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Mighty Girl Story: Fancy Nancy, Bonjour Butterfly

Listen to author Jane O’Connor read Fancy Nancy Bonjour Butterfly – Nancy is furious when she cannot go to her friend Bree’s butterfly-themed birthday party, but her family’s outing might just be extraordinary enough to make her feel better.


“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project

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Mighty Girl Story: Veterinarian

VeterinarianLogos “Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project


“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project

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Mighty Girl Story: Brave Irene

Brave Irene

Listen to Al Gore read Brave Irene – Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker’s daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn’t feeling so well and can’t possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she’s made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that’s brewing– quite an errand for a little girl.


“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project


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eBook Read Alongs from Overdrive

Read Along Stories play like a movie. They look like the sample shown here. The words to the story appear on the screen as it is being read aloud. As each word is pronounced, it is highlighted.

Read Along Stories are great reading practice! Plus, they are great for car trips because you can check out several to your device and change them out when you want new ones.

Click on a book jacket below to get started!


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Aladdin Read Along StorybookBambi Read Along StorybookBeauty and the Beast Read Along StorybookCars Read Along StorybookCatch CatwomanFrozen Read Along StorybookThe Good Dinosaur Read Along StorybookIf I Ran the ZooInside Out Read Aloud StorybookLady and the Tramp Read Along StorybookThe Lion King Read Along StorybookThe Little Mermaid Read Along StorybookMonsters Inc. Read Aloud StorybookPeter Pan Read Aloud StorybookR is for RocketRichard Scarry's Bedtime StoriesRiddle Me ThisScrambled Eggs SuperStar Wars a New Hope Read AlongThese Are the X-Men

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DIY Birthday Party: Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford Party HatEmily ElizabethBook characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. Clifford the Big Red Dog is always a hit! Below you will find everything you need to plan a fun Clifford Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.

For our Clifford Party we looked at these sources of fun and picked our very favorites. You can follow our plan or mix and match activities that make sense to you and your birthday kid. Have fun!

Websites:


Invitations:

To get your party started, click and print this handy checklist and then the invitation of your choice, full color or fill in your own details!

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Decorations:

Clifford Ears, Party Hat & Balloon Tags to cut out and color.

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Party Activities:

1. Greeting Guests Music & Coloring Activity Pass out paper and crayons so that kids can color or learn to draw cliffordwhile they wait for other guests to arrive.15-20 min

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2. Game Pin the Dog Tag on Clifford; Printable: Large Clifford and Tags 10 min

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3. Read Aloud Read Clifford’s Birthday Party or the birthday boy/girl’s favorite Clifford book. List of Clifford Library Books 10 min

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Clifford Books to Read Online:

4. Music Craft – Make Crazy Instruments and Sing Along! 15 min

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5. Game Clifford Hot Dog Game (Like Hot Potato) 15 min

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6. Take a Group Photo or Individual Photo of Each Guest (Print copies while guests are eating cake. If you have time, attach the picture to the frame guests colored during the greeting time. If you don’t have time, add the frame and photo to their take home bags!) 5 min (Print for each guest.)

Clifford Frame

7. Cake/Food Sing and eat cake 10-15 min

8. Games Clifford Paws Scavenger Hunt 15-20 min

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9. Video During Pickup Time Clifford the Big Red Dog Tummy Trouble

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10. Take Home Bags and Say Goodbye 10-15 min

You can make a printed Clifford Activity book for guests to take home. Follow these links to printable pages. Add your own small favors or treats.

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Thank You Notes:


Books:

Clifford the Big Red DogClifford at the CircusClifford Gets a JobClifford Takes a TripClifford’s Good DeedsClifford’s Good DeedsThe Clifford CollectionClifford the Small Red PuppyClifford’s Puppy DaysClifford, We Love You

DVDs:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Big, big CollectionDog Days of Summer

eBooks:

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DIY Birthday Party: Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the HatThing 1 Thing 2 150Book characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. The Cat in the Hat is always a hit! Below you will find everything you need to plan a fun Cat in the Hat Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.

For our Cat in the Hat Party we looked at these sources of fun and picked our very favorites. You can follow our plan or mix and match activities that make sense to you and your birthday kid. Have fun!

Websites:


Invitations:

To get your party started, click and print this handy checklist and then the invitation of your choice, full color or fill in your own details!

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Decorations:

Horton Ears or Paper Plate Cat in the Hat Party Hats to print and color.

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Party Activities:

1. Greeting Guests Music & Coloring Activity 15-20 min

2. Game 10 min

3. Read Aloud 10 min

4. Music Craft – Make Crazy Seussical Instruments and Sing Along! 15 min

5. Game 15 min

6. Take a Group Photo or Individual Photo of Each Guest (Print copies while guests are eating cake. If you have time, attach the picture to the frame guests colored during the greeting time. If you don’t have time, add the frame and photo to their take home bags!) 5 min (Print for each guest.)

7. Cake/Food Sing and eat cake 10-15 min

8. Games 15-2o min

9. Videos During Pickup Time

    Cat Video

  • Seussville Videos
  • PBS Kids The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That Videos

10. Take Home Bags and Say Goodbye 10-15 min

You can make a printed Cat in the Hat Activity book for guests to take home. Follow these links to printable pages. Add your own small favors or treats.

Birthday Cake MazeHorton Connect the DotsFinger PuppetsSpot the Difference

Thank You Notes:


Books:

List of Dr. Seuss Library Books to check out.


DIY Book Character Birthday Parties & Printables

Book characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. On these pages you will find everything you need to plan a fun book character Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.

4 indyPL Ready to Read Book Character Birthday Parties:

Everything you need from invitations to thank you notes!

DIY Arthur Birthday Party DIY Cat in the Hat Birthday Party
DIY Curious George Birthday Party DIY Clifford Birthday Party

More Book Character Printables for Making Your Own DIY Book Character Birthday Party:

Amelia Bedelia

Arnie the Doughnut

Arthur

Audrey Wood (The Napping House; King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub)

Axel the Truck

Babymouse 

Bad Kitty

The Berenstain Bears

Biscuit

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

Charlie the Ranch Dog

Clark the Shark

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Corduroy

Curious George

Danny and the Dinosaur

The Day the Crayons Quit

Digger the Dinosaur

Doreen Cronin (Click Clack Moo)

Dr. Suess

Eric Carle

Fancy Nancy

Ferdinand

Flat Stanley

Frog and Toad

Froggy

Go Dog Go

Guess How Much I Love You

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harriet the Spy

Interrupting Chicken

Jack Prelutsky (A Pizze the Size of the Sun, New Kid on the Block, My Dog May Be a Genius)

Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat)

Junie B. Jones

Kevin Henkes (Chrysanthemum, Owen, Lilly)

Ladybug Girl

Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Cat a Cupcake, Pig a Party)

Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick)

Library Lion

Little Bear

Little Golden Books

Little Critter

Little Pookie

Llama Llama

Lunch Lady

Madeline

Maisy

Make Way for Ducklings

Max & Ruby

Mercy Watson

Mia

Mo Willems (Pigeon, Elephant & Pig, Knuffle Bunny)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Nate the Great

Ninja!

Olivia the Pig

Pat the Bunny

Peg & Cat

Peppa Pig

Pete the Cat

Pinkalicious

Richard Scarry

Rocket the dog

Sesame Street

Shel Silverstein

The Snowy Day

Splat the Cat

Spot

Superman

Tacky the Penguin

Thomas the Tank Engine

The Very  Hungry Caterpillar

Where the Wild Things Are

Where’s Waldo?

You’re a Bear

Zita the Space Girl


Publisher Index Pages for Activity Guides:

Read Right Now! DOCTOR

FREE Online eBooks about Doctors:

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DIY Birthday Party: Curious George

Curious George CakeCurious George BooksBook characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. Curious George is always a hit! Below you will find everything you need to plan a fun Curious George Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.

For our Curious George Party we looked at these sources of fun and picked our very favorites. You can follow our plan or mix and match activities that make sense to you and your birthday kid. Have fun!

Websites:


Invitations:

To get your party started, click and print a handy checklist and invitation of your choice – print in color or color yourself.

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Decorations:

Curious George Mask or Party Hats to print and color.

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Party Activities:

1. Greeting Guests Music & Coloring/Craft Activity 15-20 min Provide printable coloring pages & crayons/markers or paper for origami or learning to draw George step-by-step. Providing newspaper for the paper boats is even better – just like George! Print the picture frame on card stock for the kids to color. Make sure each child writes his/her name on it!

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2. Game 10 min Printable: Hundley’s Tummy Bingo

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3. Read Aloud 10 min Read Curious George’s Birthday Surprise or the birthday boy/girl’s favorite Curious George book. List of Curious George Library Books

Curious George and the Birthday Surprise

4. Music Craft – Make a Curious George Tambourine and Sing Along! 15 min

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5. Game 15 min Act Like an Animal

Act Like an Animal

6. Take a Group Photo or Individual Photo of Each Guest (Print copies while guests are eating cake. If you have time, attach the picture to the frame guests colored during the greeting time. If you don’t have time, add the frame and photo to their take home bags!) 5 min (Print for each guest.)

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7. Cake/Food Sing and eat cake 10-15 min

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8. Games 15-2o min Printable: Butterfly Hide-and-Seek

Butterfly Hide and Seek

9. Videos During Pickup Time

Curious George Rides a Bike

10. Take Home Bags and Say Goodbye 10-15 min

You can make a printed Curious George Activity book for guests to take home. Follow these links to printable pages. Add your own small favors or treats.

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Thank You Notes:

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Books:

List of Curious George Library Books to check out.


Read Right Now! Favorite Characters

Berenstain Bears

  • Free Online eBooks The Berenstain Bears Soccer Star & The Berenstain Bears to the Rescue
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  • Printables & Activities

Clifford the Big Red Dog

  • Free Online eBooks Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • More eBooks to check out with your library card
  • Printables & Activities

Dr. Seuss

  • Free Online Video Read Alouds of The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss on the Loose & How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • More eBooks to check out with your library card
  • Printables & Activities

Garfield

  • Free Online eBooks including Garfield on the Farm & Jon’s Bad Day
  • More eBooks to check out with your library card
  • Printables & Activities

Pete the Cat

  • Free Online eBooks Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses & Pete the Cat and the New Guy
  • More eBooks to check out with your library card
  • Printables & Activities

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