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Today is World Read Aloud Day!

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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!

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

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National Education Association: Read Across America Day
March 2, 2016
  • 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

World Book Day 2016
World Book Day
March 3, 2016
  • 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.

Give Me 20
Book It! Give Me 20 Spring Reading Challenge
March 7, 2016 - April 29, 2016
  • 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.

Free Comic Book Day
May 7, 2016
  • 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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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?

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 Imagination Station
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.

Feed Your Brain
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
June & July, 2015

Book It Wimpy Kid
Book It! Summer Reading Challenge with Wimpy Kid
June 22 - August 15 , 2015
  • The more they read, the more prizes they can earn.

Books a Million Summer Quest
Books-a-Million Summer Quest Reading Program
Summer 2015
  • Read 4 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 FREE Camp Half-Blood Tote Bag.
  • Printable Books-a-Million Reading Form & Booklist

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
  • Remember, you can keep reading online all year in the We Give Books free online library.

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Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar
Summer 2015, 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

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

Give Me 20
Book It! I Want My Hat Back Give Me 20 Fall Reading Challenge
October 19 - December 11, 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.

Star Wars Reads Day 2015
Star Wars Reads Day 2015
October 10, 2015
  • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.

Star Wars Reads Day @Pike Library Branch Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2pm Costume parade, craft table, trivia quiz, Jedi/Sith Training Course & more. Details

We Give Books Jump Start Read for the Record
October 22, 2016
  • 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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Read Right Now! Dr. Seuss

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

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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.

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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!

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!:



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



Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding

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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,
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,
This Book Just Ate My DogKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Take Away the ACarrie Waterson,
Sam and Dave Dig a HoleJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Mr FrankCarrie Waterson,
The Twelve Days of Christmas in IndianaCarrie Waterson,
Good Night IndianaLaura Dixon,
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,
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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Read for the Record – Bunny Cakes


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

JumpStart Read for the Record On October 21, 2014, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Join Josh Duhamel, this year's celebrity reader, to set a reading record.

"As a new dad, I’m proud to be part of a campaign that advocates early education for all children. The best part of our day is story time with Axl." ~ Josh Duhamel

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Read Right Now!

It's Grandma's birthday, and Max wants to make her an icky worm cake. But Ruby insists on angel surprise with raspberry-fluff icing. Will Max let his bossy older sister keep him out of the kitchen?

  • Free Activities and Coloring Pages (en español tambien)

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Zinio: Free eMagazines for Kids at the Library


You and your child can read full digital copies of favorite magazines on your computer, tablet or mobile device with the free Zinio magazine subscription service now available through The Indianapolis Public Library.

  • current issues released simultaneously with print editions
  • no holds
  • no checkout periods
  • no limit on the number of magazines that can be downloaded

Seriously! ; )

NOTE: The Zinio magazine subscription service requires the creation of two accounts – a library Zinio account to view the Indy Library's collection and a free account to read magazines online or via the Zinio Reader app on a mobile device. Users can visit their device's app store to download and install the Zinio Reader app to read magazines, or use a web browser to browse and check out new issues of Library magazines. To access Zinio, click on "eMagazines" from the Library's homepage at and go to "Zinio."

Zinio Magazines for Kids:

Hello Highlights Hello - Colorful images, simple stories, activities and helpful tips that encourage quality time together. Ages 0-2.
Babybug  Babybug - Brightly illustrated stories and simple poems are perfect for parents and grandparents to read aloud, while the extra-heavy pages, non-toxic ink, rounded corners, and staple-free binding make BABYBUG safe for little ones to explore all on their own. Age 6 months – 3 years
High Five Highlights High Five - For beginning readers! Stories and poems, crafts and recipes, puzzles and other activities. Ages 2-6. en Español.
Ladybug Ladybug - For pre-schoolers and early readers. Stories, colorful illustrations, poems, songs, and crafts. Pre-K-Grade 1.
Click Click - Learn about nature, the sciences, and the arts. Grades 1-2.
Highlights Highlights - Fiction, nonfiction, hidden pictures®, skill-building puzzles, science experiments and more. Ages 6-12.
Spider Spider - Stories, poems, nonfiction, bright illustrations and detailed drawings by famous children's artists as well as riddles, puzzles, and other games. Grades 2-4.
Ask Ask - Explore the world of science. What makes wind? Where do colors come from? Were pirates real? Vivid graphics, activities, cartoons, and plenty of humor, Grades 3-5.
Family Fun Family Fun - Do-able ideas to help you with everything from making a creative sack lunch to planning a birthday party. Recipes & crafts kid-tested, parent-approved.
American Girl American Girl - Fun & friendship, party plans, crafts, real girls' stories, quizzes and contests. Parent's Choice, EdPress and NAPPA award winner.
Cricket Cricket - Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and brilliant illustrations. Frequent contests encourage young writers to try their hand at various genres. Grades 4-8.
Cobblestone Cobblestone - American history for young people, Cobblestone tells America’s story through a unique mix of articles, graphics, historical photographs, primary sources, and maps. Grades 5-9.
DIg Dig - Archaeology Magazine, archaeological sites around the world, working laboratories, interviews with onsite archaeologists all give children a well-rounded view what archaeology is really all about. Grades 5-9.
Faces Faces - Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9.
Muse Muse - For kids interested in science, history, and the arts. Grades 5-9.
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Happy 100th Birthday, Robert McCloskey

Born on this date in 1914, McCloskey was the author of 8 picture books, for which he won 2 Caldecott medals (Make Way for Ducklings, 1941, and Time of Wonder, 1957; He also received a Caldecott honor for Blueberries for Sal, 1948 and One Morning in Maine, 1952).  He died in 2003.

Books by Robert McCloskey:

Blueberries Blueberries for Sal Book, Streaming Video BurtDow Burt Dow, Deep-water Man Book, eAudio
CenterburgTales Centerburg Tales Book HomerPrice Homer Price Book, eAudio, Streaming Video
Lentil Lentil Book, eAudio MakeWay Make Way for Ducklings Book, Streaming Video
OneMorningMaine One Morning in Maine Book TimeWonder Time of Wonder Book

About Robert McCloskey:

Robert McCloskey

Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Happy 80th Birthday Tomie dePaola!

Happy Birthday Tomie dePaola!


Adelita Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella ArtLesson The Art Lesson
BillPeteNile Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile FourFriends Four Friends in Autumn
KnightDragon The Knight and the Dragon StregaDoes Strega Nona Does It Again

Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Read Right Now! BUNNIES

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

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Read Hop Hop Hop - Three bunnies find that inside the house is not a good place to hop, hop, hop!

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Read The Velveteen Rabbit - By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.

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Read Mr. Bunny's Carrot Soup

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Favorite Bunny Books:

Benjamin BigCarrot Hungry MoonRabbit

Bunny eBooks & eAudio:

BoyBunny RabbitsDuck RabbitsGift RabbitsSee
RabbitsSpotty RabbitsTen
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