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Staff Pick: Big, Bigger, Biggest

Big, Bigger, Biggest

Introduces young children to the language of comparison, synonyms, and antonyms, and features pictures of animals in all shapes and sizes.

Big, Bigger, Biggest! by Nancy Coffelt introduces readers to adjectives, comparatives, and synonyms with the help of all kinds of fun animals friends. Readers can learn a heap, a slew, a ton of new colorful words like immense or viscous. This book makes for a great read-aloud and discussion starter. And who knows, you might just find a new favorite word.

Recommended by Mary Wirt - Pike Branch Library


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Staff Pick: Little Eliot, Big City

Little Eliot, Big City

Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller--and hungrier.

In a big city that isn’t properly sized for a little elephant, Elliot does his best to live his quiet life amidst the hustle and bustle that surrounds him. When he finds a problem that is impossible to overcome on his own, he find that even the littlest things can help make his life a little easier and a lot more fun.

This heartwarming tale of friendship and personal growth, in spite of one’s natural disadvantages, is a title that is certain to engage readers of every age and background. While children will love the adorable and relatable character of Elliot the little elephant, adults will enjoy the book’s beautifully illustrated pages, filled with artwork reminiscent of Depression Era artists such as Thomas Benton, Edward Hopper and Diego Rivera. Due to his vertical disadvantages, Elliot’s tale is one that could be especially inspiring to anyone with a physical disability or complication, showing that any obstacle that might stand in their way can be overcome with a little help.

As the first book by author and illustrator, Mike Curato, this book is a promising start to what will soon become a new juvenile series—the sequel, “Little Elliot Big Family,” is slated to hit the shelves in October of this year.

---Recommended by Joseph Lutholtz, infoZone - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Branch Library


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Staff Pick: Ninja Red Riding Hood

Ninja Red Riding Hood

In this twist on "Little Red Riding Hood," a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.

The Big Bad Wolf is having a hard time catching a meal because all of his prey is learning martial arts. So, what happens when he encounters a little girl with a red hood and awesome moves? In the eternal debate of Pirates vs. Ninjas, Ninjas seem to be winning. I’ve always been a fan of a good “fractured fairytale” and this is no exception. Ninja Red Riding Hood is light-hearted, fun, and action packed.

---Recommended by Kasey Panighetti, Franklin Road Branch


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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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indyPL Children’s Librarians: Favorite Books for Starting Kindergarten

Going to Kindergarten for the first time is exciting...and maybe a little scary! IndyPL Children's Librarians have put together this list of their favorites to put even the most reluctant student in the mood for school. Start a reading tradition in your family like this one from Shellie Rich, Public Services Librarian at Central Library:

"I love that book so much. With quotes like, “Alligator is for fancy. For school, stripes are nice,” I am pretty sure it is the best kindergarten book ever. And we still call my twelve-year-old’s school uniform her schooliform because of that book."

Also, you can read FREE books online, play online games & find FREE printables at: IndyPL Read Right Now! Starting School

New York Public Library: The Top 3 Books to Read Before Starting Kindergarten

More Recommendations:

Cindy Childers,
Nicole Porter,
Nichelle Hayes,
Nicole Porter,
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Click Clack Moo Cows That Type Corduroy Foxy

Cindy Childers
Beth Pintal,
Nichelle Hayes,
Nicole Porter,
Green Eggs and Ham I Like Me I Like Myself The Kissing Hand

Doriene Smither,
East Washington:
Janet Spaulding,
Selection Services:
Beth Pintal,
Cindy Childers,
Leaf Man Monkey Not Ready For Kindergarten The Pigeon Wants a Puppy Please Baby Please

Beth Pintal,
Janet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Cindy Childers,
Janet Spaulding,
Selection Services:
Tell Me a Dragon The Very Hungry Caterpillar Z is for Moose
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Staff Pick: Nuts in Space

Nuts in Space

An elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. But will they get home before something happens to the nuts?

Far away in the deep, deep space is a spaceship with a very hungry and a completely lost space team trying to get back home. What obstacles will they face in order to reach home? What evil will they encounter on a banana ship!?
Nuts in Space is the story of a team who just completed their mission to get the lost nuts of legend and now they are on their way home...except for one thing their lost!! Now they must travel through the galaxy to find their way back home, passing some planets with some interesting creatures and running into trouble they never saw coming. Take a journey with the best team in the galaxy and fight against the Darth Banana to protect the nuts of legend!

Recommended by: Mikaela Smith - Garfield Park Library


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NEW 2015 Back to School Books

You might also like Read Right Now! Starting School - books you can read online FREE without waiting plus eBooks and eAudio you can check out with your indyPL Library Card.

New Books:

Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten Rosie Goes to Preschool Not This Bear ABC School's for Me
Daddys Back to School Shopping Adventure Ready for School Murphy Birdies First Day of School Ally-Saurus and the First Day of School
Mouses First Night at Moonlight School Dads First Day Goose Goes to School First Grade Here I Come
Ready Set Kindergarten Stanley at School Kindergarten Luck The Humongous Hamster Goes to School
Eva and Sadie and the Best Classroom Ever Maple and Willow Apart Im New Here Ginny Louise and the School Showdown
Five Little Ducklings Go to School A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
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Staff Pick: Return of the Library Dragon

Return of the Library Dragon

Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school's library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.

If you loved The Library Dragon, you will be happy to learn that Miss Lotty has surfaced again in Return of the Library Dragon, written by Carmen Agra Deedy. In this sequel, Miss Lotty is about to retire as the school librarian when she learns that the books are being replaced with electronic devices. Her scales reappear as she staunchly defends her position to return the printed books back to the library. Fortunately, the new in-coming librarian, Miss Molly, agrees with Miss Lotty that children need to unplug from technology and Miss Lotty happily sails off to retirement.

Recommended by: Lisa Loepker - Eagle Branch Library


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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." ~The Cat in the Hat

It would be a good time 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 websites and books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold, snowy day!

Read Right Now!:

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

IsItColdOutside UniteForLiteracy75
Read Is It Cold Outside? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

A Blanket of Snow UniteForLiteracy75
Read A Blanket of Snow 

Brave Irene StorylineLogoSmall
Listen to Al Gore read Brave Irene Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing-- quite an errand for a little girl.

More FREE Online Reading:


Favorite Winter & Snow Stories:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow Snow The Jacket I Wear in the Snow Lemonade in Winter
Cliffords First Snow Day SnowFrosty Snowflake Bentley Katy and the Big Snow
SnowLadybug The Snowy Day Froggy Gets Dressed

New Winter & Snow Stories:

The Snowman and the Snowdog Skippyjon Jones Snow What Mimi and Bear in the Snow The First Snowfall
An Amazing Snowman Snowy Blast What Happens in Winter Sugar White Snow and Evergreens
Blizzard The Wonderful Gifts of Winter Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear The Winter Train
Earmuffs for Everyone

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreating SnowKnow SnowWeKnow SnowForts
Build Your Own Fort Igloo The Kids Winter Fun Book

Snow eBooks:

SnowThomas SnowToby SnowWillow SnowSkate
SnowChill SnowFrosty2 SnowFall SnowBerty

Snow eAudiobooks:

SnowBiggest SnowSnowDay SnowZach SnowBlow

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Christmas Books & CDs: Favorites & 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.

Favorite Christmas Books:

Authur's Christmas How the Grinch Stole Christmas Book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas The Twelve Days of Christmas The Story of Holly and Ivy The Nutcracker
Scared Squirrel Prepares for Christmas The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree The Christmas Story the Brick Bible The Night Before Christmas
The Polar Express Santa's Book of Names

Favorite Christmas CDs:

A Charlie Brown Christmas Max and Ruby and the Nutcracker Suite Christmas with the Chipmunks How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Putumay A Family Christmas

New Christmas Books:

How Many Sleeps Til Christmas And Then Comes Christmas Chick n Pug Christmas Twelve Days of Christmas in Indiana
Animals' Santa A Cookie for Santa Monster Needs a Christmas Tree Be Joyful
Memoirs of an Elf My Pen Pal Santa

Books & CDs recommended by: Janet Spaulding & Jessica Lawrence, Selection Services

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