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14Jun/150

Read Right Now! Father’s Day

June 21st, Father's Day, is just two weeks away. This is the perfect time to find some great books about Dads and Grandpas and to find the perfect craft that will show Dad how much fun he is!

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


My Father Runs an Excavator StarfallLogo
Read My Father Runs an Excavator - A little girl talks about the big machines her Dad and his team use at work - and the same machines she uses in the sandbox.

When Will Daddy Come Home Storyplace
Read When Will Daddy Come Home? - Sophie and Sam wait patiently for their Daddy to get home.

Shopping With Dad Cebeebies 75
Read Shopping With Dad - Venture to the supermarket with this father-daughter duo on a very lively shopping trip. As their trolley swings down the aisles, a minor calamity occurs.

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Watch Blue-Ribbon Dad - Squirrels dad is coming home soon and squirrel is making hisdad a blue- ribbon surprise because he is the best dad!

More FREE Online Reading:


Websites:

New Father's Day Books:

If my Dad were an animal Me and My Dad I Want my Daddy Big Enough to Help How to Surprise a Dad
Tad and Dad Just Like Daddy Franklin’s Day with Dad A Special Day with Dad

More Father's Day Books:

Always Daddy’s Princess Because I’m Your Dad Big Brave Daddy Daddies Do It Different Giddy-Up Daddy!
Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads I Love My Daddy My Dad! My Dad is Big and Strong, but -- My Dad Thinks He is Funny
Saturday is Dadurday Saturday With Daddy When a Dad Says “I Love You” When Dads Don’t Grow Up Grandpa’s Tractor
How to Babysit a Grandpa My grandpa

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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1May/150

Read Right Now! MOTHER’S DAY

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


Helping My Mom UniteForLiteracy75
Read Helping My Mom - A story about all of the things children do to help Mom out from folding socks to feeding the fish.

Happy Mothers Day Dear Dragon StarfallLogo
Read Happy Mother's Day Dear Dragon

More FREE Online Reading:


New Mother's Day Books:

My mommy is magic Mom School Me and Mom I Love Mom Mom’s the Word
Davy Loves His Mommy A Mom for Umande Mom’s Are the Best!

Mother's Day Books:

I Love ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do…Because She Loves Me What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day Hero Mom I Want My Mom!
Where’s My Mommy? We Love Our Mom! Take Your Mama to Work Today There’s No One I Love Like You I Love You
Mama and Me Max and Zoe Celebrate Mother’s Day Gus Makes a Gift The Night Before Mother’s Day Mother’s Day Surprise
Hello, Mommy ZooBorns

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selections Services

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20Apr/150

Read Right Now! EASTER

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Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child's life.

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!


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Its Easter Little Critter MercerMayer
Listen to Mercer Mayer read It's Easter Little Critter - Little Critter is very excited on Easter morning. He wakes up to find a present from Mom and Dad—a bunny named Egg. But there is much to be done before Little Critter can go out and play. Join Little Critter as he makes Easter baskets and cards, paints Easter eggs, and more.

More FREE Online Reading:


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Websites:

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Easter B is for Basket Easter Six Easter Eggs Easter Book Easter Counting Book

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Easter Songs for Children Easter Songs 50 Easter Songs for Children

Talking

The more words children hear, the more words they learn, the better prepared they are to read! Here are some tips for talking about letters:

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Favorite Books for Easter:

He Is Risen Rechenka's Eggs The Golden Egg Book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Favorite Bunny Books:

Benjamin BigCarrot Hungry MoonRabbit

Bunny eBooks & eAudio:

BoyBunny RabbitsDuck RabbitsGift RabbitsSee
RabbitsSpotty RabbitsTen
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1Apr/150

Report Reveals Reading Bad for Kids Before Age Five

April Fools!

Of course!

Reading is GREAT for kids before age five. The BEST.

Plenty of reports show it, like these:

And lots of fun to be had:

Books:

Barnyard Fun April Fool, Phyllis! Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day April Fool!  Watch Out at School!
April Foolishness Michael le Souffle and the April Fool April Fools!

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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17Mar/150

St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

New Books:

The Leprechaun Under the Bed The Story of the Leprechaun Ten Lucky Leprechauns Green Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day

eBooks:

And I should have included the e-books:

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, Dear Dragon Let’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Favorites

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever! Good Luck! A Fine St. Patrick’s Day
Paper Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day Let’s Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party! Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day What is St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day
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8Feb/150

Chinese New Year February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year starts February 8, 2016. Here are some books and websites to help you explore this holiday together.

Websites:

Stories about Chinese New Year:

Red is a Dragon Bringing in the New Year Thanking the Moon My First Book of Chinese Words
The Runaway Wok A Gift The Year of the Snake The Year of the Rabbit
The Year of the Tiger The Year of the Dragon New Year Dragon Dilemma The Star Maker

Chinese Stories:

The Ugly Vegetables Dim Sum for Everyone Okie-Dokie, Artichokie! Olvina Flies
Robert’s Snow Fortune Cookies Our Seasons The Red Thread
Lissy’s Friends Olvina Swims Bringing in the New Year

 

Learn about Chinese New Year:

Chinese New Year Cultural Traditions in China Chelsea’s Chinese New Year Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year Paper Crafts for Chinese New Year Super Simple Chinese Art Chinese New Year Crafts

 

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4Dec/140

Holiday Gift Picks for Kids from IndyPL Librarians

Picture Book Picks:

The Book With No PicturesKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You SeeEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
NocturneShellie Rich,
Central Library
Stop Snoring BernardJoe Fox,
Irvington
The Going to Sleep BookEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABCCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
The Twelve Days of Christmas Pop-UpSusan Barhan,
Southport
This Book Just Ate My DogKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Take Away the ACarrie Waterson,
IT
Sam and Dave Dig a HoleJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Mr FrankCarrie Waterson,
IT
The Twelve Days of Christmas in IndianaCarrie Waterson,
IT
Good Night IndianaLaura Dixon,
Outreach
Go to Sleep Little FarmShellie Rich,
Central Library
TelephoneKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Circle Square MooseJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Chapter Book Picks:

The Mysterious HowlingRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Magic ThiefRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Mysterious Benedict SocietyRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Squires TaleRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
Wildwood ChroniclesRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
SidekickedCarrie Waterson,
IT
El DeafoJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Greenglass HouseShellie Rich,
Central Library
The Chicken SquadJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
The Case of the Weird Blue ChickenJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Technology Toy Picks:

SpheroRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
kano2Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
3doodlerRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

App Picks:

FingerpaintWithSoundsFingerpaint with Sound

Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

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)
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24Mar/130

Easter

This year, Easter is on March 31, 2013. On this Sunday families will gather to attend church, eat, hunt for Easter Eggs and many other family traditions. Here in the Indianapolis area there are several Easter activities for families including a trip to the library for your favorite Easter stories. Or, try a new one - there are a lot this year!

Favorite Books for Easter:

He Is Risen Rechenka's Eggs The Golden Egg Book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Websites

Indianapolis Area Easter Egg Hunts:

Springtime in Indianapolis is a really beautiful time. This year, Easter is a little early so the weather could go either way. But cold weather or not, your kids are going to want to participate in an Easter egg hunt or two. Many local churches, parks and non-profit organizations host Easter egg hunts. If you aren't sure where to take the kids, this list may come in handy.

New Easter Books for 2013:

Chester’s Colorful eggs The Bad Easter Bunny Easter Bunny on the Loose! Marley and the Great East Egg Hunt The Little Gray Bunny
Chick’s Work of Art Happy Easter! Easter Egg Haunt Wake Up, It’s Easter! The Easter Bunny’s Assistant
Piggy Bunny Lily’s Easter Party God Gave Us Easter Benjamin’s Box The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Easter Sweets and Treats Easter Origami Lily’s Easter Party Decorating Eggs Simon and the Easter Miracle
Easter Paper Crafts for Easter Emma’s Easter

Easter eBooks:

Easter Downloadable Audio:

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22Mar/130

Passover

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then

Passover this year is from March 25 - April 2, 2013. During Passover Jewish people remember how their ancestors left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. The Passover celebration lasts for seven or eight days, depending on where you live.

On the night before Passover starts, there is a special meal called a Seder. Families read the story of how the Israelites fled from Egypt from a book called the Haggadah. An extra cup is on the table and the door is left open for Elijah. Jews believe that the prophet Elijah will reappear to announce the coming of the Messiah.

The books and websites on this page can be enjoyed by families celebrating Passover themselves or by families who would like to learn about the Passover traditions of their friends and neighbors.

Websites:

Favorite Passover Books:

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder Passover! The Matzo Ball Boy
Wonders and Miracles a Passover Companion Matzah Man a Passover Story Miriam's Cup Matzah That Papa Brought Home

New Passover Books:

The Longest Night: A Passover Story Grover and Big Bird’s Passover Celebration The Passover Lamb Jodie’s Passover Adventure Izzy the Whiz and Passover
A Sweet Passover The Elijah Door The Passover Zoo Seder Hoppy Passover! Tale of Two Seders
Sarah’s Passover Passover

Passover eBooks:

Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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20Mar/130

And Then It’s Spring!

And then it IS Spring! Finally! TODAY, March 20th, the vernal equinox. This is the day that the sun moves from south of the equator to north of the equator. Spring is in our hemisphere! The days, which have been getting longer since the winter solstice on December 21st, are now the same length as the nights. Equinox is latin for "equal nights."

When small children think of Spring, they think of lambs, chicks, ducklings, flowers and playing outside. There are a lot of books at the library to celebrate Spring: stories about baby animals and planting gardens getting outside again. Pulling a wagon to the library and filling it up with books is a great way to spend a pretty day!

You know what else is a sign of spring? Caterpillars. That means butterflies and moths are coming! Who better to usher in Spring than Eric Carle himself reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for today, March 20th, the First Day of Spring as well as The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, 2013!

Websites

  • National Geographic Kids: Tiny Frogs Ring in Spring
  • Martha Stewart: Kids Spring Crafts
  • TO DO: Indianapolis Zoo/Hilbert Conservatory: Butterfly Kaleidoscope Opens March 22, 2013! See over 40 species of butterflies!
  • TO DO: White River State Park: Flight of the Butterflies 3D Downtown Indy IMAX movie follows the year-long annual migration cycle of monarch butterflies. Hundreds of millions of monarchs flying their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.
  • TO DO: Holliday Park, Indianapolis April and May 2013 Calendar of Events

Favorite Books about Spring

My Spring Robin Clifford’s Spring Clean-up Spring, An Alphabet Acrostic Spring Thaw Splish Splash, Spring
The Search for Spring It’s Spring! Wake Up, It’s Spring! Mouse’s First Spring

New Spring Stories for 2013

Oh So Tiny Bunny Mama Hen’s Big Day Peep and Ducky Rabbit’s Spring Adventure And then it’s Spring
I See Spring Rain! Rain, Rain, Smurf Away It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

New Spring Non-Fiction for 2013

Signs of Spring Spring Blossoms Plants in Spring Weather in Spring People in Spring
Animals in Spring How do you know it’s spring? Spring colors Exploring Spring Why is it spring

Book Recommendations By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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