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Staff Pick: You Are a Lion! And other Fun Yoga Poses

You Are a Lion! And other Fun Yoga Poses

Children pretend to be many different animals as they do various yoga poses.

Get ready to move with this colorful exploration of yoga poses through a child’s point of view. From beasts as mighty as lions, to the most delicate butterflies, Yoo’s simple, direct text and vibrant illustrations help children get in touch with their movements in a playful way. Animal noises are sure to accompany each page but by the end of the book, grown-ups are in for a peaceful surprise.

Recommended by:  Bethany Akerhielm, Outreach

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New Musical Stories

Katie’s Noisy Music This Old Band The ABC Animal Orchestra Bats in the Band Max and Zoe: The School Concert
Wheels on the Bus Man with the Violin Rat and Roach Rock On! Want to be in a band Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Read Right Now! MOTHER’S DAY

Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!

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Read My Mother is So Smart - Through the heartfelt words of a little boy awed by all the things his mom can do, this glowing celebration of mothers has a universal appeal that will make young readers everywhere want to share it with their own moms.

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Read Mommy Loves Me - Mommy kisses, and Mommy hugs. But what else does she do? This book, featuring heartwarming illustrations of baby animals spending time with their mommies, will make moms want to cuddle up and read with their young ones.

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Read Helping My Mom - A story about all of the things children do to help Mom out from folding socks to feeding the fish.

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Read Mommy Loves Me - Soft, warm, safe, strong - in our early years, Mommy is the center of our world. Celebrate the special bond between mom and child with this lovingly illustrated book.

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Read Llama Llama Misses Mama - It's Llama Llama's first day of preschool! And Llama Llama's mom makes sure he's ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it's time for Mama to leave

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Read Happy Mother's Day Dear Dragon

More FREE Online Reading:

New Mother's Day Books:

My mommy is magic Mom School Me and Mom I Love Mom Mom’s the Word
Davy Loves His Mommy A Mom for Umande Mom’s Are the Best!

Mother's Day Books:

I Love ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do…Because She Loves Me What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day Hero Mom I Want My Mom!
Where’s My Mommy? We Love Our Mom! Take Your Mama to Work Today There’s No One I Love Like You I Love You
Mama and Me Max and Zoe Celebrate Mother’s Day Gus Makes a Gift The Night Before Mother’s Day Mother’s Day Surprise
Hello, Mommy ZooBorns

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selections Services

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El Dia

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El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Here are programs at the library to celebrate El Dia as well as several books in Spanish you can read online right now!

Éstos son los programas en la biblioteca para celebrar El Día , así como varios libros en español puedes leer online en este momento !


2015WorldBilingualStorytime300 World of Families Bilingual Storytimes Families with small children are invited for a fun and interactive bilingual storytime that encourages literacy to all people in all languages. Each child will receive a free book at the end of the storytime, while supplies last. This program is made possible by gifts from the PNC Foundation and Friends of the Library to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Schedule
2015JoseLuisOrozcoConcert300 José-Luis Orozco: Concert for Children & Families Saturday, May 2, 2015 2pm Central Library Families and children are invited to a free performance by renowned bilingual children's musician and author José-Luis Orozco. They'll be able to sing, dance and celebrate Latin American culture at this interactive event. The first 100 children will receive a free book by José-Luis. This program is made possible by gifts from the PNC Foundation and Friends of the Library to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Schedule
2015ReadingAroundWorld300 Reading Around the World Preschoolers and families are invited to join Yurtfolk for an interactive hour of exploring music, stories and folk dance from around the globe. They'll sing in different languages and dance together as they learn about different cultures, literature and unique instruments. This program is made possible by gifts from the PNC Foundation and Friends of the Library to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Schedule


Tacos de Lodo WeGiveBooksSmall ¡Tacos de Lodo! - Marissa ama a su hermano mayor, Mario. Siempre sale con ideas divertidas. Mientras jugaban en el patio de su abuela, deciden hacer unos tacos de lodo. Eso le da a Mario una idea—que les parece unos tacos de verdad. Pronto se van a la tienda con Nana y sus primos Rosie y Chico.

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Staff Pick: Shark vs. Train

Shark vs. Train

A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.

Two boys choose their favorite toys from the toy box: a shark and a train. Now it's time for them to do battle-but who will win? It depends on the challenge. Eating pies? Shooting baskets? Playing a video game? It turns out that sharks and trains are good at very different things! Younger children will enjoy the detailed illustrations and simple text, while older children will laugh at the witty banter as the shark and the train battle with each other.

Recommended by: Casey O'Leary - Outreach


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April: Autism Awareness Month




Since We’re Friends David’s World Tomas Loves Every Turtle Counts My Autism Counts
Anthony Best I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism Armond Goes to a Party Russel's World I Know Someone With Autism
My Brother Sammy is Special

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Nuts About Books

There are over 250 different species of squirrels worldwide, which fall into three types – tree squirrels, ground squirrels, and flying squirrels.  Here are some squirrel reads to go nuts over!

New Books:

The Secret Life of Squirrels Aw, Nuts! Squirrel’s Busy Day The Winter Train The Squirrel and the Moon
Miss You Like Crazy Nutkin on the Run! Bob, Rob, Corn on the Cob Bruno and Lulu's Playground Adventure Bedtime at the Nut House

Other titles:

Scaredy Squirrel Ol’ Mama Squirrel Those Darn Squirrels fly south The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection Services

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Raising Lifelong Readers

Boys Read - Developing a new generation of literate men. It's not that boys can't read, it's that boys won't read. Their mission: transform boys into lifelong readers.

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Brightly: Helping Parents Grow Lifelong Readers - Connects kids with the right books at the right time to keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

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Digital Storytime - A site to help parents and educators find picture book apps for iPad. Detailed ratings and information are included for every app reviewed.

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FirstBook - First Book provides access to new books for children in need. Start reading and sharing beautiful stories with the children in your life with FirstBooks literacy partner WeGiveBooks at their free online library.

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Guys Read - Helping boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers - recommend books that guys have told them they like. "Our idea is to help guys become readers by helping them find texts they want to read."

In the Middle Books - Find series and online resources for kids ages 5-9, 7-10, and 8-12. Choose books by age or theme, get chapter excerpts, printable acitivity pages, videos, and more! From Simon & Schuster Publishing.

IndyPL Kids' Blog - Chapter to read next and homework help.

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IndyPL Read Right Now! eReading Room for Kids - Free online reading for kids, no waiting!

IndyPL Ready to Read Blog - Book suggestions and reading practice ideas for parents of children ages 0-5.

James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read - Helps parents and educators connect their children with the books that will turn them into lifelong readers.

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Jumpstart - Working toward the day every child in America enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed.

KidsReads - Ever craved a good book and just not been inspired by anything you see? Or wished you had a place to discover new books? KidsReads can help figure out what to read next.

Little eLit - Little eLit is a crowd-sourced, grass-roots learning network that works to develop promising practices for the incorporation of new media (eBooks, apps, video, etc.) into library collections, services and programs for families with young children.

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Little Free Library - Little Free Library's are "take a book, return a book" places where neighbors share their favorite books - anyone may stop by and pick up a book and bring back another book to share. This site provides a map of the US showing where registered little libraries are located.

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A Mighty Girl - Over 2,000 girl-empowering books starring stellar Mighty Girl characters.

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Reach Out and Read - Reach Out and Read is an organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children's books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.

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Reading is Fundamental (RIF) - Their vision is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading, to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life.

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Reading Rockets - Reading Rockets is a national literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

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The Stacks - Book and author news, games, videos and more from Scholastic Kids.

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Too Small to Fail or Pequeños y Valiosos - Activities to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five to help them prepare to succeed.

Unite for Literacy - Over 120 free picture books narrated in: Arabic, ASL, Burmese, Cherokee, Chinese, Cup'ik, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Karenni, Kekchi, Korean, Mopan, Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Q'anjob'al, Russian, Swetswana, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish & Vietnamese.

WeGiveBooks - We Give Books makes digital books available in an online library. Some books are available in español.

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Staff Pick: Monkey Colors

Monkey Colors

Meet twelve monkeys from around the world in this playful introduction to colors. Some monkeys are brown and some are red. Some have orange feet. One monkey even has a blue face, yellow cheeks, a red tail, and a white moustache.

This book has it all. It's a great nonfiction book with fantastic pictures, and sharing loads of colors and different kinds of monkeys. On the pages throughout the story the name of each type is given, then at the end of the book there is a glossary of sorts filled with more information about each one. This book is great as a read-aloud with younger children or those who are beginning to read on their own.

Recommended by: Mary Wirt - Pike Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Is There a Dog In This Book?

Can cats and dogs share the same turf? Revisit the age-old dilemma with a hide-and-seek romp among furry friends.

Is there a dog in this book review? Yes and three cats. Little red cat and blue cat are happy to welcome you to their book, but big yellow cat smells something else in the book. Could it be a dog? That would be the worst because dogs hate cats. Sure enough, a small purple dog is behind the sofa and the cats run and hide wherever they can – first the piano, then the closet. Little red cat is curious about the dog and reaches out to pet it. Love abounds and the other cats find the little dog is nice after all. The real trouble begins when you, the reader, are invited to hug the dog. Then it is the dog that is hiding. You must help the cats find their new friend. This interactive book has many creative flaps for the reader to manipulate and makes for a wonderful read aloud.

Recommended by:  Will Smither, Decatur Library

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