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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!

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

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Read A Blanket of Snow 

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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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Free App – Goodnight Safari


Help the giraffe eat her dinner, the monkey climb to bed, and the elephant kiss goodnight. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • Help the animals prepare for bedtime through seven interactive scenes.
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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Read Right Now! OPPOSITES

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

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Read Packy & Trip a Country Mouse and a City Mouse - Packy loves living in the country. Frip loves his city life. What happens when these two opposites meet? Can a city mouse be happy in the country? Can a country mouse live in the city? Packy and Frip find out. This is a Common Core-aligned book for Grade 1.

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Watch Opposites Bunny -  Video segments from Between the Lions. An animated superhero bunny saves the day through the use of opposites.

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Read Big and Little Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Read Loud and Quiet Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

More FREE Online Reading:


Opposites Videos:

Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

InsideOutside GeorgeOpposites ElmerOpposites OldHatNewHat


ExactlyOpposite IsItBig Contrarios UpDuck
MaisyBig MaisyGrande GoodNews HockeyOpposites
opuestos HeavyLight SmoothRough HighLow
BackFront OctopusOpposites BigDog RalphOpposites
BigLittle OpositesPark
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Staff Pick: This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

Understanding the narrative is an important skill your toddler needs to learn to read, but sometimes talking about the book as you read it can be a challenge.  How do you ask questions without interrupting the flow of the story?  How do you encourage your child to guess what happens next?  Don’t worry, I am here to help!

Check out these two books by Jon Klassen; This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back.  There’s an obvious underlying hat theme going on, and what kid doesn’t love hats?  In the first story, a little fish has stolen a big fish’s hat.  In the second one, a bear searches for his lost hat.  Both stories have important lessons about stealing, and they’re both amusing (I checked with my nephews, the books are definitely funny), but the best part is how easy it is to talk about the narrative.  Every page is an opportunity for questions.  Both books are written in a conversational style that’s very engaging.   The illustrations are eye-catching.  Both books are open-ended, which allows your preschooler to tell you what happens!  Your child will be guessing what happens next long before you turn the last page.

I Want My Hat Back
Recommended by:  Emilie Lynn, East 38th Street Branch Library

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Free App – Just Me and My Mom


Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he spends the day in the city with his mom. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From the train station to the museum, how will Little Critter do in the big city? iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • Highlighted narration
  • Learn new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
  • Record yourself reading
  • Play two find-the-creature mini games! Can you can find all of the spiders and grasshoppers within the story?
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids


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Free App – Cinderella


Cinderella - A Princess Storybook for iPad and iPhone from One Hundred Robots on Vimeo.

Turn a pumpkin into a coach, change 3 mice into horses, transform a ragged dress into a magnificent gown, and help an old pair of shoes become glass slippers! Touch objects on each page to discover hidden sounds. You will feel like Cinderella — being graced by a fairy godmother, transforming into the radiant beauty of the ball, and becoming a princess! This interactive book includes 40 storybook scenes. iTunes Preview


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