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A Scare-Free Halloween

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“It can be fun to be scared, as many of us will recall from Halloweens past. But if we think back, we’ll probably agree that there were two things that made it possible for that scariness to be fun. First, that we knew we were safe because someone we loved was nearby. Second, we knew that whatever was scaring us was only pretend.” ~Fred Rogers

Smart words from Mr. Rogers! Many small children don’t find Halloween fun at all!…the masks, the jumping out surprises and all the ghosts & vampires & scary looking pumpkins. Below are several stories that can help kids turn their Halloween fears into Halloween fun. If Arthur & Scaredy Squirrel can do it, so can your child!

Also consider a trip to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Haunted House, Oct. 7–31, 2017 – but go during lights ON hours. The volunteers go out of their way to be extra friendly as your child walks through.

 

 


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Scare-Free Stories:

HalSquaredySquirrelScaredy Squirrels Prepares for Halloween – Scaredy Squirrel puts together a collection of helpful safety tips and step-by-step instructions to guide you through common Halloween obstacles such as carnivorous plants, haunted houses and encountering the infamous Frankenstein.

HalDragonScaredMe and My Dragon Scared of Halloween – A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.

HalBooBunnyBoo Bunny – Two small bunnies face their fears while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

HalGoAwayGo Away Big Green Monster – A scary green monster begins to disappear, piece by piece and page by page, in a die-cut picture book that lets youngsters take control of the monsters in their lives.

HalOldLadyThe Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – A brave little old lady who was not afraid of anything receives the scare of her life and comes up with an ingenious solution to conquer her fears.

HalArthurArthur’s Halloween – Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister’s costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

HalNeverBooNever Say Boo – When Gordon, a ghost, moves to a new school, everyone is afraid of him until they learn that he is not as scary as they thought he was.

HalGeorgieGeorgie – Georgie the friendly ghost is happy living with the Whittakers, but then things change and he decides to find a new place to haunt.

HalWinifredOne Wish for Winifred Witch – In this rhyming story, little Winifred Witch is excited about enjoying Halloween night with the big witches, but she has one small problem–she is afraid of the dark. Her secret wish is never to be scared of the dark again. She asks her Aunt Broomhilda, who owns a shop of spells, to help. When magic fails, Broomhilda shows her another solution to her fears.

HalHumbugWitchHumbug Witch – A little girl tries unsuccessfully to do all the tricks of a witch.

Read Right Now!: FALL

Join Clifford and Emily Elizabeth for the online read aloud story Leaf of Absence. Listed below are more free eBooks to read online as well as several printables and activities to fill a beautiful fall day. You will also find links to eBooks and printed books you can check out with your library card.

More FREE Online eBooks about Fall:

Natures ColorsItsFall

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Fall Printables, Crafts & More:

Clifford Leaf MatchLetter L alphabet tracing pageI look Football TracerLeaves Tracer

eBooks:

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A Leaf Can Be Book JacketClifford's First Autumn Book JacketFall Leaves Colorful & Crunchy Book JacketFall Book JacketFrom Apples Trees to Cider PressHello FallLittle Tree Book JacketMy Leaf Book Book JacketSophie's SquashThe Fantastic Gifts of Fall Book JacketThe Mutts Autumn DiariesThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some LeavesWhat Happens to Leaves in Fall? Book JacketWhy Do Leaves Change Color Book JacketAutumn Book JacketAutumn AcrosticAutumn Orange Book JacketLeaf Jumpers Book Jacket

Print Books:

Arthur Jumps into Fall Book JacketAutumn Book JacketAwesome Autumn Book JacketCount Down to Fall Book JacketFall Ball Book JacketFall is for School Book JacketFall is Fun Book JacketFall Leaves Book JacketFall Mixed Up Book JacketFancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage Book JacketGoodbye Summer Hello Fall Book JacketHow Do You Know It's Fall Book JacketKevin Discovers Autumn Book JacketLeaves Fall Down Book JacketLittle Frog and the Scary Autumn ThingPeppa's Windy Fall Day Book JacketRaggedy Ann and Andy Leaf DanceSay It Book JacketThanking the Moon Book JacketAutumn Visitors Book JacketThe Fall Festival Book JacketThe Fall Gathering Book JacketWe're Going on a Leaf Hunt Book JacketWonderfall Book Jacket

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Read Right Now! APPLES

The Apple

In Apple by Nikki McClure,  follow an apple as it falls from a tree, becomes part of a school girl’s lunch, and is buried through the changing seasons until it sprouts again.  Listed below are books, online activities and printables to help you your child learn even about apples; how apples grow, what apples taste like and how an apple gets from an orchard to you.

FREE Online eBooks:

Who Was Johnny AppleseedInvestigate ApplesApple Annie

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Printables, Crafts & More:

A is for Apple Printable 150Apple Dot to DotA is for Apple 2Trace the Letter A

eBooks:

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ApplesApplesThe Apple Trees DiscoveryApplesOutApplesLifeApplesSeasonsApplesSeedApplesShootApplesCrispApple Cider Making Days

Print Books:

Ten Apples Up on TopWhat's an Apple?Apples GaloreApples and ButterfliesApplesRiddleApplesApplesauceThe AppleCurious George: Apple HarvestApplesBiggestThe AppleTap the Magic TreeApplesFruitWe Harvest Apples in the FallApples A to ZApplesCookSo You Want to Grow a PieApplesPumpkinsApplesArnold

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Read Right Now! JULY 4th

I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance is the story of two people learning to say the pledge for the first time, one because she is a little girl and one because she is a new citizen. Libby will say the pledge at school and her great aunt Lobo will say it for her U.S. citizenship ceremony.

Below you will find printable activities, links to free online eBooks and links to eBooks and print books you can check out with your IndyPL library card. Learn about the Fourth of July holiday, the flag, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, fireworks and more!

FREE Online eBooks about July 4th:

Fourth of JulyCan You Make a Flag?

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eBooks:

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Fourth of July MiceJulyJuly JittersJulyThe Night Before the Fourth of July

Printables, Crafts & More:

Crayola Flag Coloring PageStatue of LibertyFireworks TracerCapital and Flag

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Print Books:

America the BeautifulApple Pie Fourth of JulyDaniel's First FireworksEloise and the Big ParadeEnzo and the Fourth of July RacesFireworks for AllGod Bless Our CountryHats Off for the Fourth of JulyI Am AmericaLooking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of JulyThe Explosive Story of FireworksFlags Over America Fourth of July FireworksHappy Birthday AmericaHappy Birthday America 2Independence DayLearn to Draw American LandmarksMy Country Tis of TheePaper Crafts for the Fourth of JulyThe Pledge of AllegianceProud to be an AmericanRed White and BoomThe Rocket's Red GlareThe Star Spangled BannerThe Star Spangled BannerWe Are AmericaWhat Is the Fourth of July

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Read Right Now! MOTHER’S DAY

Little llama asks each of his friends if their mamas are llamas. Each friend answers with a simple riddle about what kind of animal each mama is. One mama has a pocket for carrying babies. Can your child guess which animal mama has a pocket? You can listen to Is Your Mama a Llama? right now. More books to download or check out and online activities follow.

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eBooks:

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A Mother for ChocoMake Way for DucklingsThe Best Mother's Day EverThe Berenstain Bears Mother's Day BlessingsThe Mommy BookHeather Has Two MommiesLittle Chick and Mommy CatAre You My MotherCrafts for Mothers Day and Fathers DayHappy Mothers DayI Love You SoMommy MommyThe Night Before Mothers Day

eAudiobooks:

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Pinkalicious Mothers Day SurpriseA Chair for My MotherTu Mama es una Llama?

Printables, Crafts & More:

#1 MomMothers Day Connect the DotsMothers Day MazeMothers Day Writing Paper

Books:

AwayCatch a KissHero MomI Want My MomMama and MeMax and Zoe Celebrate Mother's DayOh the Things My Mom Will DoSome MomsTake Your Mom to Work TodayThe Berenstain Bears We Love Our MomThe Night Before Mother's DayThere's No One I Love Like YouTogetherWhat Not to Give Mom on Mother's DayWhere's My Mom?We Love Our Mom!Gus Makes a GiftMama's Day with Little Gray

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