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Raising Lifelong Readers

Boys Read – Developing a new generation of literate men. It’s not that boys can’t read, it’s that boys won’t read. Their mission: transform boys into lifelong readers.

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Brightly: Helping Parents Grow Lifelong Readers – Connects kids with the right books at the right time to keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

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Digital Storytime – A site to help parents and educators find picture book apps for iPad. Detailed ratings and information are included for every app reviewed.

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FirstBook – First Book provides access to new books for children in need. Start reading and sharing beautiful stories with the children in your life with FirstBooks literacy partner WeGiveBooks at their free online library.

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Guys Read – Helping boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers – recommend books that guys have told them they like. “Our idea is to help guys become readers by helping them find texts they want to read.”

In the Middle Books – Find series and online resources for kids ages 5-9, 7-10, and 8-12. Choose books by age or theme, get chapter excerpts, printable acitivity pages, videos, and more! From Simon & Schuster Publishing.

IndyPL Kids’ Blog – Chapter to read next and homework help.

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IndyPL Read Right Now! eReading Room for Kids – Free online reading for kids, no waiting!

IndyPL Ready to Read Blog – Book suggestions and reading practice ideas for parents of children ages 0-5.

James Patterson’s Read Kiddo Read – Helps parents and educators connect their children with the books that will turn them into lifelong readers.

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Jumpstart – Working toward the day every child in America enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed.

KidsReads – Ever craved a good book and just not been inspired by anything you see? Or wished you had a place to discover new books? KidsReads can help figure out what to read next.

Little eLit – Little eLit is a crowd-sourced, grass-roots learning network that works to develop promising practices for the incorporation of new media (eBooks, apps, video, etc.) into library collections, services and programs for families with young children.

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Little Free Library – Little Free Library’s are “take a book, return a book” places where neighbors share their favorite books – anyone may stop by and pick up a book and bring back another book to share. This site provides a map of the US showing where registered little libraries are located.

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A Mighty Girl – Over 2,000 girl-empowering books starring stellar Mighty Girl characters.

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Reach Out and Read – Reach Out and Read is an organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.

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Reading is Fundamental (RIF) – Their vision is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading, to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life.

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Reading Rockets – Reading Rockets is a national literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

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The Stacks – Book and author news, games, videos and more from Scholastic Kids.

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Too Small to Fail or Pequeños y Valiosos – Activities to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five to help them prepare to succeed.

Unite for Literacy – Over 120 free picture books narrated in: Arabic, ASL, Burmese, Cherokee, Chinese, Cup’ik, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Karenni, Kekchi, Korean, Mopan, Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Q’anjob’al, Russian, Swetswana, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish & Vietnamese.

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United Through Reading – One of the most difficult things a child can experience is having a parent deployed to a war zone for an indeterminate period of time. United Through Reading helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.

WeGiveBooks – We Give Books makes digital books available in an online library. Some books are available in español.

Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award – Vote Now!

The first inaugural 2015 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award winner is Bill Cotter for his book “Don’t Push the Button.”


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 TreeDon't Push the ButtonLet's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave CowboyCount the MonkeysMix It UpTiptoe JoePete the Cat and his Four Groovy ButtonsPouch

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

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, divisions of the American Library Association.

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!

FREE Online Dr. Seuss eBooks:

The Cat in the HatDr Seuss on the Loose 150How the Grinch Stole Christmas

More FREE Online Reading:

Dr. Suess Printables, Crafts & More:

Horton DotsSeuss RhymeSeuss BuzzSeuss Maze

Read Right Now!: Clifford the Big Red Dog

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association.

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!

FREE Online eBooks about Clifford:


Clifford eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks & eAudiobooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?
Clifford at the CircusClifford Takes a TripClifford the Big Red DogClifford the ChampionClifford the Firehouse DogClifford Visits the HospitalClifford Visits the ZooCliffords Birthday PartyCliffords First Snow DayCliffords Good DeedsCliffords Pals

More FREE Online Reading:

Printables, Crafts & More about Clifford:

Holiday Gift Picks for Kids from IndyPL Librarians 2014

Picture Book Picks:

The Book With No PicturesPanda Bear Panda Bear What Do You SeeNocturneStop Snoring BernardThe Going to Sleep BookProfessor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABCThe Twelve Days of Christmas Pop-UpThis Book Just Ate My DogTake Away the ASam and Dave Dig a HoleMr FrankThe Twelve Days of Christmas in IndianaGood Night IndianaGo to Sleep Little FarmTelephoneCircle Square Moose

Chapter Book Picks:

The Mysterious HowlingThe Magic ThiefThe Mysterious Benedict SocietyThe Squires TaleWildwood ChroniclesSidekickedEl DeafoGreenglass HouseThe Chicken SquadThe Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

Technology Toy Picks:


App Picks:


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)

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:


About Robert McCloskey:

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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