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2013-2015 AISLE Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss

AISLEReadAloudsRead Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss is a project of the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE). Each year, a committee of media specialists, public librarians, classroom teachers, reading teachers, principals, bookstore operators, and/or university faculty members is formed to develop five read-aloud lists: one for primary age students, one for upper elementary, one for middle school students, one for high school students, and an ageless. There is also a Buried Treasures list for 2013-2015, for books that are a bit older but warrant mention for their outstanding read-aloud qualities. The lists are publicized and distributed to Indiana schools to encourage sustained reading and oral sharing of literature among teachers and students.

The ultimate purpose of the Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss program is to promote a love of reading and books and to instill and nurture lifelong reading habits in Indiana students.

Ageless Titles

All the World AmazingFaces Exclamation Mark The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit One Press Here

Buried Treasures

Inkheart Library Lion Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook Punk Farm
The Magic Hat The Three Horrid Little Pigs An Undone Fairy Tale A Visitor for Bear
Wild About Books Zen Shorts

Primary Grade Readers

Boy + Bot Can You Make a Scary Face Chicken Little Dragons Love Tacos
Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet Go, Go Grapes It’s a Tiger Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Spoon Stuck

Upper Elementary Readers

About Average BookSpeak! Poems About Books Crow Call Each Kindness
Extra Yarn The Lemonade Crime Lulu and the Brontosaurus Collision
SOS Unsinkable Wonder Yes, Yes, Yaul

Middle Grade Readers

14 Cows for America The Apothecary The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Countdown
Guys Read: Funny Business Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball Mr. Terupt Falls Again Small as an Elephant
Three Times Lucky Tuesdays at the Castle

High School Readers

BZRK Dizzy in Your Eyes…Poems About Love Every Day Kids of Kabul
Legend October Mourning Son
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Read Right Now! SUMMER

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

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Read A Hot Summer Day 

More FREE Online Reading:


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NEW! Kids eReading Room: eBooks & eAudio


Children and families can now easily find eBooks and eAudio for kids in the NEW! KIDS eReading Room at Check them out with your library card just like printed library books.  The collection includes such favorites as:

  • Clifford, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine and Fancy Nancy for younger readers
  • Judy Moody and the Magic Treehouse series for middle readers
  • C.S. Lewis, Lemony Snicket, James Dashner, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter for older kids
  • Comic and graphic novels
  • Humor, Mystery, Science & Nature, Science Fiction, & Fantasy

Library eBooks are compatible for downloading on most eReaders, tablets and mobile devices running the free Kindle app, as well as smartphones, iOS and Android devices. Using your Library card, you can download up to 25 items at a time for loan periods ranging from 7 to 21 days or access items from your browser.

Titles available include:

BearsVacation AllDads CharlieChocolate DeepZone

Also available is the Disney Digital Collection


The Disney Digital Collection feature all of your kids' favorite Disney and Disney Pixar characters. The Disney Digital eBook and eAudio collection is great because they are always available - no waiting in line! All you need is an internet connection and library card! Disney Digital Books launch in your browser. The service is PC and Mac® compatible and does not require a download.

  • Unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages
  • Look and Listen titles that allow children to hear a story read aloud
  • a Story-Builder feature so kids can create and share their own stories
  • an Age-appropriate dictionary that lets children click on any word to hear it read aloud, select unfamiliar words, and read simple definitions.
BuzzWoody Dumbo HandyManny Nemo
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New Christmas eBooks & eAudio for Kids


The Christmas Pups A Christmas Spider’s Miracle The Little Red Elf Santa Retires
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift Caillou: Merry Christmas!
My Christmas List Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas Santa is Coming to Indiana


Charlie and the Christmas Kitty Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Splendiferous Christmas A Very Marley Christmas


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Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids from IndyPL Librarians

Frosty the SnowmanCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
Random House Book of Poetry for ChildrenCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
Hard LuckCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
Fortunately, The MilkBeth Pintal,
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the WorldLeigh Thomas,
Learning Curve
The Day the Crayons QuitEmilie Lynn,
East 38th St.
DaysPopUpSusan Barhan,
Baby Bear Counts OneAmy Friedman,
Learning Curve
If You Give a Mouse a CookieLindsay Haddix,
Cinders: A Chicken CinderellaLindsay Haddix,
Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas CarolKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Merry Christmas SplatKatie Klopp,
In the Month of KislevShellie Rich,
Learning Curve
Auntie ClausShellie Rich,
Learning Curve
Press HereDaniell Wilkins,
College Ave.
Ladybug Girl and the Big SnowJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
OliviaMiriam Guidero,
King Bidgood's in the BathtubMiriam Guidero,
Miss RumphiumMiriam Guidero,
Deck the HallDiane Palguta,
College Ave.
Santa's Snow CatDiane Palguta,
College Ave.
The Rabbit and the BearDiane Palguta,
College Ave.




Free to Be You and MeLindsay Haddix,
Sandra Boynton’s Frog TroubleLindsay Haddix,
Turn Turn TurnShellie Rich,
Learning Curve


The Little Mermaid Diamond EditionKatie Klopp,
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Read Right Now! MICE

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

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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:

More FREE Online Reading:


Favorite Mouse Books:

Mouse Tales Angelina Ballerina Chester's Way If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Frederick Maisy Goes Shopping The Tale of Pip and Squeak Lily's Purple Plastic Purse

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 & eAudio:

MiceIce MiceKitten MiceMouseMole MiceSnow
MosueUpstairs MiceLobelAudio
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City Bus Drivers – Indy Inside Out Project


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(Street Art/Outdoor Installation)

WHEN: November 1 - End of November
WHERE: Covering Meridian Street Side of Central Library; Big Car Service Center; R Bistro (on Mass. Ave.)
WHY: Join in on International Art Project (Inside Out Project) & show our appreciation for public transit operators!
DETAILS: Press Release
ALSO: Indy is awesome!



Videographer: Tucker Krajewski

City Buses & Bus Drivers:

Meet the Bus Driver Bus Drivers On a Bus We Go Buses





City Bus Stories:

The Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus Arthur Lost and Found The Babies on the Bus The Boys on the Bus
A Bus Called Heaven Dog on his Bus Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Maisy Drives the Bus
Next Stop Pete the Cat Wheels on the Bus Pirates Drive Buses The Seals on the Bus

City Bus History:

Back of the Bus If a Bus Could Talk Rosa's Bus

School Bus Stories:

Axle Annie and the Speed Grump The Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus The Bus for Us The Bus Stop
Caillou The School Bus Gus the Dinosaur Bus The Haunted Ghoul Bus Hello School Bus
I Spy a School Bus I'm Your Bus Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus The Little School Bus
Mighty Mike Saves a School Bus School Bus
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Read for the Record – Otis

Join us for the 10th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®. On October 22, 2015 children and adults worldwide will take action by participating in the world’s largest shared reading experience. Help us break the world reading record (again!) for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

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Read Not Norman - As a boy attempts to convince someone else to take his disappointing pet, he learns to love Norman the goldfish himself. Try these activities at home:

  • More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids
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Big Library Read: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth

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No waiting in line!

Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth

The Big Library Read - Everybody able to read or listen to the same book at the same time for two weeks! Mystery Activities everyday from September 16-30th!

Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case? Find out in the glamorous start to an all-new chapter book series featuring everyone's favorite fancy girl!


Nancy Clancy Series:

#1 Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth
#2 Nancy Clancy Secret Admirer
#3 Nancy Clancy Sees the Future

Detective Activities:

If you are like Nancy and want to be a detective...uncover clues...follow leads...solve mysteries - here are some online detective activities to get you started. Detective Activities will appear on the Kid's Blog every day from September 16-30th. On the 30th you can try to solve online mysteries using your new skills! Make a Rookie ID and stash it in one of these homemade wallets:

New Activities & Online Mysteries Each Day Sep. 16 - Sep. 30:

Now you're ready to learn a new detective skill each day for two weeks. Tomorrow you can begin by assembling a detective tool kit with things found easily around the house. Check in every day to learn a new detective skill and read a free online mystery!

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Desmond Tutu in Indianapolis – Forgiveness & Empathy

On September 12th, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was a key figure in ending apartheid in South Africa, will visit Indianapolis to speak at Clowes Memorial Hall - a great time to share with your kids his life's journey in South Africa. Here are some websites and books to help:


Books - Desmond Tutu:

God's Dream Desmond and the Very Mean Word Children of God Storybook Bible Desmond Tutu : fighting apartheid

Books - Foregiveness & Peace:

The Forgiveness Garden That's Not Funny! That's Not Funny Desmond Tutu : fighting apartheid
Wise at heart

Books - South Africa:

South Africa We Visit South Africa  The Fall of Apartheid in South Africa Foods of South Africa
Recipe and Craft Guide to South Africa S is for South Africa A Song for Jamala The Herd Boy
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