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18Mar/150

Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award – Vote Now!

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Every child in Indiana, aged 0-5, may vote one time for the Indiana Early
Literacy Firefly Award. They will need to work with a parent, a librarian, a
teacher, a babysitter or other caregiver adult.

  • Print a Ballot
  • Circle one of the titles
  • Turn the Ballot in to your local Public Library or voting location.
  • The last day to vote is May 10, 2015.

Libraries will then email their totals to the Indiana Center for the Book.


Nominated Titles:

Tap the Magic Tree The Legend of the Blue Bonnet Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy Count the Monkeys
Mix It Up Tiptoe Joe Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons Pouch
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10Mar/150

A Mighty Girl Playlist – Free with Your Library Card!

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The website A Mighty Girl is an outstanding collection of books, toys, music and movies "for smart, confident, and courageous girls."

A Mighty Girl’s music section features more than 100 girl-empowering songs in a wide range of genres for all ages of Mighty Girls. You can also filter the collection by recommended age, genre, and theme. Each song description has a 'Note to Parents' to help you get the right song to your mighty girl at the right time.

Below is the playlist of Mighty Girl Music (as of today, they will continue to build the list, so keep checking it for new ones.) It is a great place to start for making a playlist for your own Mighty Girl.

Remember you can download 5 FREE songs a week with your library card from The library’s Freegal music catalog. In the list, the songs that are available from Freegal are in bold. Download 5 today and add the rest to your wishlist to make it easy to grab 5 more songs each week.

By May you will have a list of power songs for girls - a great soundtrack for the summer!

*32 Flavors Ani DiFranco
A Mother's Love Mark Masri
*A Sorta Fairytale Tori Amos
*Ain't got No/I Got Life Nina Simone
Almost There The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack
Amelia Almost 13 Carrie Newcomer
*Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun
*Atalanta from Free to Be You and Me
B*tch bad Lupe Fiasco
*Beautiful Christina Aguilera
Born This Way Lady Gaga
*Brave Sara Bareilles
*Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
Build a Levee Natalie Merchant
*Butterfly Kisses Bob Carlisle
*Child of Mine Carol King
Come Over to My Dollhouse Lunch Money
*Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Courage Beauty form Pain 1.1
*Crucify Tori Amos
*Daddy Byonce Knowles
Defying Gravity Idina Menzel
Do My Thing Estelle
Everything Alanis Morissette
*Father and Daughter Paul Simon
*Feeling Good Nina Simone
*Fighter Christina Aguilera
Firework Katy Perry
Fixing Her Hair Ani DiFranco
Fly to Your Heart Selena Gomez
Free to Be You and Me The New Seekers
Future Man, Future Lady Ziggy Marley
Get Up Superchick
Girl Tori Amos
*Girl Disappearing Tori Amos
Girl in a Country Song Maddie and Tae
*Girl On Fire Alicia Keyes
*Girl Shanty Sons of the Never Wrong
Girls With Guitars Wynonna Judd
Gold Rush Brides Natalie Merchant
Good Mother Jann Arden
Gotta Be Me Secret Anget 23 Skidoo
Gotta Be You Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
*Hammer and Nail Indigo Girls
Hands Jewell
Headstrong 10,000 Maniacs
Heroes Ann Reed
Hey Hey Superchick
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar
How You've Grown 10,000 Maniacs
I Am NOt My Hair India Arie
*I Am Woman Helen Reddy
I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack
*I'm Coming Out Diana Ross
*I'm Every Woman Whitney Houston
*I'm Going to Live the Life Mahalia Jackson
I'm Gonna Be An Engineer Peggy Seeger
*I'm Not Perfect Laurie Berkner
I'm Ready Kim Possible Soundtrack
*In My Daughter's Eyes Martina McBride
In Or Out Ani DiFranco
*Independent Women Destiny's Child
Intuition Jewell
It's Amazing Jem
Joyful Girl Ani DiFranco
Julie Through the Glass Carly Simon
Jump Miss Melodee
Just a Girl No Doubt
Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars
Learn Me Right Brave Soundtrack
*Least omplicated Indigo Girls
Let It Go Frozen Soundtrack
Let It Grow Ester Dean
Let Your Heart Sing Katherine McPhee
*Love Song Sara Bareilles
Mean Taylor Swift
*Mean Girls Rachel Crow
*More Beautiful You Jonny Diaz
My Little Girl Tim McGraw
No Man's Woman Sinead O'Connor
Not a Pretty Girl Ani DiFranco
One and Lonely Superchick
Overrated Ashely Tisdale
Part of Me Katy Perry
Pearl Katy Perry
*People Like Us Kelly Clarkson
*Perfect Pink
*Perfect Girl Sarah McLachlan
*Proud Heather Small
*Respect Aretha Franklin
*Right as Rain Adele
Roar Katy Perry
Rock What You Got Superchick
Science Fair (Album)
She's Not Just a Pretty Face Shania Twain
*Silent All These Years Tori Amos
*Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves Eurythmics
Skipping Eddie Vedder
Stand in the Rain Superchick
Strong Women Meg Braun
*Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) Kelly Clarkson
*Stupid Girls Pink
*Superwoman Alicia Keyes
*Survivor Destiny's Child
Tell It Like It Is Tracy Chapman
Tell Yourself Natalie Merchant
*Thank God for Kids Kenny Chesney
*Thank U Alanis Morrisette
That I Would Be Good Alanis Morrisette
The Climb Miley Cyrus
The Emperor's New Clothes Sinead O'Connor
*The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston
*The Long Way Around Dixie Chicks
The Middle Jimmy Eat World
The Princess Who Saved Herself Jonathan Coulton
*The Voice Within Christina Aguilera
*The Wood song Indigo Girls
*This One's For the Girls Martina McBride
Tomboy in a Princess Dress Suzi Shelton
Tomboy Princess Meg Braun
Touch the Sky Julie Fowlis Brave Soundtrack
*True Colors Cyndi Lauper
Try Colbie Caillet
Typical Girl Cheri Magill
*Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield
Video India Arie
What I Am Edie Brickell
*When I Was a Boy Dar Williams
Who I Am Jessica Andrews
Who Says Selena Gomez
Who's That Girl Robyn
Whole Wide World Mindy Gledhill
*Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
Wild One Faith Hill
Willing to Fight Ani DiFranco
*Wonder Natalie Merchant
*You Gotta Be Desree
*You're Aging Well Dar Williams

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4Mar/150

World Read Aloud Day

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Today is World Read Aloud Day!

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4Mar/150

Reading Programs All Year Long

Below are several reading programs you can participate in at home to encourage year-round reading and even earn prizes. You can visit any IndyPL library location to checkout books or you can Read Right Now! by visiting our eReading Room for Kids - free eBooks you can read from your device at home, no waiting!

Give Me 20 2015
Book It Fancy Nancy Give Me 20 Reading Challenge
March 2 - April 24, 2015
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.
  • Online Registration Form.

Sylvan Book Adventure
Sylvan Book Adventure
Ongoing
  • Read, click, and win with Book Adventure – a free, motivational reading program available to children in grades K-8.
  • Register Now

Chuck E Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar
Ongoing, Offer expires 12/31/15
  • Print the Reading Rewards calendar, mark it for reading every day for 2 weeks.
  • Take it to a Chuck E. Cheese location to get 10 FREE tokens. Child(ren) must be present to redeem. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required.
  • Printable Calendar

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D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read
April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday (but can by anytime!)
  •  D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?

FreeComicBookDay
Free Comic Book Day
May 2, 2015
  • Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America (including IndyPL Library Locations!) and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!

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We Give Books Read for My Summer
2015 Summer Dates TBA
  • Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program. Each week we highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org.
  • Remember, you can keep reading online all year in the We Give Books free online library.

Pizza Hut Book It
Pizza Hut Book It at Home
Annually October 2015 - March 2016
  • Set a reading goal for each child. As soon as a child meets the monthly reading goal, recognize him or her with a Reading Award Certificate.
  • Online Form at Home Pledge.

StarWarsReadsDay
Star Wars Reads Day
2015 Date TBA (Typically October)
  • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.
  • 2014 Star Wars Reads Day Activity Kit

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We Give Books Jump Start Read for the Record
2015 Fall Date TBA (Typically October)
  • Read for the Record mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On this day people across the country united to read a children's book.
  • Remember, you can keep reading online all year in the We Give Books free online library.

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We Give Books Wrestle Mania Reading Challenge
2016 Winter Dates TBA (Typically January - February)
  • The WrestleMania Reading Challenge, presented by WWE, We Give Books, and First Book, is an annual online contest designed to get kids excited about reading and writing. Students ages 4-18 read online with a WWE Superstar reading buddy or write to a WWE Superstar pen pal for the chance to win fantastic prizes.
  • Remember, you can keep reading online all year in the We Give Books free online library.

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World Read Aloud Day
March 2, 2016 (always the first Wednesday in March)
  • Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
  • Download the 2015 World Read Aloud Day Picture Book: New Day, New Friends
  • Download Family Packet

Print
World Book Day
2016 Date TBA (Typically March)
  • To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – there are a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion guides and free eBooks.

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National Education Association: Read Across America Day
2016 Date TBA (Typically March)
  • The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
  • Take the Read Across America Pledge

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
May 4-September 4 , 2015
  • Free online reading program for children.
  • Virtual badges, stories, games, book lists, activities & prizes.

Barns and Noble Summer Reading
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination's Destination
May 19th and September 7th, 2015
  • Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal.
  • Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
  • Choose a FREE BOOK.

Spark Your Greatness
Book It! Spark Your Greatness Summer Reading Challenge
June 1-TBA , 2015
  • Once your child reads five books they will be eligible for a chance to win a prize!

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IndyPL Summer Reading Program
2015 Dates TBA
  • Earn points for every book you read.
  • Exchange points for FREE prizes.

Feed Your Brain
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
2015 Summer Dates TBA
  • Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning."
  • Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  • Once you've read 300 minutes, turn in your complete log to earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month.
  • One top ready per age group award each month with a Top Reader price - a $20 HPB Gift Card.
  • Printable Reading Log
  • Reading Certificate

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Books-a-Million Summer Reading Program
2015 Summer Dates TBA
  • Read 6 books from their summer reading list.
  • Have a parent or guardian sign and verify the completed form.
  • Return the form to your local Books-a-Million store to receive a prize.

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2Mar/150

Read Right Now! Dr. Seuss

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


GreenEggs BarnesNobleSmall Listen to Green Eggs and Ham - Sam-I-Am tries to persuade his friend to try green eggs and ham

Dr Seuss on the Loose 150 World Book Day 75 Read Dr. Seuss on the LooseA collection of rhymes from the master of verse.

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Listen to Dateline's Keith Morrison Reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.

More FREE Online Reading:

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17Dec/140

Read Right Now!: Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Norman Bridwell, Creator of ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Books has died. Mr. Bridwell was 86. "Norman Ray Bridwell was born in Kokomo, Ind., on Feb. 15, 1928. His father, Vern, was a factory worker; his mother, Leona, was a homemaker. Norman drew from an early age and after high school studied at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis (now the Herron School of Art and Design, a part of Indiana University) and at Cooper Union in New York." From: New York Times: Norman Bridwell Obituary

Read Right Now!

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


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Read and listen along to these stories about Clifford the Big Red Dog:


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Read Cleo's Fair Share - When Mrs. Diller gives Cleo a toy for being a good dog, she doesn't WANT to share - even with T-Bone and Clifford!

MORE Read Right Now!:

Websites:

Books:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Clifford at the Circus Clifford Gets a Job Clifford Takes a Trip Clifford’s Good Deeds
Clifford’s Good Deeds The Clifford Collection Clifford the Small Red Puppy Clifford’s Puppy Days Clifford, We Love You

Clifford DVDs:

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

eBooks:

eAudio:

Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding

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9Dec/140

On My Way Pre-K Free Pre-Kindergarten

Indiana’s Office of Early Education and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) is now accepting applications from families for free high-quality, prekindergarten education through the On My Way Pre-K program starting in January of 2015.  Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2014. Call 317 545-5281 or 866 287-2420 to apply. For more details, including eligibility requirements, or to apply online, go to http://www.in.gov/fssa/4932.htm.

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4Dec/140

Holiday Gift Picks for Kids from IndyPL Librarians

Picture Book Picks:

The Book With No PicturesKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You SeeEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
NocturneShellie Rich,
Central Library
Stop Snoring BernardJoe Fox,
Irvington
The Going to Sleep BookEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABCCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
The Twelve Days of Christmas Pop-UpSusan Barhan,
Southport
This Book Just Ate My DogKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Take Away the ACarrie Waterson,
IT
Sam and Dave Dig a HoleJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Mr FrankCarrie Waterson,
IT
The Twelve Days of Christmas in IndianaCarrie Waterson,
IT
Good Night IndianaLaura Dixon,
Outreach
Go to Sleep Little FarmShellie Rich,
Central Library
TelephoneKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Circle Square MooseJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Chapter Book Picks:

The Mysterious HowlingRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Magic ThiefRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Mysterious Benedict SocietyRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Squires TaleRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
Wildwood ChroniclesRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
SidekickedCarrie Waterson,
IT
El DeafoJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Greenglass HouseShellie Rich,
Central Library
The Chicken SquadJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
The Case of the Weird Blue ChickenJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Technology Toy Picks:

SpheroRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
kano2Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
3doodlerRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

App Picks:

FingerpaintWithSoundsFingerpaint with Sound

Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

Best Books of 2014:

Links provided by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Best Apps of 2014:

Free Apps:

  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Story Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE book apps)
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE apps)
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30Nov/140

Reading Champion: Debbie Ridpath Ohi

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Picture Book Month is an international initiative to encourage everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books during the month of November. Every day in November, there will be a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.

In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book. Visit www.picturebookmonth.com November is Picture Book Month. Join the celebration and party with a picture book!

Websites:

Books:

 

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29Nov/140

Reading Champion: Kelly J. Light

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Picture Book Month is an international initiative to encourage everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books during the month of November. Every day in November, there will be a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.

In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book. Visit www.picturebookmonth.com November is Picture Book Month. Join the celebration and party with a picture book!

Website:

Books:

 

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