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Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

Roald Dahl 100 Cake


Born on September 13, 1916, today marks Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! With a writing career that spanned more than 30 years, Dahl’s books are cherished favorites. Choose one and settle in for an amazing adventure!



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the great glass elevator. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Missing Golden Ticket The Missing Golden Ticket – Presents a series of anecdotes from the English author’s early life and writing experiences, in a text that includes a chapter that was not included in the author’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Print, eBook
Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory – Explores the lasting legacy of Roald Dahl’s popular book, examining the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations. Print
James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach – A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The BFG The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and it’s lucky for Sophie that he is. If she had been carried off by any of the other giants she would have been breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are headed to England to steal some little children, she and the BFG decide they must stop them once and for all. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Matilda Matilda – Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Witches The Witches – A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox – Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Danny the Champion of the World Danny, the Champion of the World – A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Twits The Twits – The misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
George's Marvelous Medicine George’s Marvelous Medicine – George decides that his grumpy, selfish old grandmother must be a witch and concocts some marvelous medicine to take care of her. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Enormous Crocodile The Enormous Crocodile – The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors. Print
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me The Giraffe, and the Pelly & Me – A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true. Print
The Magic Finger The Magic Finger – Angered by a neighboring family’s sport hunting, an eight-year-old girl turns her magic finger on them. Print, eBook, eAudio
Esio Trot Esio Trot – Old Mr. Hoppy, a shy and lonely man with a secret unrequited love for Mrs. Silver, tries to think of a way to win her attention away from her beloved pet turtle. Print
The Minpins The Minpins – Ignoring warnings against it, little Billy enters the Forest of Sins, only to be pursued by the fearsome Grinder, a creature who chases him high up an ancient tree, where he encounters a city of tree-dwelling, matchstick-sized people. Print, eAudio
Revolting Rhymes Revolting Rhymes – Humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after. Print, eAudio
Dirty Beasts Dirty Beasts – Roald Dahl’s inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl’s animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for reading aloud and makes Quentin Blake’s celebrated illustrations even more enjoyable. Print, eBook
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Dahl read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story,” Dahl writes. “It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton. Print
Roald Dahl's Mischief and Mayhem Roald Dahl’s Mischief & Mayhem – Offers step-by-step instructions for pranks and tricks, along with jokes, quizzes, and excerpts from such Dahl classics as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Witches.” Print, eBook
Boy Tales of Childhood Boy: Tales of Childhood – Presents humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood, including his summer vacations in Norway and life at an English boarding school. Print, eBook, eAudio
Going Solo Going Solo – As a young man working in East Africa for the Shell Company, Roald Dahl recounts his adventures living in the jungle and later flying a fighter plane in World War II. Print, eBook, eAudio
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & Six More – An account of how the author came to be a writer and selections from his writer’s notebook augment stories juxtaposing fantasy and truth, and peopled with outrageous and courageous characters. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio

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Fantastic Mr. Dahl


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Treasured Reads from 1964 – 52 Years Old This Year

Treasured Reads from 1964 – 52 Years Old This Year

In 1964, Lucky Charms first appeared on the shelves in grocery stores, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Mary Poppins premiered at the movies.  It was also a year which saw the release of a crop of children’s books.  Here are 9 titles  which of have stood the test of time and celebrated 50 years in 2014 as treasured reads.

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Across Five Aprils_1 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_1 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flat Stanley_1
Harriet the Spy Mountain Top Mystery_1 Ribsy Shadow of a Bull_1
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Staff Pick: Far Out Fairy Tales

Staff Pick: Far Out Fairy Tales

Far Out Fairy Tales

A compilation of five previously published fairy tales, twisted, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format.

Sean Tulien delivers five far out takes in this colorful and fun book that breathes new life into classic fairy tales. Classic Tales with Modern Twists presents Far Out Fairy Tales. Sneak along with Ninja-rella as she protects the Prince! Red Riding Hood Superhero takes on the Big Bad Wolf to save President Grandma from the destructive Big Bad Wolf-Bot! A splash of Sci-Fi brings you Snow White and the Seven Robots. Inspire young kids to read with this colorful book of tales that takes them on wonderful adventures. Each story has a summary after it with interesting facts and history about the fairy tale. It also compares the differences between the original and the new story. Help kids that don’t care for fairy tales to discover how much fun they can be.

Recommended by: Jason Walters – Brightwood Branch

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Andrew Luck Book Club Pick: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Andrew Luck Book Club Pick: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen


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“Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is en route to spending the summer with his father when the pilot of the single engine plane in which he is flying has a heart attack. The plane crashes in a lake in the Canadian wilderness, leaving Brian alone in the woods with nothing but the clothes on his back and a hatchet that his mother had given him. During the 54 days that Brian lives in the wilderness, he learns to read nature, conquer his fears, rely on his own ingenuity, and deal with the haunting secret that caused his parents’ recent divorce. He comes of age in the woods, but in ways he never expected. He is no longer angry at his parents, and he realizes that self-pity has no positive effect on life. He is a survivor, and that is what makes him a man.” ~

When you’re talking survival you’re talking many different things. Can you read a map? Can you use a compass? Could you find food in the woods? How about bears…do you know how to keep one from attacking you? You live in Indiana, do you know how to keep yourself safe during tornadoes? These books will show you all the skills you need to survive all kinds of anxious situations. You can even learn how to protect yourself from piranhas…not a likely attack…but good to know!



The Boys Book of Outdoor Survival The Boys Book of Surival Using Math to Survive in the Wild I Survived True Stories
Can You Survive in the Jungle? Defying Death in the Desert I Survived Nature Attacks Everest You Decide How to Survive
How to Survive in Antarctica Left for Dead! Survive Alive Finding Your Way Survivor Kid Wilderness Survival
True Mountain Rescue Stories True Wilderness Rescue Stories The World's Most Amazing Survival Stories

And while you’re getting your own skills up to par try some of these survival stories that put characters to the test.  Put yourself in their place. Could YOU do it? For me…dangling from rock outcroppings, dodging poisonous lizards, eating spiders…no! Living in the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse…yes!

Alabama Moon Call it Courage The Girl Who Owned a City The Cay
Hatchet Holes Island of the Blue Dolphins Julie of the Wolves
My Side of the Mountain Poppy Robinson Crusoe Sign of the Beaver
Marooned Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World The Swiss Family Robinson True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
A Girl Named Disaster A Long Walk to Water Night of the Howling Dogs Small as an Elephant

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
TCM Turtles
TCM Logo 150The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Secrets of the Sewer
Sept. 26, 2015–April 10, 2016
A turtle-y awesome exhibit designed for fun-lovers of all ages!  Details

Websites & Activities:

How to Draw TMNT Learn to Draw the Best of Nickelodeon TMNT Coloring TMNT Maze


TMNT Theme Song

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The Big Book of Ninja Turtles jP Picture Books:

Pizza Party jZ Early Readers:

TMNT jE & j Chapter Books:

TMNJ New Animated Adventures 1 Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures Graphic Novels

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Adventures Vol 1 Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Graphic Novels

Never Say Xever From the Hit TV Series Graphic Novels

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Crimefighter Collection More eBooks:

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