Category Archives: Holidays & Seasons

Read Right Now! VALENTINE’S DAY

Somebody Loves You Mr. HatchWhen lonely Mr. Hatch receives a mysterious note that simply says, “Somebody loves you,” it completely upends his previously dreary life. While he is wondering who his secret admirer could be he smiles when he didn’t before and he whistles while he works. It feels so good to be loved! When the identity of his admirer is finally revealed it is not at all who Mr. Hatch expected. He learns a great thing about love when this happens…when you are brave enough to give it, it comes right back to you! Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch is a lovely story to share on Valentine’s day. You can snuggle up with your favorite little Valentine and enjoy the story right now by watching this Storyline video. Listed below are more free online Valentine eBooks and activities as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks and print books you can check out with your indyPL library card. We love books and we love sharing them with you! Have a great Valentine’s Day!

More FREE Online eBooks:

The Night Before Valentine's DayDo You See Hearts?

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Dora Loves BootsFranklin's ValentineNate the Great and the Mushy ValentineThe Berenstain Bears' Funny Valentine

eAudiobooks:

Pete the Cat Valentine's Day is CoolAmelia Bedelia's First ValentineOne Zillion Valentines

Printables, Crafts & More:

Printable Be MinePete the Cat Valentine PrintableMarley Valentine PrintableThe Berenstain Bears Funny Valentine Word Hunt

Print Books:

A Giant CrushArthur's ValentineClick Clack Moo I Love YouClifford's First Valentine's DayCurious George Makes a ValentineElmo Loves YouFroggy's First KissLittle Bear's ValentineLove IsLove SplatLovePeppa's Valentine's DayRoses Are Pink Your Feet Really StinkThe Day It Rained HeartsThis is Not a ValentineValensteins a Love StoryXO, OX a Love Story

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The Science of Forecasting: It’s the Shadow Not the Hog

Groundhog's Runaway Shadow Men in top hats gathering around a burrow and luring a large rodent out to see if he casts a shadow to make a weather prediction is an unusual tradition! Odder still is that a sunny day, which will cast a shadow, means MORE winter, not less. That seems backwards!

Checking on one’s shadow is not a very scientific way to predict the weather, but Groundhog Day is a perfect time to talk about the science of shadows! Listed below are books and activities to help you explore shadows with your child.

FREE Online eBooks:

Show Me a Shadow

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Printables, Crafts & More:

Clifford Shadow MatchCount the GroundhogsG is for Groundhog

eBooks:

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A Garden for a GroundhogCaptain Hook's ShadowGroundhog DayHand Shadow FunSubstitute GroundhogThe Groundhog Day Book of Facts and FunShadow

Print Books:

Follow It Learn About ShadowsGeorge and His ShadowGroundhog's Day OffGroundhog's DilemmaGroundhog's Runaway ShadowHortense and the ShadowMe and My Shadow a Book about LightMy ShadowPunxsutawney PhyllisShadow ChasersSmoot a Rebellious ShadowThe Shape of Me and Other StuffThe Wolf and His ShadowWhat is a Forecast?What Is Groundhog Day?What Will the Weather Be?Who's There, BewareWill Spring Be Early of Will Spring Be Late

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Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

It’s cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.”

It would be a good day for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess!

Since The Cat in the Hat won’t really stop by, here are some books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold day, and later in the week, on a snowy day!

FREE Online eBooks about Snow:

Friendly Frosty MonstersThe MittenIsItColdOutsideA Blanket of SnowIts WinterBrave Irene

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SnowThomasSnowTobySnowWillowSnowSkateSnowChillSnowFrosty2SnowFallSnowBerty

eAudiobooks:

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SnowBiggestSnowSnowDaySnowZachSnowBlowSnowMarley

Printables, Crafts & More about Snow:

Winter FrostyWinter Ice SkateWinter Color HatsWinter Let It Snow

Books:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big SnowSnowThe Jacket I Wear in the SnowLemonade in WinterCliffords First Snow DaySnowFrostySnowflake BentleyKaty and the Big SnowSnowLadybugThe Snowy DayFroggy Gets Dressed

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreatingSnowKnowSnowWeKnowSnowFortsBuild Your Own Fort IglooThe Kids Winter Fun Book

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10 Books for Kids to Celebrate Kwanzaa & Nguzo Saba

Nguzo Saba are the seven principles of African Heritage celebrated during Kwanzaa.

1. Umoja (Unity)
2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
3. Ujima (Responsibility)
4. Ujamaa (Cooperative economics)
5. Nia (Purpose)
6. Kuumba (Creativity)
7. Imani (Faith)

In L’il Rabbit’s Kwanzaa, L’il Rabbit is having a rough Kwanzaa. He loves the big Kwanzaa feast called Karamu but he may miss it because his grandmother isn’t feeling well. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, L’il Rabbit remembers that Kwanzaa is a time for helping. He tells his animal friends that his Grandma is ill and the animals show up with food and gifts to help L’il Rabbit and his Grandma celebrate anyway. Listed below are more Kwanzaa stories to check out with your library card to share with your kids the spirit of Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principals of Kwanzaa).


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Crafts for KwanzaaKwanzaa Wonder BooksKwanzaaSeven Spools of Thread a Kwanzaa StoryWe Celebrate Kwanzaa in Winter

Print Books:

KwanzaaKwanzaaSanta's KwanzaaThe Sound of Kwanzaa

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

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Read Right Now! CHRISTMAS

A long, cold December night is a great time to share favorite Christmas stories! There are many holiday classics to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit. You can listen to video read alouds of two all-time favorites, The Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, right now! More free video read alouds are listed below along with printable activities and Christmas Favorites you can check out with your Library card. Have a wonderful holiday!

More great stories can be found at 25 Multicultural Christmas Books for Kids.

More FREE Online eBooks about Christmas:

The Polar ExpressBrave IreneChristmasJourneyChristmasShipHoHoHoTuckerJingleAllMaisyGingerbreadSesameCelebrateWaldos Christmas SurpriseBunbun's Christmas Counting BookSchnitzelFirst

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Printables, Crafts & More about Christmas:

Christmas BingoGrinch Dot to DotTracer Christmas TreeTracer Angel

eBooks:

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Pete the Cat Saves ChristmasBear Stays Up Late for ChristmasLlama Llama Holiday DramaThe Nutcracker

Print Chritmas Classics:

A Bad Kitty ChristmasArthur's ChristmasCarl's ChristmasChristmas in the BarnIt's Christmas DavidMerry Christmas StregaMr. Willowby's Christmas TreeNativityOlive the Other Christmas ReindeerRoom for a Little OneRudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerSanta's Book of NamesThe Christmas Miracle of Jonathon ToomeyThe Night Before ChristmasThe Night Before ChristmasThe SnowmanThe Story of Holly and IvyThe Twelve Days of ChristmasThe Year of the Perfect Christmas TreeYes Virginia There is a Santa Claus

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