Get creative this summer with these colorful selections

In summers past the Bluffton Branch has been home to mysterious creatures, bugs, circus animals and a plethora of other things -- you can't get more creative than a children's room during the annual summer reading program! But this year, things are getting even more creative -- after all, that's this summer's theme:"Be Creative @ Your Library."The following titles should help you get into the "creative" mood before you come into the library to sign up for summer reading.

Carmine: A Little More Red By Melissa Sweet

You know Carmine -- the little girl with the red riding hood who likes to go see her Granny? Well, in this book she's a little more creative than in the original tale. Not only does she paint along the way to Granny's, she writes haiku as well. (This book also contains the recipe for Granny's alphabet soup.)

Milli, Jack, and the Dancing Cat By Stephen Michael

King Milli is the shoemaker in her town. She makes nice, plain, black and brown shoes.Everyone can depend on her for dependable shoes, but few of them know the other things that she can make, wonderful things like purple satin slippers with bells and musical instruments that make music that no one has heard before.

Tackylocks and the Three Bears By Helen Lester, with illustrations by Lynn Munsinger

Tacky has always been a slightly different kind of bird -- a little, shall we say, creative with the rules. But he gives a whole new meaning to "creative" when he tries to join the cast of a penguin production of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." As always though, Tacky manages not only to find a place for himself but also to inspire others with his creativity.

There's Always Room for One More By Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Beaver is proud of his new boat and really wants to take his friends for a ride -- that is, until they laugh at him and inform him that it's just a bit too small for them.Beaver doesn't get mad, however. He gets creative and builds one that he just knows will hold everybody.

M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet By David Domeniconi with illustrations by Will Bullas

M is definitely not for "musty" -- at least not in this book. Art is examined through alphabetical entries, but things are a little more complex than usual. Sure, "A" is for "art," but then the letters begin to represent myriad concepts and styles.