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Ice Age Giants Indiana State Museum thru August 17

Ice Age Giants Indiana State Museum thru August 17

Here are some great opportunities to learn about mammoths and mastodons right here in Indiana:

Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and MastodonsStateMuseum

Exhibit at The Indiana State Museum: Nov. 16, 2013 – Aug. 17, 2014 Underneath Indiana’s soil lies a hidden graveyard of Ice Age giants. Entombed for thousands of years, the remains of these ancient elephants continue to be uncovered by Hoosiers across the state. The Indiana State Museum has been hard at work for decades – discovering, digging, studying and preserving the remains of mammoths, mastodons and other Ice Age animals.






Mastodon Skeleton at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Picture Books:It’s not often that you find the remains of a prehistoric animal right in your own backyard. That’s what happened on the Christensen farm, near Greenfield, Indiana, in 1976. As workers used machinery to create a pond, they accidentally scooped up the skull, teeth, and some rib bones of a mastodon. The mastodon is an extinct relative of the modern elephant that roamed the earth more than 10, 000 years ago. The bones were excavated by a cooperative effort of the IUPUI Department of Geology, the Indiana Amateur Archaeological Society and The Children’s Museum.

Picture Books:

Larry Gets Lost in Prehistoric Times A Mammoth in the Fridge Mammoth and Me Can I Bring Wooly to the Library Ms. Reeder? Me Want Pet!

Chapter Books:

The Chilly Mammoth Tusk the Mighty Mammoth Meet Mammoth Life With Mammoth The Mammoth Academy
Ice Age: Continental Drift Geronimo Stilton: The Great Ice Age Mites to Mastodons a Book of Animal Poems


Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time Wooly Mammoth Meet Mammoth Ice Age Giants Mastodon
Mammoths and Mastodons Woolly Mammoth Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones
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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Meet Leonardo the World’s Most Complete Mummified Dinosaur

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Meet Leonardo the World’s Most Complete Mummified Dinosaur




“Leonardo is a juvenile Brachylophosaurus canadensis, a type of Hadrosaur dinosaur. Hadrosaurs are more commonly known as “duckbills” because of their keratin beak. Hadrosaurs were plant-eating dinosaurs. The name “brachylophosaurus” means small crested lizard.  Leonardo is believed to have been about four years old when he took his last breath and collapsed into the water, which helped preserve him.  He was “only” 23 feet long and maybe two tons at the time of his death.

When this fossilized mummy was carefully unearthed from his grave in Malta, Montana in 2001, researchers had one of the first real looks at the skin, scales, foot pads, and even the stomach contents of the behemoths that roamed the planet 77 million years ago.” More from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis



Read Right Now! Free Dinosaur eBooks!

DinoMeet WeGiveBooksSmall ReadMeet the Dinosaurs – Small dinosaurs, huge dinosaurs, clever dinosaurs – which do you like best? Discover the dinosaurs’ lost world and share a wonderful adventure with young readers. (DK Readers Pre-Level 1)

DinoDig WeGiveBooksSmall ReadThe Dinosaur Dig – Travel to the Sahara Desert with Josh Smith, real-life archeologist, as he and his crew of intrepid dinosaur hunters face fierce sandstorms and, finally, the joy of discovering a new species of dinosaur!

DinoDetectives WeGiveBooksSmall ReadDinosaur Detectives – This introduction to paleontology weaves together facts about fossil hunting with fictionalized first-person accounts from dinosaur detectives.

Hadrosaur Artifacts:



Hadrosaur Egg  This is an egg from a duckbill dinosaur. It was unearthed in a remote region of China with hundreds of other eggs. Researchers had discovered a dinosaurnesting site! Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis More Artifacts





Hadrosaur Teeth The Edmontosaur is a well known member of the Hadrosaur (Duck-bill dinosaur) family. The diamond shape teeth of Edmontosaurs developed in groups calleddental batteries. These sharp teeth helped the dinosaur consume the fibrous plant materials that made up its diet. As teeth in the battery wore down, they fellout and were replaced by others. Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Hadrosuarus Duckbills and Boneheads Dinosaur Fossils Scaly, Spotted Feathered Frilled
You Can Draw Dinosaurs How to Draw Incredible Dinosaurs Origami Dinosaurs Let's Rock Origami


Hadrosaurus2 InsideOut Timeline
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Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Into th eWild

For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.

Jaheim says:

Its about cats that talk, become leaders, fight, love, and other cool things. If you read just one you’ll be amazed by the emotion put into every character THANKS!!!!!!!

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Grin and Bear It

Grin and Bear It

Grin and Bear It

Will stage fright prevent a very funny bear from becoming a stand-up comedian?

Have you ever wanted to do something, but were too afraid to try? Well Bear knows exactly what you are going through. Bear is a comedian who really wants to make his friends laugh. His jokes are hilarious, he does great in front of the mirror at home, and he is really cool. There is just one problem: Bear gets terrible stage fright. Can Bear get over his fears and make his own dreams come true? OR Will bear end up embarrassing himself in front of his friends? Find out by reading Grin and Bear It by Leo Landry.

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney - Spades Park Branch Library

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Dog Diaries – Secrets of the WOOF Society – Pike

Dog Diaries – Secrets of the WOOF Society – Pike

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society

At the first annual meeting of WOOF–Words of Our Friends–assorted dogs preserve their heritage by sharing tales of canines throughout history, including Abu, who ruled all of Egypt except for one pesky cat, and Zippy, who simply must find the squeaky toy.

Have you ever noticed how many dog books are sad? I decided to sniff out one that wasn’t, and dug up a dog story about dogs telling stories. The WOOF Society (Words of our Friends) have gotten together to share stories about dogs AND prove that they more much more than “sit” and “stay.” They begin their first meeting by reciting their motto, “Woof! Woof! Woof!” Then dogs begin to tell stories of other dogs. Jack, whose person is an archaeologist, tells the story of Abu, the dog who was the king of Egypt. Einstein, who is very smart, explains why dog names are so important. Mimi just gives dog tips (to get table food without begging, sit beside the baby). I cannot promise that nothing sad happens, but the dogs are all OK! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Recommended By: Doriene Smither – Pike Branch

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