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3Nov/140

Read Right Now! THANKSGIVING

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

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Read Stir, Sift, Slice, the story of kids helping in the kitchen.

My Family UniteForLiteracy75
Read My Family - Practice reading the names of each family member, Mother, Father, Grandmother, Brother, etc.

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Favorite Thanksgiving Books from IndyPL Children's Librarians:

AllPie BalloonsBroadway Charlie Brown FirefightersThanksgiving
GivingThanks SwallowedPie MagicPot MollyPilgrim
OverRiver TurkeyFree StoneSoup TapTree
ThankSarah Tappletons TurkeyThanksgiving TurkeyPox
NightBefore ChickenStew

New Books:

The Great Thanksgiving Escape Snoopy's Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for Emily Ann The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessing
Thanksgiving Mice Pinkalicious Thanksgiving Helper Thanksgiving Thanksgiving 2
Happy Thanksgiving The First Thanksgiving

eBooks:

Thanksgiving What Makes It Special Dinosaurs' Thanksgiving Gus the Pilgrim Turkey Caillou Happy Thanksgiving
An Outlaw Thanksgiving The Memory Cupboard a Thanksgiving Story Pilgrim Cat Sarah Gives Thanks
Sometimes Its Turkey The Thanksgiving Story This Is the Turkey We Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Fall
Round the Turkey The Story of the First Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Mice

New eAudio:

One is a Feast for a Mouse Pinkalicious Thanksgiving Helper Thanksgiving Is

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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24Oct/140

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

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Listen to I Need My Monster Checking under the bed for his monster, Ethan discovers that he is gone fishing for a week, and realizing he can't sleep without him tries to find a substitute monster.

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New Halloween Books:

A Halloween Scare in Indiana Shivery Shades of Halloween Dog and Bear Tricks and Treats Ladybug Girl and the Dress Up Dilemma
Ghosts Go Haunting Not Very Scary Ready Steady Ghost The Sweetest Witch Around
Penguin and Pumpkin Little Boo Jack O Lanterns Celebrate Halloween

Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or Treaters The 13 Nights of Halloween Alph Oops H is for Halloween Babymouse Monster Mash
Big Pumpkin Click Clack Boo Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat The Hallo Wiener
Halloween Hunt Halloween Is Happy Haunting Amelia Bedelia It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Little Goblins Ten Minerva Louis Halloween Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt National Geographic Halloween
Scaredy Cat Splat Space Case Three Bears Halloween Trick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

eBooks:

Happy Halloween Humbug Witch Ten Creepy Monsters Trick or Treat
Druscillas Halloween Shivery Shades of Halloween Monster Needs a Costume MarleyPumpkin
FranklinHalloween HalloweenGeorge HalloweenMice HalloweenGus
HalloweenHarriet HalloweenOllie GeorgeCostume RottenTrick
BooCow HauntedParty MarthaHaunted NotAfraid

eAudio:

HalloweenMittens DirkBones OldLadyOver Scaredy Cat Splat
By the Light of the Halloween Moon Little Goblins Ten

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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1Sep/140

Read Right Now! APPLES

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Read Apple Annie - A young girl and her Aunt make a doll out of a dried apple.

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Apple Orchards in Central Indiana:


eBooks:

Apples Apples The Apple  Trees Discovery A Visit to the Apple Orchard
ApplesOut ApplesLife ApplesSeasons ApplesSeed
ApplesShoot ApplesFarmer ApplesCycle ApplesCrisp
Apple Cider Making Days

Apple Stories:

Apples and Butterflies ApplesRiddle The Apple The Apple Trees Discovery
Curious George: Apple Harvest ApplesBiggest ApplesApplesauce ApplesCider
ApplesPumpkins The Apple Apples Galore Tap the Magic Tree

Apple Non-Fiction:

ApplesArnold ApplesGibbons ApplesFruit ApplesSeasons
We Harvest Apples in the Fall ApplesCrisp Apples A to Z Eating Apples
ApplesCook
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20Apr/140

Read Right Now! EASTER

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Read Hop Hop Hop - Three bunnies find that inside the house is not a good place to hop, hop, hop!

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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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6Feb/140

Read Right Now! VALENTINE’S DAY

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Read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch - An anonymous valentine changes the life of the unsociable Mr. Hatch, turning him into a laughing friend who helps and appreciates all his neighbors.

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Valentine's Day Favorites:

Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine Arthur’s Valentine One Zillion Valentines The Valentine Bears
It’s Valentine’s Day The Day It Rained Hearts Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink Clifford’s First Valentine
Froggy’s First Kiss Little Bear’s Valentine If You’ll Be My Valentine Love Splat
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch You're Loveable to Me Note the Great and the Mushy Valentine Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool

Valentine's Day eBooks & eAudio:

Learn About Valentine's Day:

What is Valentine’s Day Let’s Throw a Valentine’s Day party! Valentine’s day Valentine’s Day Origami
Valentine’s Day Sweets and Treats Valentine Be Mine I Haiku You Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day Crafts Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Funny Valentine’s Day jokes
Valentine’s Day A Valentine’s Day Drawing Treat Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Valentine's Day Books:

A Crankenstein Valentine Do You want a Hug? Hello Kitty, Hello Love! Hug Machine
Hugs Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine Love Monster Princess Posey and the First Grade Ballet
Ruby Valentine and the Sweet Surprise There is This Thing The Valentine Two Hands to Love you
The Very First Kiss

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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10Dec/120

Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – Classics & New

 

December is a great time to share favorite stories; there are just so many old holiday favorites to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit. On this page you will find Chistmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa classics as well as brand new 2012s that just might be classics in the making.

Favorite Christmas Stories:

Arthur's Christmas The Best Christmas Pageant Ever How the Grinch Stole Christmas Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Night Before Christmas Nutcracker Polar Express Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa's Book of Names The Story of Holly and Ivy The Twelve Days of Christmas Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Favorite Hanukkah Stories:

Chanukkah Guest Eight Wild Nights Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night

NoTimeForFlashcards Blog: Picture Books About Hanukkah

Favorite Kwanzaa Stories:

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa Seven Spools of Thread

New Christmas Books:

A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus The Birds of Bethlehem Christmas Parade The Christmas Quiet Book The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids
The Christmas Tugboat Christmas Wombat Christmastime Cowboy Christmas Dinosaur vs. Santa
The Friendly Beasts The Christmas Crisis How Do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas Just Right for Christmas The Night Before Christmas, Deep Under the Sea
The Night Santa Got Lost Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Santa from Cincinnati Santa on the Loose!
Santa Retires The Santa Trap Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas Together at Christmas Tom the Christmas Elf
Turkey Claus Who Built the Stable?

New Hanukkah Books:

Caleb’s Hanukkah The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap
The Golem's Latkes The Hanukkah Hop How do Dinosaurs say Happy Chanukah? Jeremy’s Dreidel Maccabee Meals
Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

New Kwanzaa Books

Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Kwanzaa: Count and Celebrate! Kevin’s Kwanzaa
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa
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9Nov/120

Thanksgiving

Balloons Over BroadwayEven the smallest of us know that it is a good thing to always remember to say "thank you!"

Thanksgiving stories are a great way to remember together the many things we can be thankful for...for one thing...we can be glad SOMEBODY REMEMBERED TO MAKE DINNER. (See: Thanksgiving at the Tappletons')

Listed below are some new Thanksgiving titles for 2012 and some favorites that qualify for "read it again!" Librarian's favorite? Balloons Over Broadway. Who can resist learning about those big balloons?

Websites

Books

NEW Thanksgiving Books for 2012:

Bear Says Thank You Grace's Thanksgiving Let's Throw a Thanksgiving Party Sarah Gives Thanks Splat Says Thank-You
Thanksgiving What Is Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Origami Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving

Don't Miss These Thanksgiving Favorites:

10 Fat Turkeys Arthur's Thanksgiving I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Run Turkey Run
Thanks for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Mice!
Turkey Pox

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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