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Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels

Roller Girls

Keep an eye out each year in May for Free Comic Book Day. On that day IndyPL and Downtown Comics give away comic books at all indyPL branch locations on a first come, first serve basis, until supplies run out.

If you really like graphic novels & comics, listed below are some favorites you can read online, as eBooks or as traditional paper books. 

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Free Comics to Read Online:

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eBooks:

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Alamo All StarsArchie School DazeAttack of the Ninja FrogsAvatar the Last AirbenderBabymouse Goes for the GoldCalamity JackCaveboy DaveDog ManDork Diaries OMGGhostsJedi Academy Return of the PaduwanLast Kids on Earth Zombie ParadeLowriders from SpaceNoodleheads See the FutureOwly Flying LessonsPrince of the ElvesRocket and Groot Fight BackSHerlock HolmesSonic Kindred SpiritsThe Boxcar ChildrenThe Girl Who Owned a CityThe Secret of the SphinxThe Truth About StaceyThe Unbeatable Squirrel GirlWallace and Gromit Comic Strip Collection

Print Comic Books & Graphic Novels:

A Wrinkle in TimeEl DeafoRedwall the Graphic NovelThe Graveyard BookThe Lightning Thief Graphic NovelMiddle School the Worst Years of My LifeSunny Side UpRoller GirlsMissile MouseAmuletSmileZebrafishSecret Science AllianceCalvin and HobbesDiary of a Wimpy KidBig NateJoey FlyLunch LadyAmelia RulesCaptain UnderpantsRapunzel's RevengeInto the Volcano
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Happy Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day!

star-wars-readsToday, May 4th, is Star Wars Day – may the fourth be with you! You can also celebrate Star Wars Reads – an annual event in October that gets the whole country reading about the Star Wars Universe, all at the same time. But you don’t have to wait for a special day, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day. There are chapter books, graphic novels, craft books, pintables, activities and more to celebrate your favorite Star Wars characters.


eBooks:

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A New HopeDarth Vader and FriendsEdge of the GalaxyFinn and the First OrderJedi AcademyReturn of the Dark SideStar Wars AliensThe Adventures of C-3POThe Life and Legend of Obi Wan-KenobiThe Phantom Menace Storybook

eAudios:

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Return of the Jedi Beware the Power of the Dark SideRey's StoryThe Empire Strikes BackThe Force Awakens

Websites & Activities:

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Museum Artifacts:

Han Solo in CarboniteHan Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.

Millenium FalconStar Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to TCM Logo 150general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.


Fiction:

Skywalker Strikes Volume OneStar Wars Darth Vader Volume OneStar Wars Rebel HeroesVader Down Volume OneThe Princess and the ScoundrelJedi AcademyThe Strange Case of Origami YodaRebel ForceDark Horse ComicsBB-8 on the Run

Non-Fiction:

Star Wars Character EncyclopediaStar Wars Galactic MapsStar Wars the Force Awakens Incredible Cross-SectionsThe Force Awakens Visual DictionaryThe Amazing Book of Lego Star WarsThe Amazing Book of Star WarsStar Wars The Complete Visual DictionaryLego Star Wars the Visual DictionaryWho Are the JediStar Wars Rebels the Visual GuideThe Secret Life of DroidsBeware the SithStar Wars Incredible VehiclesStar Wars Complete VehiclesLego Star Wars in 100 ScenesLego Star Wars The Dark SideStar Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to KnowStar Wars Science Fair BookStar Wars Cook Book
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Amazing and True Animal Stories

Amazing and True Animal Stories

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that dogs are man’s best friend.Animal Stories When you read some of these books, you’ll discover that there are a lot of animals that have been man’s best friend as well as best friends to each other! Who would have thought that a deer and a dog or a dog and a duck could be friends?

Some of these animals just have the best life stories. Some are famous, like Koko the gorilla that learned Puppy Love True Stories of DevotionAmerican Sign Language. Or the 21 elephants that walked across the Brooklyn Bridge when it was built, just to prove it was safe! Or Eclipse, the dog in Seattle that learned how to catch the bus to the dog park all by himself!

Check out some of these books for amazing stories about some special members of the animal kingdom.


Unlikely Animal Friendships:

Tarra and BellaSuryia and RoscoeOwen and MzeeRickie and HenryOne Big Happy FamilyTwo BobbiesKate and PippinLenore Finds a FriendThe Tiger Cubs and the ChimpUnlikely Friendships The Leopard and the CowUnlikely Friendships The Dog and the PigletUnlikely Friendships The Monkey and the Dove

Loyal Friends to People:

Stubby the War DogFinding WinnieHachiko the True Story of a Loyal DogHelen Keller's Best Friend BelleEmi and the Rhinocerous ScientistLittle Dog LostKoko LoveJack and JillMidnightStep Right UpTuesday Takes Me ThereTuesday Tucks Me InRags Hero Dog of World War IDarling Mercy Dog of World War IFly Cher Ami FlyWar DogsNubsBunny the Brave War HorseHachiko WaitsDadblamed Union Army CowThe Donkey of Gallipoli

Amazing True Animal Stories:

Bob the Railway DogClara the True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled KingsDog on BoardDozer's RunElephants Can Paint TooHerbertEllie's Long WalkFaithful ElephantsElizabeth Queen of the SeasHope for WinterIvanThe Giraffe That Walked to ParisLily a True Story of CourageLooking for MizaOut of the WoodsQueenieSaving the Baghdad ZooShep Our Most Loyal DogStayJumbo the Most Famous Elephant in the WorldThe World's Greatest ElephantWonder HorseZeraffa Giraffa
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Earth Day – April 22nd

Earth Day – April 22nd

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. The day is meant to bring awareness to the importance of a clean sustainable environment. Last year, more than a billion people around the world celebrated Earth Day!

Did you know that you are doing something right now to celebrate Earth Day? You are using the library, where people have been reading, reducing, and reusing for centuries. Keep up the good work!

In honor of Earth Day, you can read books (fiction and non-fiction) about the care and keeping of the Earth.


Professor Noah's SpaceshipProfessor Noah’s Spaceship As the forest begins to change, the animals and birds, no longer happy there, fly away in Professor Noah’s amazing spaceship.


The LoraxThe Lorax – The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.


Big Bear Hug – Big Bear Hug presents an environmental story about a big bear who loves to hug everything until he meets a human who is about to chop down a tree and must make a decision on how to save his forest.


The Earth BookThe Earth Book – Simple text and illustrations show how children can help protect the Earth.


Kids Who Are Changing the WorldKids Who Are Changing the World – Profiles forty-five children around the world who are taking steps to help the environment through fund-raising, public demonstrations, and creating activist art, and includes suggestions on how readers can get involved.


Leaving Your MarkLeaving Your Mark – Human activity often leaves a trail of harmful carbon behind that directly impacts our planet. This informative book describes how every individual produces a “carbon footprint” by using energy made by burning fossil fuels and by creating waste from packaging that gets thrown away. Find out how to measure your own carbon footprint and see what effect you are having on Earth.


Sophie Bennett Saves the PlanetSophie Bennett Saves the Planet – Girl v the World is a funny, inspiring and heart-warming series about thirteen year-old girls taking on the world. Sophie Bennett is known for being kind of quirky. She cares about animals and the environment way more than the other kids at school do. But sometimes it’s hard being the one who always speaks up. Will Sophie ever fit in? Or is it better to stand out?


FlushFlush – With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.


A Bird on Water StreetA Bird on Water Street – A Bird on Water Street is a coming of age story about Jack, a boy growing up in a Southern Appalachian town environmentally devastated by a century of poor copper-mining practices and pollution. Jack is opposed to the mine where so many of his relatives have died, but how can he tell that to his Dad who wants him to follow in the family trade? Jack just wants his dad safe and the land returned to its pre-mining glory with trees, birds, frogs, and nature—like he’s learning about in school. After Jack’s uncle is killed in a mining accident and the Company implements a massive layoff, the union organizes and the miners go on strike. It seems Jack’s wish is coming true. But the cost may be the ruin of his home and everything he loves.


Bayou MagicBayou Magic – Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family’s magical legacy.


Me and Marvin GardensMe and Marvin Gardens – Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family’s once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing—but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.


Books recommended by: Kristen Williams, guest blogger and former Indianapolis school teacher.

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Happy 101st Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Happy 101st Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Beverly Cleary has been a presence in children’s literature since her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950, more than 65 years ago! Although her last book, Ramona’s World, was published in 1999, 18 years ago, long before any of her current readers like you were born, she has continued to inspire generations of us to fall in love with Ramona, Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

During her long career, she has been honored with a Newbery Medal (Dear Mr. Henshaw, 1984), 2 Newbery honors (Ramona and Her Father, 1978; Ramona Quimby, Age 8, 1982), the National Book Award (Ramona and Her Mother, 1981), among many accolades, and was recognized with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal (1975) for “a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

Her birthday, April 12, is recognized as National Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R). So on this day give Beverly the gift she wants for her birthday, a gift that is for you too! Drop everything and READ!

Read Right Now! Download & Stream for Kids

Websites:

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Favorite Series from Beverly Clearly:

Henry Huggins 1. Henry Huggins
2. Henry & Beezus
3. Henry & Ribsy
4. Henry & the Paper Route
5. Henry & the Clubhouse
6. Ribsy
Beezus and Ramona 1. Beezus & Ramona
2. Ramona the Pest
3. Ramona the Brave
4. Ramona & Her Father
5. Ramona & Her Mother
6. Ramona Quimby, Age 8
7. Ramona Forever
8. Ramona’s World
The Mouse and the Motorcycle 1. The Mouse & the Motorcycle
2. Runaway Ralph
3. Ralph S. Mouse
Dear Mr Henshaw 1. Dear Mr. Henshaw
2. Strider
Ellen Tebbits 1. Ellen Tebbits
2. Otis Spofford
Emilys Runaway Imagination 1. Emily’s Runaway Imagination
2. Mitch & Amy
3. Socks
4. Muggie Maggie
FIfteen 1. Fifteen
2. The Luckiest Girl
3. Jean & Johnny
4. Sister of the Bride

One Rainy Sunday Beverly Cleary Quote

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