Category Archives: Picture Book

The Best Days Are Dog Days

The Best Days are Dog Days

The story of a best friend from the point of view of a dog. The dog and the little girl sleep, eat and play together from the time they get up in the morning until they are tucked in together at night. Favotie illustration: the two of them brushing their teeth! A best friend story of puppy love. Author: Aaron Meshon

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:

Chicka Chicka Boom BoomClick Clack Moo Cows That TypeCorduroyFoxyGreen Eggs and HamI Like MeI Like MyselfThe Kissing HandLeaf ManMonkey Not Ready For KindergartenThe Pigeon Wants a PuppyPlease Baby PleaseTell Me a DragonThe Very Hungry CaterpillarZ is for Moose

Staff Pick: Poo in the Zoo

Poo in the Zoo

Bob McGrew, the head keeper at the zoo, loves his job, except when he has to clean up after the animals! One day, after escaping his cage, the iguana leaves behind something that catches the attention of the entire town, and a poo museum owner, that ends up making Bob’s messy job a lot easier!

“A children’s picture book about the everyday responsibilities of the zoo keeper, including the not so desirable task of cleaning up the poo!
As soon as I saw the title for this book, I knew it was going to be good. Poo in the Zoo is a laugh out loud tale of Bob McGrew, the zoo keeper.

Poor Bob has lots to do each day including cleaning up after all the zoo animals. In a rhyming tale of descriptive poo proportions, Bob starts out a normal day only to have it end extraordinarily different. There’s an escaped iguana, glow in the dark poo and a poo museum! In the end, Bob finds a solution to his problems and he and the animals are able to enjoy their days a little easier and a little less smelly.

This story is great to engage a large group of kids. They laugh and ‘eww’ at all the mentions of poo. It catches their attention from the beginning and keeps them watching and listening till the very end. Smallman spins a great tale for the imagination and Ada Grey’s illustrations are ‘illuminating’ and engaging for any young reader’s eye.
I’d recommend this book for anyone with a sense of humor and who’s not too squeamish!”

Recommended by Maggie Ward – Warren Branch

Staff Pick: Runaway Tomato

Runaway Tomato

After dodging an enormous, rolling tomato, townsfolk hold a festival to honor the red fruit.

“The Runaway Tomato is an action packed story of what happens when a giant tomato grows on a hill above the town. The town comes together to save the city from the huge tomato and even turns the giant mess into a fun time for all. The quirky story and vivid illustrations make this a fun story to read aloud and share the pictures with a small group. There are so many fun things to find in the illustrations it can keep a family occupied for an afternoon. With a nod to the classic “cloudy with a chance of meatballs”, this book brings the tomato into the realm of fun food.”

Recommended by Catherine Scheib – Wayne Branch

Staff Pick: My Family is a Zoo

My Family Is a Zoo

Everyone in my family has a special animal friend! My daddy has an elephant. My grandma has a bunny. My cousin has a kangaroo. And me? I have a bear! Pile in with the whole family–and more than a few of their favorite animals–for a special car ride.

“My Family is a Zoo is the story of a family and their animals taking a trip. Everyone has an animal even the dog has his own puppy. How many people will fit in the car; how many animals; where are they going? Read the book to find out about the special ending.”

Recommended by Judy Gray – Garfield Park Branch

June is LGBT Pride Month

Here are 12 picture books that celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and families:

And Tango Makes ThreeDonovans Big DayHeather Has Two MommiesI Am JazzIn Our Mothers HouseJacobs New DressMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressMy Princess BoyRed A Crayon's StoryStella Brings the FamilyThis Day in JuneWorm Loves Worm

Selections by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services Area

Superman Day! 75th Anniversary

June 12this Superman Day! What better day to remember your own imaginary adventures being the Man of Steel than by reading a Superman adventure and then putting together a costume for your own little Superboy or Supergirl! You can use an old towel or try one of the more involved costumes below – either way, the imagination will take over.

Picture Books

DC Super Heroes Story Book CollectionSuperman: Attack of the ToymanSuperman: Darkseid’s RevengeSuperman: Parasite CitySuperman: The Story of the Man of SteelSuperman and the Mayhem of MetalloSuperman: The Incredible Shrinking Super Hero!

Early Readers

Bizarro Day!Crime Wave!Superman: Escape from the Phantom ZoneSuperman: Superman versus MongulBrain Freeze!Superman: Superman versus BizarroI am Superman

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!

  • Amazing Grace Amazing Grace Listen to 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.

Books to Check-out with your Library Card:

Amazing GraceDo Princesses Wear Hiking BootsElena's SerenadeFree To Be You and MeHappy to be GirlsHow to BeI like MyselfI Want to Be a CowgirlJust Like Josh GibsonKnit Your BitMade By RaffiMama Is a MinerMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressNot All Princesses Dress in PinkNot Every PrincessOliver Button is a SissySam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon QuiltSwishWilliams DollGrandma Drove the Snowplow

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