Category Archives: Picture Book

Read Right Now! Maisy Makes Gingerbread

  • Maisy Makes Gingerbread FriendMaisy Read Maisy Makes Gingerbread Maisy the mouse makes gingerbread cookies and shares them with her friends Charley and Tallulah.

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  • iPad Users – Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive – from 2.99 to 7.99.

Read Right Now! Llama Llama Holiday Drama

  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama PenguinGroup Listen to Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Llama Llama becomes overwhelmed as Christmas preparations progress, until his mother reminds him of the real gift the holiday brings.

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users – Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive – from 2.99 to 7.99.

Read Right Now! CHRISTMAS

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FREE Online eBooks about Christmas:

The Polar ExpressHow the Grinch Stole ChristmasDecemberBrave IreneBunbun's Christmas Counting BookChristmasJourneyChristmasShipHoHoHoTuckerJingleAllMaisyGingerbreadThe Night Before ChristmasNightBrettSchnitzelFirstSesameCelebrateWaldos Christmas Surprise

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Printables, Crafts & More about Christmas:

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Listen to all of Raffi’s Christmas Albumon his YouTube Channel!

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November – Picture Book Month

2015 Picture Book Month

The 2015 Picture Book Month Champions are:2015 Picture Book Month Flier 500

  • Nov. 1: Trisha Speed Shaskan
  • Nov. 2: Deb Lund
  • Nov. 3: Matthew Gollub
  • Nov. 4: LeUyen Pham
  • Nov. 5: Sudipta Bardan-Quallen
  • Nov. 6: Mo Willems
  • Nov. 7: Penny Parker Klostermann
  • Nov. 8: Julie Hedlund
  • Nov. 9: Anne Marie Pace
  • Nov. 10: Paulette Bogan
  • Nov. 11: Molly Idle
  • Nov. 12: David Biedrzycki
  • Nov. 13: Kathryn Otoshi
  • Nov. 14: Whitney Stewart
  • Nov. 15: Julie Gribble
  • Nov. 16: Rukhsana Khan
  • Nov. 17: Mike Curato
  • Nov. 18: Robin Newman
  • Nov. 19: Stephen Shaskan
  • Nov. 20: Loren Long
  • Nov. 21: Carter Highins
  • Nov. 22: Jennifer Gray Olson
  • Nov. 23: Paula Yoo
  • Nov. 24: Joe Kulka
  • Nov. 25: Matthew Winner
  • Nov. 26: Holly Stone-Barker
  • Nov. 27: Eric Litwin
  • Nov. 28: TJ Shay
  • Nov. 29: Matt Phelan
  • Nov. 30: Natasha Wing

What an amazing list of authors, illustrators, and movers & shakers in the kidlit industry!

Read Right Now! Pete the Cat

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FREE Online Pete the Cat eBooks:

Pete the Cat and His Magic SunglassesPete the Cat and the New Guy

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A Pet for PeteCool for SchoolPete at the BeachPete the Cat and His Magic SunglassesPete the Cat and the Bad BananaPete the Cat and the New GuyPete's Big LunchPlay Ball

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Pete the Cat Printables, Crafts & More:

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A Scare-Free Halloween

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“It can be fun to be scared, as many of us will recall from Halloweens past. But if we think back, we’ll probably agree that there were two things that made it possible for that scariness to be fun. First, that we knew we were safe because someone we loved was nearby. Second, we knew that whatever was scaring us was only pretend.” ~Fred Rogers

Smart words from Mr. Rogers! Many small children don’t find Halloween fun at all!…the masks, the jumping out surprises and all the ghosts & vampires & scary looking pumpkins. Below are several stories that can help kids turn their Halloween fears into Halloween fun. If Arthur & Scaredy Squirrel can do it, so can your child!

Pirates RevengeAlso consider a trip to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Haunted Housebut go during lights ON hours. The volunteers go out of their way to be extra friendly as your child walks through.

 

 


Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with 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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Read Scaredy Squirrels Prepares for Halloween – Scaredy Squirrel puts together a collection of helpful safety tips and step-by-step instructions to guide you through common Halloween obstacles such as carnivorous plants, haunted houses and encountering the infamous Frankenstein.

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Read Me and My Dragon Scared of Halloween – A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.

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Read Boo Bunny – Two small bunnies face their fears while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

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Read Go Away Big Green Monster – A scary green monster begins to disappear, piece by piece and page by page, in a die-cut picture book that lets youngsters take control of the monsters in their lives.

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Read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – A brave little old lady who was not afraid of anything receives the scare of her life and comes up with an ingenious solution to conquer her fears.

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Read Arthur’s Halloween – Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister’s costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

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Read Never Say Boo – When Gordon, a ghost, moves to a new school, everyone is afraid of him until they learn that he is not as scary as they thought he was.

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Read Georgie – Georgie the friendly ghost is happy living with the Whittakers, but then things change and he decides to find a new place to haunt.

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Read One Wish for Winifred Witch – In this rhyming story, little Winifred Witch is excited about enjoying Halloween night with the big witches, but she has one small problem–she is afraid of the dark. Her secret wish is never to be scared of the dark again. She asks her Aunt Broomhilda, who owns a shop of spells, to help. When magic fails, Broomhilda shows her another solution to her fears.

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Read Vunce Upon a Time – A fearful, young vampire, who prefers candy to blood, bravely ventures into the human world on Halloween night to satisfy his sweet too.

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Read Humbug Witch – A little girl tries unsuccessfully to do all the tricks of a witch.

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!


FREE Online eBooks about Halloween:

I Need My Monster

Halloween eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Click Clack BooHaunted House Haunted MouseHalloween IsBy the Light of the Halloween MoonLos Gatos Black on HalloweenSpace CaseA Very Brave WitchBats at the LibraryScaredy Cat SplatFancy Nancy Halloween or BustShake Dem Halloween BonesNate the Great and the Halloween HuntThe Berenstain Bears Trick or TreatHumbug WitchMonster Needs a CostumeHalloweenGeorgeGeorgeCostumeRottenTrickBooCowMarthaHauntedOldLadyOverLittle Goblins Ten

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Printables, Crafts & More about Halloween:

Candy Corn TracerHalloween LettersTrick or TreatBat Connect the Dots

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Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or TreatersThe 13 Nights of HalloweenAlph Oops H is for HalloweenBabymouse Monster MashBig PumpkinClick Clack BooFive Little Monkeys Trick or TreatThe Hallo WienerHalloween HuntHalloween IsHappy Haunting Amelia BedeliaIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownLittle Goblins TenMinerva Louis HalloweenNate the Great and the Halloween HuntNational Geographic HalloweenScaredy Cat SplatSpace CaseThree Bears HalloweenTrick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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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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!


FREE Online eBooks about Pumpkins:

Investigate PumpkinsPumpkin Pumpkin

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PrizePumpkinFindPumpkinSeedsPumpkinPumpkinPiggiesPickPumpkinFallPumpkinsPumpkinTimePumpkinsFarmerDoraPumpkinPumpkinsNelsonMarleyPumpkinPumpkinParablePumpkinPrayer

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Printables, Crafts & More about Pumpkins:

P is for PumpkinPp Pumpkindot-to-dot jack-o-lantern2Clifford Pumpkin Maze

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Favorite Pumpkin Books:

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize PumpkinBig PumpkinThe Biggest Pumpkin EverInto the PumpkinIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownPumpkin TroublePumpkinheadGrow Your Own SoupHow Big Could Your Pumpkin GrowHow did That Get To My Table Pumpkin PieThe Pumpkin BookPumpkin LightPumpkinsReady for PumpkinsThe Story of the Jack O LanternWe Harvest Pumpkins in Fall

Recommended By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services