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Read Right Now! Dr. Seuss

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child’s life.

Use IndyPL’s Read Right Now! pages to have fun at home doing the five things that build early reading skills: Reading, Playing, Writing, Singing & Talking. Find books to read, songs to listen to, games to play, crafts to make and more! Things you can do RIGHT NOW, at home – no waiting!

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Listen to Rachel Ray read Green Eggs and Ham or listen to Tim Tebow read Green Eggs and Ham  Sam-I-Am tries to persuade his friend to try green eggs and ham

The Cat in the Hat Pizza Hut Book It 75 Listen to Justin Bieber read The Cat in the Hat – Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

Dr Seuss on the Loose 150 World Book Day 75 Read Dr. Seuss on the Loose – A 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:



Horton Dots Seuss Rhyme Seuss Buzz Seuss Maze

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Freegal Grinch Songs from Seuss

How to Download Freegal Songs (Free & Legal!) with Your Library Card.


The more words children hear, the more words they learn, the better prepared they are to read! Here are some tips for talking about letters:

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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

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)

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.

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


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

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Read School Tools – All the words you need to name important tools to get your school work done. Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Read School Helpers – A look at all the people at school who work hard to make your day fun and safe. Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Read What Good Is a Line? – All the reasons why lines at school really help out. Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Read Emily Elizabeth Goes to School – In the “Emily Elizabeth Goes to School” Clifford Interactive Storybook (K–2), early readers follow Emily Elizabeth during her “big day” at school.

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Read Are You Read for School? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

Alice Miranda at School Back to School Rules The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle The Berenstain Bears Go to School
The Berenstain Bears Trouble at School Boomer Goes to School Curious George First Day of School
Dancing Dinos Go to School
A Day at School Edward Almost Goes to School First Day Jitters First Year Letters
Franklin Goes to School Kindergarten Countdown Late for School Max Goes to School
Ollie's School Day Rufus and Friends School Day Sammy Spider First Day of School School Day Math
Snuffy Goes to School We Love Our School

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Amelia Bedelia First Day of School Pinkalicious School Rules Biscuit Goes to School Mittens at School
Morris Goes to School

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

NEW! Streaming Video for Kids

IndyPL’s new collection of streaming videos from Overdrive includes more than 400 titles appropriate for juvenile audiences.

Movie selections include movie versions of:

  • Caldecott winners, including “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Make Way for Ducklings”
  • Animated picture book classics, such as “The Ugly Duckling” and “Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type”
  • Episodes from tv shows such as Sesame Street and Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Instructional videos on a variety of topics, including yoga; and so much more!

Take a Look

The Adventures of Paddington Bear Chicka Chicka Boom  Boom Click Clack Moo Cows That Type Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Harold and the Purple Crayon Harry the Dirty Dog Locomotive Me, Eloise
Mr. Wuffles The New Adventures of Madeline Sesame Street Sonic the Hedgehog
The Ugle Duckling Where the wild Things Ared

Video Titles Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Arnie the Doughnut

Arnie the Donut


June 6, 2014 National Donut Day! In honor of it – a favorite Doughnut story – Arnie the DoughnutArnie the talking doughnut convinces Mr. Bing that not all doughnuts are meant to be eaten. Funniest picture…when Arnie realizes SOME PEOPLE EAT DOUGHNUTS! (We do!)

  • TODAY on Monument Circle: “Starting at 6 AM, fresh donuts and coffee will be served all morning, free of charge, from a Salvation Army canteen. We’ll be joined by Square Donuts, our generous National Donut Day sponsor. Stop by, enjoy a donut, and join us in thanking our brave “lassies” for their sweet contribution to American history.” Details
  • Amazon Look Inside: Arnie the Doughnut
  • Official Website: Laurie Keller
  • Indiana Festival Theatre, Bloomington Indiana presents “Arnie the Doughnut” June 22, 25-29, July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 9-13 @ 11:00 am Studio Theatre. Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Ages 7 and under should be accompanied by an adult. How fun! Ticket Details.


More Doughnut Books:

The Bowling Alley Bandit Ufonuts If You Give a Dog a Donut The Case of the Missing Donut
Who Needs Donuts The Donut Chef Homer Price