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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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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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Author Visit: Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

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Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen at Central Library!

Sunday, October 19, 2014 2pm

Families and fans of children's literature are invited as award-winning children's picture book creators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen team up to discuss their new book, "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole." Barnett and Klassen previously worked together on "Extra Yarn," a New York Times bestseller, a Caldecott Honor Book, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner. Book sales and autographing will follow their presentation. Book sales will be provided by Kids Ink.

Mac Barnett is the author of several award-winning books for children, including "President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath," illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of "I Want My Hat Back," a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, and "This Is Not My Hat," winner of the Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of "House Held Up by Trees," written by Ted Kooser and named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book.


Written by Mac Barnett & Illustrated by Jon Klassen:

Extra Yarn Sam and Dave Dig a Big Hole

Written by Mac Barnett:

It Happened On a Train The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity Danger Goes Berserk The Ghostwriter Secret
Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem Chloe and the Lion Count the Monkeys Mustache
Oh No Oh No Not Again President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath

Written and Illustrated by Jon Klassen:

I Want My Hat Back This Is Not My Hat

Illustrated by Jon Klassen:

Cats Night Out The Dark The Hidden Gallery House Held Up By Trees
The Mysterious Howling The Unseen Guest


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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.

Watch and Listen Right Now!:

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Watch Make Way for Ducklings - Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring. Caldecott Medal, 1942.

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Watch Blueberries for Sal Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.

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 See How They Grow: Bunny - Follow an adorable bunny on its path from newborn to adult in the fun and informative picture book. See How They Grow is a photographic paperback series designed to introduce the fascinating world of animals and how they develop, step-by-step.

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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 Bunny Party - It's Grandma's birthday and Ruby has invited seven of her favorite toys -- but not a single one of Max's. Yet, new guests keep mysteriously appearing. Is someone making a few changes to the guest list?

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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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Favorite Bunny Books:

Benjamin BigCarrot Hungry MoonRabbit

Bunny eBooks & eAudio:

BoyBunny RabbitsDuck RabbitsGift RabbitsSee
RabbitsSpotty RabbitsTen
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Preschool Cooking Workshop


Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 are invited to get cooking with Gourmet Girlfriends! During this free workshop, young ones will learn about healthy choices and create their own edible treats for breakfast or bedtime snacks. Note for parents: Since this is a cooking program, if a child has allergy concerns, please contact a participating branch for a list of ingredients. This program is peanut free. Schedule



Read Right Now!:

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Watch If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is like ly to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young boy's day.
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Watch The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
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Watch Green Eggs and Ham - Sam-I-Am tries to persuade his friend to try green eggs and ham.
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Read Maisy Makes Lemonade - On a hot day, Maisy the mouse and Eddie the elephant make lemonade and enjoy it together. More Maisy books to read online:

Read Pizza Maker - Dough, sauce, and cheese combine to make a delicious pizza pie in this fun early-learner read-aloud about being a pizza maker.

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:

SheepEat BiggestCookie LittlePea GreenBeans
JunkFood BooBoo elizabite StirSoup
BearsPicnic DoraPicnic MickeyPicnic PeaseLouise

New & Favorite Cooking Stories:

Even Aliens Need Snacks Florentine and Pig Pinch and Dash Make Soup Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly
Pancakes, Pancakes Tyler Makes Pancakes Gazpacho for Nacho JamFrances
StoneSoup HoorayBread

Cookbooks for Preschoolers:

Minnie and Friends Cookbook Cool Raw Food Recipes Cool Snack Food Art A Superhero Cookbook
Mommy and Me Start Cooking Cook It Step By Step Summer Sips to Chill Dips Fall Shakes to Harvet Bakes
Let's Cook With Popcorn Easy Peasy Recipes Snacks & Treats to Make and Eat A Dinosaur Cookbook What’s in the Garden
Grow Your Own Snack

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Collection Development Librarian

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Helping Children Cope with Tragic Events

"We're going over in a safe area," she told the 5-year-olds. Then, she opened a book and started to read. CNN

This is what we have to offer you today in the aftermath of the inexplicable. Come. Open a book. Start to read. Hold them close and revisit old friends together; Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Arthur, The Little Engine That Could.

Or stay at home and do the same. Find the books in the bookcase with the dog-eared pages and the tell-tale bite marks on the spine; the ones you can probably recite without looking at the pages. Choose the one with the coffee ring on the cover for having been on the bedside table every night.

Favorite stories are steadfast old friends to count on in times of trouble.

It is clear from the resources we have gathered below that one of the best things we can all do is simply reassure children that many people - their family, their teachers, their neighbors, the people at day care or church or the library love and care about them and are looking out for their safety.

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

This video shares some expert advice from the makers of Sesame Street:


Professional Advice about Helping Children Cope with Violence and Tragic Events:

Dad and Children Reading Photo While favorite stories are comforting and familiar, you may find that it would be helpful to read a book together that helps your child understand feeling afraid or anxious; or answers questions he or she might have about death. Below are several children's books that address separation anxiety, fear and grief. These are just a small sampling to show you the kinds of books that are available. Also listed are some parenting books about helping a child cope with anxiety. Click on any book jacket to go directly to the online catalog to make a request with your IndyPL Library Card, or visit any of our branch locations. IndyPL librarianswould be happy to help you find books like these.
A Terrible Thing Happened A Terrible Thing Happened - After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better. Jenny is Scared Jenny is Scared - When Jenny and her brother are frightened by events in the world, their parents help them talk about their fears and feel better.
On That Day: a Book of Hope for Children On That Day: a Book of Hope for Children - This book tells children that although terrible things happen, there is still hope that the world can be a better place. Tough Boris Tough Boris - Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrot dies.
Love Waves Love Waves - While they are at work a mother and father send powerful "love waves" to their child at home, offering reassurance and comfort in their absence. The Kissing Hand The Kissing Hand - When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
The Kiss Box The Kiss Box - As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart. Mommy in My Pocket Mommy in My Pocket - A little girl gets anxious about separation from her mommy when she goes to school.
When dinosaurs die : a guide to understanding death When Dinosaurs Die - Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died. Freeing your child from anxiety [CD] Freeing Your Child From Anxiety - Written by an expert in the field of childhood anxiety disorders, this indispensable guide is for parents looking for safe, proven methods for reducing childhood anxiety. Dr. Chansky shows them how to teach their child to successfully deal with stress and face the challenges and uncertainties of life. This resource is a CD but is also available as a Downloadable eBook
Growing up brave : expert strategies for helping your child overcome fear, stress, and anxiety Growing Up Brave - The author, a childhood anxiety expert, helps parents identify and understand anxiety in their children, outlines effective and convenient parenting techniques for reducing anxiety, and shows parents how to promote bravery for long-term confidence. Tear soup: a recipe for healing after loss Tear Soup - A modern-day fable, told in a richly illustrated children's book format, about a woman who has suffered a terrible loss. Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, so she is cooking up a batch of "tear soup," in which the ingredients are parts of the grieving process, including memories, misgivings, feelings, and tears.
Growing up brave : expert strategies for helping your child overcome fear, stress, and anxiety Love, Hugs & Healing - Helps children identify feelings that overwhelm them with anxiety and despair. Explains that sometimes bad things happen and good people are hurt. Children feel fear, sadness, and anger. The book teaches that there are ways of dealing with these emotions and helps children reaffirm fundamental truths about the world. Healing days : a guide for kids who have experienced trauma Healing Days - A guide for kids who have experienced trauma.
Snowflakes Fall Snowflakes Fall - In this illustrated poem in honor of the victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, falling snowflakes celebrate the uniqueness of life, its precious, simple moments, and the strength of memory.
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Read fro My Summer Free Online Reading Program – Animals!


What we’re reading this week

Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program! Each week they 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 Download the flyer.

This week, read about animals! From real-life critters to fictional characters, the animals featured in this week’s books are sure to entertain all of our readers.

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

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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 You Can't Go To School Naked - Kids will giggle and squirm at the silly scenarios this little guy imagines and cheer his unique solution. No library card required. Just set up a username and password and start to read.

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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


Streg Nona: Her Story The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends
Streg Nona: Her Story The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends
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The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Read For Summer Free Online Reading Program – Art



Read for My Summer Week 7Check out their featured books this week about colors, painters, and illustrators!

0 to 3

Perfect for reading aloud and encouraging early word recognition, Baby: Colors! contains a rainbow of objects, from green balloons to purple butterflies. After reading, head over to our program page to go on a rainbow toy hunt or create heart ball art!

4 to 7

In the summer of 1871, a young painter named Thomas Moran joined a team of scientists heading for the untamed land called "the Yellowstone." Tom had never ridden a horse or slept under the stars before, but the paintings he created on his journey from city boy to seasoned explorer would lead to the founding of America's first national park. Follow his journey in this week's 4 to 7 age group pick, Yellowstone Moran, then visit the Read for My Summer page for a Yellowstone scavenger hunt and an outdoor art show activity from ReadWriteThink!

8 to 10

Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books such as his classic The Cat in the Hat. Who Was Dr. Seuss? brings an amazingly gifted author-illustrator to life. When you finish the book head over to our program page for a ReadWriteThink activity and Dr. Seuss games.


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