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Celebrating Every Boy and Girl

Girls Are Not Tomboys
This booklist is inspired by the blog post "Girls Are Not Tomboys - They Are Girls" by Sharon Suchoval.

Some girls climb trees.Of Course They Do

Some girls wear dresses.

Some girls climb trees while wearing dresses.

Girls are Girls, Boys are Boys, Kids are Kids, In all their different and marvelous ways! Boys and girls can do anything! Here are some books that celebrate each kid in their own way.

Listen Right Now!

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Listen to a Celebrity Read Amazing Grace - Grace loves stories, whether they're in books or in movies or the kind her grandmother tells. She acts out the most exciting parts of all sorts of tales...sometimes Hiawatha, or Aladdin, of Joan of Arc...There's nothing that Grace enjoys more. Determined to play Peter Pan in the school play, African-American Grace meets opposition in her classmates, who insist that Peter Pan is a boy and white.

IndyPL Books:

Amazing Grace Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots Elena's Serenade Free To Be You and Me
Happy to be Girls How to Be I like Myself I Want to Be a Cowgirl
Just Like Josh Gibson Knit Your Bit Made By Raffi Mama Is a Miner
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress Not All Princesses Dress in Pink Not Every Princess Oliver Button is a Sissy
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt Swish Williams Doll


A Mighty Girl150Find more stories about Mighty Girls on the reading list: Individuality

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The Dark

Like a lot of kids, Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is a hard thing to be afraid of because it lives right where kids are. You can have a night light, of course, but the dark, the dark still lurks in the corners.

The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo, a big place with a creaky roof, smooth, cold windows, and several sets of stairs. Sometimes the dark hid in the closet. Sometimes it sat behind the shower curtain. But mostly it spent its time in the basement.

In this story, The Dark is a character, just like Laszlo. It hangs out in all the places you would expect The Dark to like; the closet, behind doors, under the bed. Laszlo is a smart kid. He decides to face his fear. Armed with a flashlight, he goes to visit The Dark. When he does, he finds out that like a lot of unknown things, The Dark isn't so bad. In fact, The Dark is pretty nice. It is especially nice when you close your eyes to go to sleep. A great book for re-imagining The Dark as a friend instead of something scary. Author: Lemony Snicket

One of the best things about the dark is stars...and also meteors! Watching meteor showers is a great way to appreciate the dark and there is a good one coming up that peaks in a few days. It is the Perseid Meteor Shower.

From NASA: Perseids
Peak Activity: Aug 11 - Aug  13, 2015
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour

More books about facing up to fears from big bears to nightmares to monsters:

There's a Nightmare in My Closet Where's My Teddy?
Go Away Big Green Monster


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Too Shy for Show and Tell

Too Shy for Show and Tell

Sam doesn't talk much. He likes trucks and dogs but none of the kids in his class know that. The thought of show-and-tell at school sends Sam into a panic fueled tummy ache. What if he says something dumb? What if he says the wrong words? What if he cries, or worse, throws up?!!

Other kids take turns before Sam. None of them cry or throw up. No one laughs at them either, so Sam works up the courage to try show-and-tell himself. The illustration of Sam's friends sitting on the rug eagerly waiting to hear what he has to say is priceless. Mostly, friends just want to be your friends. No one is waiting for Sam to mess up - they want to know what his cool show-and-tell thing is!

Next time, show-and-tell is easier for Sam because that's how shy works...practice helps make handling it easier. I should know. I routinely threw up in the morning in elementary school during the first fear fueled weeks of school.  Getting used to school can be hard!  I did not like at all being expected to speak in front of the class. Show-and-tell? No, thank-you! All of that lasted until about fifth grade. I guess that was finally enough practice!  If Sam and I can practice, your child can too! Author: Beth Bracken

If you have a shy child here are some websites that might give you ideas to help your child practice. Practice really does help.

Here are some more books like Sam's; stories about other kids who are also shy. Knowing a friend understands, even an imaginary book friend, helps too!

Disappearing Desmond Disappearing Desmond - Desmond is so skilled at disappearing that sometimes even his teacher cannot find him but when he meets Gloria, a new student at school, his attitude slowly changes.
Shrinking Violet Shrinking Violet - Violet, who is very shy and hates for anyone to look at her in school, finally comes out of her shell when she is cast in a play about the solar system and saves the production from disaster.
Louder Lili Louder Lili - Lili is so shy that her voice is never heard in class until the day a good friend needs her help.
The Boys The Boys - A shy boy, seeking the courage to play baseball with the other children in a park, is coaxed out of his shell by some "old timers" sitting nearby who, in turn, discover they are still in the game.
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Free App – Touch & Learn Emotions

TouchEmotionsThis free app is good practice for learning to name the emotions and recognizing body language and facial expression. 

TouchEmotions2Four pictures are displayed and the name of an emotion appears on screen and is spoken. Users choose the picture that illustrates the emotion.

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Staff Pick: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.

Have you ever been jealous of someone? Or thought they were better than you? That’s how Goat feels about Unicorn. Goat can ride his bike, but Unicorn can fly. Goat can do simple magic tricks, but Unicorn can turn things into gold. How can you compete with someone who can make it rain cupcakes?

Then one day, Unicorn actually talks to Goat. Goat finds out that Unicorn likes all sorts of things about him! He loves goat cheese, adores cloven hooves, and is completely jealous that Goat can eat anything he wants. Who knew?

So the two become friends and learn to celebrate their differences. Hooray! They even imagine themselves as crime fighting superheroes. Taste their cloven justice!

Recommended by:  Erin Webster, Pike Branch Library

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Monster Be Good!

Monster Be Good!

In Monster Be Good! readers can take charge of the naughty little monsters who are crabby, wild and selfish. They are loud and have terrible manners. Kids will recognize their own bad behavior when they see it in these unruly little beasts.

"Don't be scared! You are in charge of the monsters. If you tell them how to behave, they will listen."

Even small children will be able to tell you exactly what the monsters are doing wrong. Kids will have a lot of fun taking charge by letting the monsters know how to be GOOD!

Watch Right Now! two stories about two all time favorite wild things...Alexander and Max! More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

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Watch Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day - On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too. Try these activities at home:

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Watch Where the Wild Things Are - A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. Try these activities at home:



More books about unruly kids, frogs and beasts who find out that all of us have a bad day now and then. Tomorrow will be a better one!

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Where the Wild Things Are
No David Martha, No!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Ten Naughty Little Monkeys
Froggy Eats Out My no, no, no day!

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:


Downloadable Audiobooks:

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Read Right Now! HELPING

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

The Little Red Hen's friends are lazy and don't want to do any work to make the cake they want to eat...kind of like children sometimes! Books are a great way to help children understand what it means to help out and be a part of a team that gets things done. Sometimes, the thing that needs done is keeping the toys picked up and the house clean. Sometimes, the thing is setting the table so the family can eat. Sometimes the thing is simply saying thank you.

Doing Chores UniteForLiteracy75 Read Doing Chores - Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

LittleRedHenSmall PBSKidsSmall Watch The Little Red Hen - The Little Red Hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it. The story of the little red hen starts at minute 14:23.

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Watch Farmer Duck - A kind and hardworking duck suffers at the hands of a lazy farmer. When he nearly collapses from overwork, the rest of the animals come to his aid.

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Read Helping My Mom Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Read I Can Help Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Read Not Too Little to Help 

More FREE Online Reading:


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:

LittleRedHenSmall LittleRedHen2 LittleRedHen3 BearsManners
BearsMessy LittleOink CleanRoom BeeBimBop
DinoDont BearThank HippoSays MouseSorry

Downloadable Audiobooks:

LittleRedHenSmall CliffordGood
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Boy + Bot

Most kid friendships start with one kid asking: "Want to play?" When the other kid is a robot, the answer is "Affirmative!" Boy and Bot have a great day until Bot's power switch gets bumped and he turns off. The boy asks, "Are you sick?" When Bot doesn't answer the Boy takes Bot home and does the things humans do to help each other feel better - a snack, a story, and a nap!

Boy takes a nap too. While he does, Bot's switch gets turned back on. Bot talks to Boy but Boy doesn't answer. "Did-you-malfunction?" Bot asks. And Bot does what robots do to fix each other - oil, reading the instruction manual, and a new battery!

FINALLY, Boy wakes up and Bot is powered up at the same time! Good times! Author: Ame Dyckman

Where's My Teddy? 93140

Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity 1114786

Blueberries for Sal 373542

More books about robot friendships and adventures:

Rabbit and Robot Robot Zombie Frankenstein The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot Cookiebot Wodney Wat's Wobot
Clink The Twelve Bots of Christmas Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World Wendell's Workshop The Trouble With Robots and Sisters
Robot Zot! R Robot Saves the Day Watch Out for Wolfgang Baby Brains and Robomom Hello Robots
Rolie Polie Olie Robobots If I Had a Robot
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Sleep Like a Tiger

"But I'm not tired!" I know you've heard this. Many nights. Maybe every night! It's so hard for kids to stop when playing is so much fun. The trick is winding them down for a good sleep while they are still having fun. We are all familiar with the "stayed up too late" meltdown!

In this story a little girl really doesn't want to go to bed. She protests all the while her parents are gently moving her through the rituals of bedtime: putting on pajamas, washing her face, brushing her teeth.

When she is finally tucked in she wants to know if everything in the whole world has to go to sleep. What follows is a listing of several animals and how they sleep ending with the tiger...because yes, even energetic ferocious tigers need to go to sleep.  Sleep! It's good for you! Author: Mary Logue

Here is a sampling of favorite bedtime stories from IndyPL Children's Librarians. These are the stories that make saying goodnight fun!:

Nighttime Ninja All Kinds of Kisses Tiger Can't Sleep Llama Llama Red Pajama
Goodnight Moon Time for Bed Dinosaur vs. Bedtime Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
Goodnight Gorilla Sleepy Oh So Sleepy Peekaboo Bedtime Goodnight Me
Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead Sleepy Time Olie How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? The Napping House
Bedtime Who Will Tuck Me In Tonight? Ten Sleepy Sheep Sleep Tight Little Bear
Happy Birthday Moon
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Good News Bad News

While on a picnic, Rabbit and Mouse look at everything that happens in a different way--Rabbit produces an apple, Good news!, Mouse finds a worm in it, Bad news! Rabbit produces a piece of cake, Good news!, Mouse sees a bee on it, Bad news!. Rabbit sees only the glass half full, Mouse sees only the glass half empty. Rabbit is Spongebob Squarepants and only sees every situation as something WONDERFUL!  Mouse is Squidward and only finds something TERRIBLE.

When their adventures take a hair raising turn Mouse finally loses it...and subsequently makes Rabbit cry...leading him to make an effort to see the good and cheer Rabbit up. A great story for Findng happiness in the simple things and for keeping disappointments in the proper perspective. You can complain...or you can find the bright side!

Some kids are automatically wired to be positive. For the kids who aren't naturally wired that way, these stories can help them learn how to look for the positive. Positive=smiles=happy.

Terrific Fortunately Fortunately, Unfortunately Duck Rabbit Rain Brings Frogs a Little Book of Hope
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