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Favorite Teacher Stories

 

World Teachers Day
October 5, 2015, World Teacher’s Day & May 3, 2016 National Teacher Appreciation Day are both great times to remember favorite teachers, both real and imagined. Talk to your child today about his or her teacher. Maybe this is the year for a thank-a-teacherfavorite who will be remembered for a long time. Here are some of our favorite storybook teachers. We love them all for so many reasons. They all care, plus they’re clever and funny!

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The Art Lesson Mrs. Brown in The Art Lesson – Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can’t wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of “rules”, he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the “rules” makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one’s individuality.
Arthurs Teacher Trouble Mr. Ratburn in Arthur’s Teacher Trouble – On the first day of school Arthur discovers he’s got the toughest teacher in the third grade! The pressure is on to study hard for the all-school Spellathon. Can Arthur beat last year’s champion speller? Or will he let Mr. Ratburn d-o-w-n.
Chrysanthemum Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle in Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect–until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?
The Dot The Art Teacher in The Dot – Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.
The Handkerchief Quilt Miss Anderson in The Handkerchief Quilt – When a disastrous flood damages Parkland School, forcing it to close for lengthy repairs, Miss Anderson, an elementary teacher, devises a way to raise money to help buy replacement books.
Lillys Purple Plastic Purse Mr. Slinger in Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse – Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.
The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip Miss Frizzle in The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip – Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip through the town’s electrical wires so they can learn how electricity is generated and how it is used.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Miss Bindergarten in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten – Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten. More Miss Bindergarten Books
Miss Foxs Class Shapes Up Miss Fox in Miss Miss Fox’s Class Shapes Up – When Miss Fox realizes that her students do not have healthy habits, she teaches them that healthful living is fun and rewarding, which they find to be true on Field Day. More Miss Fox Books
Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind Miss Malarkey in Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind – Miss Malarkey vows to find each of her students a book to love by the end of the school year, but one video-game loving boy proves to be a challenge. More Miss Malarkey Books
Miss Mingo and the First Day of School Miss Mingo in Miss Mingo and the First Day of School – Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves. Includes facts about animals. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2011-2012, K-3 Nominee. More Miss Mingo Books
Miss Nelson is Missing Miss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing – The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. More Miss Nelson Books
My Kindergarten Miss Cribbage in My Kindergarten – Through a month-by-month review of a year in kindergarten, Emily shares the stories of the many happy experiences she has at her school with her new classmates, including first day introductions, a review of the changing seasons, learning how to read a map, and taking a special field trip to the local library.
My Teacher The Teacher in My Teacher – A student wonders why her teacher has chosen to teach in her school for so long, and highlights all the special things her teacher does for her class.
My Teacher is a Monster Mr. Kirby in My Teacher Is a Monster – Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.
Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever Mrs. Hoggenmuller in Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever – Mrs. Hoggenmuller is being considered for teacher of the year, and Olivia goes all out to see that the class performs its best. Will her favorite teacher get the award?
You Are My Wonders The Teacher in You Are My Wonders – Illustrations and rhyming text combine in a celebration of the relationship between teacher and student.
Substitute Creature Mr. Creacher in Substitute Creature – Mr. Creacher, a multi-tentacled substitute teacher, warns his prankish students not to misbehave, recounting rhyming cautionary tales of the weird, spooky, and unexpected.
Teach Us Amelia Bedelia Amelia Bedelia in Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia – The very literal-minded Amelia Bedelia is up to her ears in trouble when she becomes a substitute teacher for a day, and her confused antics include handing out lightbulbs to the children when she is told to “plant bulbs.”
The Teacher From the Black Lagoon Mrs. Green in The Teacher From the Black Lagoon – On the first day of school, a young boy expects only the worst when he discovers that his new teacher is the “monstrous” Mrs. Green. More Black Lagoon Books
Thank You Mr Falker Mr. Falker in Thank you, Mr. Falker – At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

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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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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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Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Babybug, October, 2015 – Brightly illustrated stories and simple poems for Fall & Halloween. Age 6 months – 3 years. Zinio Directions
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Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Highlights High Five, October, 2015 – For beginning readers! Stories and poems, crafts and recipes, puzzles and other activities about Fall and Halloween. Ages 2-6. Zinio Directions
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Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Ladybug, October, 2015 – A mix of enchanting stories with colorful illustrations, ear-pleasing poems, lively songs, and crafts about Fall & Halloween. Pre-K-Grade 1. Zinio Directions

More FREE Online Reading:


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Pinterest LogoIndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Apples – activities, online games, printables, crafts & more!


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Candy Corn Tracer Halloween Letters Trick or Treat Bat Connect the Dots

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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:

Life_Cycle_of_a_Pumpkin.pub Printable Color Story Cards Life Cycle of a Pumpkin – Cut apart each stage in the life cycle of the pumpkin. Follow the diagram at the end of the book to put the cards in the correct order – Talk about each step. Ask questions: How big is the pumpkin? What color is the pumpkin? What comes first, a seed or seedling? Practice “telling” the story of a pumpkin seed.

More Ways to Practice Talking: Zero to Three: Tips on Learning to Talk


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

Celebrating Every Boy and Girl

Girls Are Not Tomboys
This booklist is inspired by the blog post “Girls Are Not Tomboys – They Are Girls” by Sharon Suchoval.

Some girls climb trees.Of Course They Do

Some girls wear dresses.

Some girls climb trees while wearing dresses.

Girls are Girls, Boys are Boys, Kids are Kids, In all their different and marvelous ways! Boys and girls can do anything! Here are some books that celebrate each kid in their own way.


Listen Right Now!

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Listen to a Celebrity Read Amazing Grace – Grace loves stories, whether they’re in books or in movies or the kind her grandmother tells. She acts out the most exciting parts of all sorts of tales…sometimes Hiawatha, or Aladdin, of Joan of Arc…There’s nothing that Grace enjoys more. Determined to play Peter Pan in the school play, African-American Grace meets opposition in her classmates, who insist that Peter Pan is a boy and white.

IndyPL Books:

Amazing Grace Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots Elena's Serenade Free To Be You and Me
Happy to be Girls How to Be I like Myself I Want to Be a Cowgirl
Just Like Josh Gibson Knit Your Bit Made By Raffi Mama Is a Miner
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress Not All Princesses Dress in Pink Not Every Princess Oliver Button is a Sissy
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt Swish Williams Doll Grandma Drove the Snowplow

 

A Mighty Girl150Find more stories about Mighty Girls on the www.amightygirl.com reading list: Individuality

Read Right Now! PUMPKINS

Going to the pumpkin patch or orchard is often a favorite Halloween activity for small children. Here are some free online books, printables, games & music about pumkins, visiting a pumpkin patch and carving a jack ‘o lantern.

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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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ItsFall UniteForLiteracy75 Read It’s Fall! Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!
Investigate Pumpkins Scholastic Logo Read Investgate Pumpkins (Investiga las calabazas) Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!
Pumpkin Pumpkin StarfallLogo Read Pumpkin, Pumpkin

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Pinterest LogoIndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Apples – activities, online games, printables, crafts & more!


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Free Freegal Apple Song Music Downloads
with your IndyPL Library Card! Details

Freegal Notes 200

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:

Life_Cycle_of_a_Pumpkin.pub Printable Color Story Cards Life Cycle of a Pumpkin – Cut apart each stage in the life cycle of the pumpkin. Follow the diagram at the end of the book to put the cards in the correct order – Talk about each step. Ask questions: How big is the pumpkin? What color is the pumpkin? What comes first, a seed or seedling? Practice “telling” the story of a pumpkin seed.

More Ways to Practice Talking: Zero to Three: Tips on Learning to Talk


Pumpkin eBooks:

PrizePumpkin FindPumpkin SeedsPumpkin PumpkinPiggies
PickPumpkin FallPumpkins PumpkinTime PumpkinsFarmer
DoraPumpkin PumpkinsNelson MarleyPumpkin PumpkinParable
PumpkinPrayer

Favorite Pumpkin Books:

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin Big Pumpkin The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Into the Pumpkin
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Pumpkin Trouble Pumpkinhead Grow Your Own Soup
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow How did That Get To My Table Pumpkin Pie The Pumpkin Book Pumpkin Light
Pumpkins Ready for Pumpkins The Story of the Jack O Lantern We Harvest Pumpkins in Fall

Recommended By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Staff Pick: Polar Bear’s Underwear

Polar Bear's Underwear

Polar Bear has lost his underwear and he asks his friend, Mouse, to help him find it.

Poor Polar Bear has lost his underwear. If only Polar Bear could remember what they look like…maybe Mouse can help. We follow our two friends as they see a variety of underpants. Due to the magic of cutouts on the pages, we see the underwear first followed by the owners on the following page. Each animal wears appropriately themed underpants, but none belong to Polar Bear. The story is full of wonderful bright colors and delightful surprises. A simple background only helps bring out the vibrant illustrations in this funny book that will surely make little ones giggle.

Recommended by Carol Segal – Glendale Branch Library

Staff Pick: Go to School Little Monster

Go to School Little Monster

Little Monster is nervous about his first day of school, but his teacher Mr. Drool and the other monsters put him at ease.

This book is about Little Monster’s first day of school. He meets other monsters and one monster, Fang, who has really big teeth and draws scary pictures. Fang draws a picture of a huge dinosaur with Little Monster in it’s jaws. He is only pretending and wants to be friends. Little Monster’s teacher, Mr. Drool, helps little Monster feel comfortable in classroom, on the playground and at lunch. I think children and teachers, especially, will enjoy this book because of the story, the rhyming and the great watercolor illustrations. I really enjoyed it.

Recommended by Carol Segal – Glendale Branch Library

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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