls and quiet things, so when big Bob moves in next door with his trucks and balls and loud play it doesn't seem like they would have much in common, but they may still find a way to be friends.

Worm loves Worm by J. J Austrian

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

The French Open is the second major of the year in the tennis world and is held from mid-May to early June. The best players in the world flock to France for the tournament, many of them past winners and runner-ups. Before it starts, brush up on all things tennis by checking out the books below. 

Roger Federer by Anne K. Brown


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